Allergy info · Allergy Journey: Sarah

10 Facts About Food Allergies

Did you know?:

  • Eight foods account for 90 percent of all reactions: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. You may often hear these allergens referred to as the “top 8”.
  • Food allergies affect 1 in every 13 children (under 18 years of age) in the U.S. That’s roughly two in every classroom. Your child most likely knows someone with a food allergy.
  • Of food allergic children, peanut is the most dominant allergen, followed by milk and then shellfish.
  • According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011. Research is still being done to figure out why.
  • Teenagers and young adults with food allergies are at the highest risk of fatal food-induced anaphylaxis. Fifty-percent of these reactions will be outside the home.
  • A food allergy can begin at any age.
  • Even tiny amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction.
  • Symptoms of anaphylaxis may recur after initially subsiding and experts recommend an observation period of about 4 hours to monitor that the reaction has been completely resolved.
  • In children with food allergies, 30 percent are allergic to multiple foods.
  • Your risk of having food allergies is higher if you have a parent who suffers from any type of allergic disease (like asthma, eczema, food allergies, or environmental allergies).

For more information, check out these websites: here and here.

I am familiar with most of these statistics, just from experience. Genetics play a big role and we knew that our chances of having children with food allergies was higher for us than other families. We are now discovering how allergies can start at any age, as my husband just recently tested positive for allergens and EoE.

One statistic that frightens me is that teenagers are the highest risk group for anaphylaxis. As my daughter nears the tween years and spends more time out of the home I fear her risk of reaction. That is why we decided to do OIT. I will share more of that journey soon.

What fact scares you the most?


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