15 million people in the United States including 1 in 13 children are affected by food allergies. More than 200,00 emergency room visits are made per year because of food allergy reactions. Food Allergy Awareness Month is to educate others about food allergies, a potentially life-threatening medical condition.
What are Food Allergies?
Food allergy is a serious medical condition where the immune system mistakenly targets a harmless food protein, an allergen as a threat and attacks it.
8 Foods Commonly Associated with Food Allergies:
• Fish (e.g., bass, flounder, cod)
• Crustacean shellfish (e.g. crab, lobster, shrimp)
• Tree nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans)
Mild Symptoms of Allergy Reactions:
• Redness of the skin or around the eyes
• Difficulty breathing
• Dry cough
• Itchy sensation in the mouth or ear canal
• Swelling of the throat and vocal cords
Severe Symptoms of Allergy Reactions:
• Face, tongue, or lip swelling
• Turning blue
• Drop in blood pressure
• Chest pain
• Loss of consciousness
There is no cure for food allergies, however strictly avoiding food allergens and early recognition of allergic reactions to particular foods are important. This helps to prevent serious health consequences from food allergy reactions. Severe food allergy reactions (anaphylaxis) can only be treated with epinephrine.
Every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends an individual to the hospital. Let others know about food allergies and keep yourself and your loved ones aware.
FARE ( Food Allergy Research and Education)
FDA (Food and Drug Administration)