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Food allergies surging among United States kids and adults, research shows

Food allergies surging among United States kids and adults, research shows”

A second study aimed at food allergies among children found that just 11 percent of pediatricians tell parents about early peanut introduction to prevent an allergy. New guidelines introduced earlier this year recommend parents of children with a risk of developing peanut allergies should introduce them early to peanut-containing food.

Washington D.C. [USA], Oct 27: A study has recently found that nearly half of all food-allergic adults develop one or more food allergies in adulthood, with Hispanic, Asian and black individuals most at risk.

According to the ACAAI, the most common food allergy for adults in the U.S.is shellfish.

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"Food allergies are often seen as a condition that begins in childhood, so the idea that 45 percent of adults with food allergies develop them in adulthood is surprising", says Dr. Ruchi Gupta, lead author of the study and a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

The prevalence of tree nut allergies in adults has also risen, increasing from an estimated 0.5 per cent in 2008, to 1.8 per cent today.

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Black, asian and hispanic adults were more at risk for adult onset allergies than whites. "It's important that anyone with a food allergy work with their allergist to understand their allergy and how best to avoid the foods that cause their allergic reaction".

Dr. Gupta presented another piece of research at the meeting that found that peanut allergies in US children have increased 21 per cent since 2010. Black children were also significantly more likely to have a tree nut allergy relative to white children.

The study found the risk of peanut allergy was almost double among black children compared to white children.

The study, which surveyed more than 53,000 USA households between October 2015 and September 2016, found that an estimated 2.5 per cent of children now have an allergy to peanuts.

"Our study revealed that although pediatricians have been introduced to the new guidelines, they're not yet putting them into practice", said allergist Dr. Bryce Hoffman.

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more on food allergies.



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