February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month which is important to also reflect on health disparities that affected various racial populations. Racial disparities are present in many facets of health and disease. Allergy and asthma are no exceptions.  Health disparity is a reflection of the health difference linked with economic, social and environmental disadvantage. Health disparities are known to adversely affects groups that have systematically experienced greater social or economic obstacles to health based on their race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, and/or geographic location.  In regards to allergies, racial disparities in allergic disease outcomes have been reported with African Americans suffering disproportionately compared to White individuals with disparities being clearly noted as early as age of 2 years. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3428737/) The sources of this disparity are not known but are unlikely to be solely genetic. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4888051/)