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- Food Allergy Facts
- Food allergies are a growing serious concern
- According to the most recent and comprehensive study, 1 in 13 children (8%), in this country have a food allergy. Many (30%) are allergic to more than one food. Thirty-nine percent of children with a food allergy have had at least one life-threatening reaction.
- Food allergies can be fatal
Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that is usually rapid in onset and may cause death. Prompt administration of epinephrine is critical in treating anaphylaxis. After administering an auto-injector you MUST call 911 and the patient must be monitored for several hours.
- Even trace amounts of a food can cause an allergic reaction A food protein can enter a child’s system through ingestion, contact, or inhalation. When children are young, there is increased risk of touching a contaminated surface and then touching their mouth, eyes, or nose. Reactions can also occur due to cross-contamination during the manufacturing process, on the packaging equipment, and in restaurant or residential kitchens.
- There is NO cure for food allergies
Strict avoidance of the allergen is the only way to prevent a allergic reaction.
90% of all reactions are caused by an allergic response to one the following foods: milk, egg, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, and soy.Peanuts, Shellfish and tree nuts tend to last throughout one’s life. A person can become allergic to any food at any time in his or her life.
Food allergies are not the same as food intolerance's
A food intolerance is usually caused by an inability to fully digest a certain food or food component. It does not involve the immune system. An intolerance, such as lactose intolerance, can be very uncomfortable, but it is not fatal. A food allergy is an abnormal response by the immune system to a food protein. This response can result in a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis.
Allergic reactions can range from mild to severe (anaphylaxis) and may include one or more of the following symptoms
- Swelling of the lips, eyes, face, tongue and throat
- nausea, discomfort, vomiting, stomach pain
- shortness of breath, cough, wheezing
- pale appearance, fainting, weak pulse, dizziness, confusion
- blue tinged lips or face
- tightening of the throat, hoarseness, trouble breathing/swallowing