The word wool is not a medical term.
It is a word with a scientific meaning, but one which, to the uninitiated, can be confused with other medical terms such as a virus or cancer.
In a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers from the University of Sheffield and the University Hospital, Bristol, compared the clinical symptoms of individuals who had suffered from the flu with those of those who had not.
They found that individuals who were allergic to wool had similar symptoms as those who were not.
While the study was limited to individuals, other research has shown that some people who are allergic to the wool may also have a condition called rhabdomyolysis.
According to Dr. John P. Jones, a clinical professor at the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands, it is a process whereby tissue becomes brittle and weak, and when the tissue is damaged, it can be susceptible to infection.
The same phenomenon is happening with wool.
As a result, Dr. Jones believes that the condition could lead to a rise in the prevalence of the wool allergy, which in turn could put wool in an even greater danger than the flu.
In the future, if wool becomes more prevalent in the world, Dr Jones predicts that it will be linked to increased healthcare costs, particularly for those who have a high risk of developing rhabdomyolytic infection.
“If we think about the world that we live in, we need to have an awareness that we are living in a world of wool,” he told New Scientist.
“The wool allergy is something that is happening now, and it’s happening more often than it used to be.”
As far as the future is concerned, the wool industry has already taken steps to ensure its future.
Since its founding in 1873, the world’s largest wool industry organisation, the Wool Council, has provided a mechanism to ensure the safety of wool and its products, and the Wool Commission, an independent body, has set the legal guidelines for the wool sector.
As the wool has become increasingly expensive, Dr T.J. Smith, chairman of the Wool and Naturals industry board, said the industry has taken steps that are making the wool more sustainable.
“We are a much more sustainable industry, we are making wool more environmentally friendly, and we are reducing our emissions,” he said.
“So it’s a really good sign that we’re taking the right steps.”
But for those concerned about the future health of wool, there are steps the industry can take that could make a big difference.
For instance, there is an initiative called the World Wool Day, which aims to help educate the public about the benefits of wool.
“Every day, wool is sold in supermarkets and we’re buying hundreds of thousands of tons of it, and our average life expectancy is 70 years, so the benefits are great,” Dr Smith said.
As for the people who have developed the wool allergies, Dr Smith believes that there is no doubt that they have an illness.
“They are really vulnerable,” he explained.
“You can tell them that their body is sick and they will respond and they’ll take medication to make sure they’re well, but then it could turn into an autoimmune disease.”
The Wool Council is working on a new product to help alleviate the problem of the allergy.
However, even if the wool is a safe and sustainable alternative to traditional fibres, there will always be those who still refuse to buy it.
“There’s an enormous demand for wool and we’ve seen a lot of people buy it, but we can’t guarantee that they will buy it again,” Dr Jones said.
In order to encourage the wool community to adopt the new technology, the industry is holding a series of events in different locations across the UK to help the wool economy thrive.
These include a Wool Week, an annual gathering at the Royal Agricultural Museum in Edinburgh.
This year, there’s also an event in Liverpool called “The Wool Market”.
The Wool Week event is expected to run from August 19 to 20, but the next Wool Week will take place on November 10.
While there are some good ideas, the fact remains that wool does not solve all of the problems faced by those who are susceptible to the condition.
For the time being, the only hope is to find the right products that are safe for wool.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing a reaction to wool, contact the Wool Health Network and ask for advice.
For more information about wool, please visit the Wool Safety Forum.