Monday, March 04, 2024
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies affect an estimated 4 to 6 percent of U.S. children and rates increased approximately 50 percent between 1997 and 2011.

A food allergy is an immune reaction to a particular food and will happen every time an individual is exposed to that food. Reactions can include itchy mouth, hives, swelling of the lips and throat, vomiting, diarrhea, and in severe cases death.

A food intolerance, often confused with a food allergy, is a non-allergic, often delayed reaction to a food, drink, or food additive that produces symptoms in one or more body organs and systems. Symptoms may include gas, abdominal pain or diarrhea, and are not life-threatening. Unlike a food allergy, food intolerance issues can often be improved by eating less of the problem food without needing to eliminate it entirely.

If you suspect that you or your child has a food allergy, seek medical attention as soon as possible. A serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis can be fatal. If you're not dealing with a true food allergy, but suspect a food intolerance, discuss options with your health care provider. 

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