Peanut, egg, milk, seafood are common culprits of food allergy. Severe and deadly reactions drive schools to be nut free and to have anaphylaxis plans in place. But why the increase? Why the severity? Are there potential treatments or even a way of curing food allergy?
What's the ugly, the bad and the good for food allergy?
- Food allergies affect about 8% of children and 5% of adults
- These numbers have risen from by more than 50% since 1999
- Peanut allergy increased from 0.4% to 1.4% over the same time period
- Every 3 minutes someone has an allergic reaction to food sending them to the emergency room
- Having food allergies doesn't potentially cause just a severe allergic reaction, but is associated with bullying, increased anxiety, and a lower quality of life.
- Can you out grow food allergy?
- Yes, luckily milk, egg, wheat and soy allergy generally resolve with age! Unfortunately peanut and tree nut allergy persist.
- Is there a potential treatment for food allergy?
- Research and trials are being done on slow oral desensitization for milk, egg, and peanut allergy.
- Results are promising so stay tuned for updates.