We all know a person with a severe food allergy or have one ourselves. The prevalence of these potentially life threatening conditions is increasing and medical scientists can’t seem to figure out why. In a regional study of children under 5, Australia reported 1 in 10 children has a diagnosed food allergy. (U.S. is a not-so-distant 6th with 1 in 13.)
While there are cases where children have outgrown their sensitivity to particular reactions, there is no cure for food allergies. Identifying the root cause and strictly avoiding the allergen is the only way to prevent reactions. Early detection and good decision-making can avoid minor reactions such as a rash or itchiness, as well as serious health consequences such as anaphylaxis.
Researchers are working to identify why this trend is becoming so widespread. Staying informed is currently our best line of defense and this week is Food Allergy Awareness Week (May 11 – 17). Teal is the official color of this awareness campaign so look for the hash tag #TealTakeover. You can find more information and tools at foodallergy.org
Posted By: Mike Martins