Facts about Food Allergies
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A food allergy is when the body mistakenly recognizes a food protein as harmful and starts to release histamines/chemicals.
Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death. Anaphylaxis leads to a drop in blood pressure, loss of consciousness and ultimately death.
An individual can be Anaphylactic to:
food, bees, latex & medicines.
Eight foods account for 90% of food-allergic reactions in the U.S.
(according to the FDA).
Tree Nuts (i.e. walnuts, cashews, pecans, Brazil Nuts, etc.)
How to recognize the Symptoms
of an Allergic Reaction
1. Respiratory - reduced blood pressure or difficulty breathing.
2. GI symptoms - Diarrhea, vomiting or cramping.
3. Skin - Hives. Swelling of eyes, ears or mouth.
Food Allergies are on the rises in the U.S.
- Has Doubled in the past 10 years (Source: Today Show)
- Affects 1 out of every 25 people (Source: Today Show)
- affects 15 Million Americans (Source: FARE 9/11)
- kills approximately 200 people annually (Source: FARE)
- over 30,000 ER visits a year among children (Source: FARE)
- 6.6 Million have the Seafood allergy (Source: Today Show)
- By age 5, 600,000 Americans are affected by the Egg Allergy (Source: Newsweek 11/5/07)
- 1.8 Million have the Peanut/Tree Nuts allergies (Source: Newsweek 11/5/07)
- 5.9 US kids have food allergies. 38% of US kids are allergic to peanuts (25%) and tree nuts (13%). 21% Milk, 17% Shellfish, 10% Eggs. (Source: 2011 study - timeforkids.com.)
Cause of Accidental Exposure
1. not reading labels (every time)
2. sharing foods (kids at school/parties)
4. Cross Contamination (trace of allergen)
- One can have a reaction from touch, smell or even a kiss,
if exposed to a mucous membrane (eyes, nose or mouth).
- Do not share straws, cups, utensils. (Source: FARE)
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