Did You Know?

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  • Allergic rhinitis, can be seasonal (spring, summer and/or early fall) usually caused by sensitivity to pollens or mold spores, or perennial (year round) usually caused by sensitivity to house dust mites, animal dander, cockroaches and/or mold spores.
  • Allergic rhinitis treatment options are: avoidance, eliminating or decreasing exposure to the irritants or allergens, medication and immunotherapy (allergy shots).
  • 8.3 million American children have respiratory allergies.1
  • An estimated 9.5 million American children have skin allergies, with a disproportionate percentage of black children being afflicted compared to white children (16.5% v. 10.4%).2
  • Food allergies in children are on the rise, affecting nearly 6 million or 8% of children.3
  • Every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency department – that is more than 200,000 emergency department visits per year.4
  • Children with food allergies are 2-4 times more likely to have other related conditions such as asthma and other allergies, compared with children who do not have food allergies.5
  • Your risk of having food allergies is higher if you have a parent who suffers from any type of allergic disease (asthma, eczema, food allergies, or environmental allergies such as hay fever).6
  • Individuals with food allergies who also have asthma may be at increased risk for severe/fatal food allergy reactions.
  • Symptoms of anaphylaxis may recur after initially subsiding and experts recommend an observation period of about four hours to monitor that the reaction has been resolved.
  • Eight foods account for 90 percent of all reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. Even trace amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction.7
  • Food allergies affect children and adults of all races and ethnicity.
  • A food allergy can begin at any age.
  • There is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of food allergens and early recognition and management of allergic reactions to food are important measures to prevent serious

1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Health Interview Survey, 2014 http://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/Health_Statistics/NCHS/NHIS/SHS/2014_SHS_Table_C-2.pdf.

2 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Health Interview Survey, 2014 http://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/Health_Statistics/NCHS/NHIS/SHS/2014_SHS_Table_C-2.pdf.

3 Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) http://www.foodallergy.org/file/facts-stats.pdf.

4 Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) https://www.foodallergy.org/facts-and-stats.

5 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, NCHS Data Brief No. 10, October 2008 http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db10.htm.

6 Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) https://www.foodallergy.org/facts-and-stats.

7 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, NCHS Data Brief No. 10, October 2008 http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db10.htm.