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Food Allergy Awareness: Disease Statistics

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Food allergy affects 5% of children under the age of 5 and 4% of children aged 5 to 17 years and adults in the United States.


Prevalence rates in the United States:
• Peanut: 0.6%
• Tree nuts: 0.4–0.5%
• Fish: 0.2% in children and 0.5% in adults
• Crustacean shellfish (crab, crayfish, lobster, shrimp): 0.5% in children
and 2.5% in adults
• All seafood: 0.6% in children and 2.8% in adults
• Milk and egg: no reliable data available from U.S. studies, but based on data
obtained outside the United States, this rate is likely to be 1–2% for
young children

Source: NIH Publication, Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States: Summary for Patients, Families, and Caregivers.

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It is sad to know how many people could not enjoy eating some delicious delicacies made from foods that trigger allergy symptoms. It is hard always being mindful about the food your about to eat, especially when you are eating in a restaurant.


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