This week is Food Allergy Awareness Week, and all of May is Food Allergy Awareness Month. Here are some facts about food allergies from the Food Allergy Research and Education website:
- As many as 15 million Americans have food allergies.
- One out of every 13 children has a food allergy.
- 90% of all food allergy reactions in the U.S. are caused by just eight foods: Shellfish, fish, milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, and wheat.
- Symptoms of a food-allergic reaction can include hives, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory distress, and swelling of the throat.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergy results in more than 300,000 ambulatory care visits a year involving children under 18. Reactions typically occur when an individual unknowingly eats a food containing an ingredient to which they are allergic.
- There is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of the offending food is the only way to prevent an allergic reaction.
There are many helpful resources, including a full-size, downloadable version of this poster, at the Food Allergy Awareness Week website.