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Allergy and asthma institute

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Allergy and asthma institute


An allergic reaction is caused by a dysfunction in the immune system, whether it is an allergic reaction to food, a bee sting, or to latex. With food allergy, a naturally occurring protein in the food is considered an invader by the immune system and the body reacts like it is fighting to remove. About four percent of adults and four percent of children 18 years of age or under have food allergies, with a slightly higher percentage in children under 5 years old.

As indicated by the reduced incidence in adults, some of these allergies may, fortunately, be outgrown over time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that allergy children with food allergy are more likely to have asthma or other allergic conditions.

Nearly 90 percent of food allergies are caused by these common foods: tree nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, pistachios, etc. peanuts, milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, wheat, and soy. Most allergic reactions are not life threatening, but some can lead to a more severe reaction known as anaphylaxis, where blood pressure drops abruptly and the airways and throat swell, which lead to breathing difficulties.

When this is not controlled, unconsciousness and death can occur, so it is important to know how to manage severe allergies, whether they are food or non-food related. Click here to see more by downloading the fact sheet on peanut allergy.

To download the full White Paper on Peanut Allergy, click here. Prevalence, with increasing news coverage on peanut allergy in the past few years, there may be a misperception that there is a high incidence of peanut allergy in the.S.

However, the numbers show that only.6 -.0 of people have a mild to more severe peanut allergy, and studies show that about 20 of peanut allergies can be outgrown. By comparison, about four times as many adults are allergic to seafood.

As with all allergies, those with a family history of allergy, asthma, or eczema, may be at increased risk. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (niaid) has reported that approximately one in 90 people in the United States,.1, have a tree nut and/or peanut allergy and the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (faan) has stated that it is about.6. People who are allergic to peanuts are also often allergic to one or more tree nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, pistachios, etc.).

Severity, in those who are severely allergic, reactions to peanuts can occur from ingesting just a trace amount. This can cause anxiety, especially with the parents of peanut allergic children.

 

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