Food Allergens

Food Allergens

The prevalence of food allergy is estimated to be as high as 6% in young children and approximately 2 % in adults. The highest prevalence occurs between 1.5 and 3 years of age.

About 80% of children with milk and egg allergy will outgrow their allergy by the age of five but only about 20% of peanut-allergic kids will outgrow their llergy.

• Children with milk and egg allergy, who also have peanut allergy, are less likely to outgrow their milk and egg allergy than those without peanut allergy.
• Adults can develop severe food allergies, which usually persists.

The most common foods that cause allergic reactions are,
• Cow's milk
• Fish, Shellfish
• Eggs
• Peanuts
• Tree nuts
• Soy

Wheat and many more.
Interesting to note that in our centre, we have found out that people can be allergic to common food items like Ginger, Garlic, Lemon, Orange, pepper, Apple, Banana, Rice etc

Milk allergy is a food allergy, an adverse immune reaction to a food protein that is normally harmless to the non-allergic individual. Lactose intolerance is a non-allergic food sensitivity, and comes from a lack of production of the enzyme lactase, required to digest the predominant sugar in milk. Adverse effects of lactose intolerance generally occur after much higher levels of milk consumption than do adverse effects of milk allergy.

Seafood allergy is a type of food allergy. It is a hypersensitivity to dietary substances from shellfish, scaly fish, or crustaceans, causing an overreaction of the immune system, which, for millions of people, may lead to severe physical symptoms, including anaphylaxis.[1][2] The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates that the majority of pediatric and adult food allergy patients have a seafood allergy.[3] It occurs mainly (but not exclusively) in adults.

Peanut allergy is a type of food allergy distinct from nut allergies. It is a type one hypersensitivity reaction to dietary substances from peanuts that causes an overreaction of the immune system which in a small percentage of people may lead to severe physical symptoms.

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