"Food allergy is among the most common of the allergic disorders and has been recognised as a major paediatric health problem in western countries. This is because of the potential severity of reactions and a dramatic increase in prevalence over the past recent decades." (NICE Guidelines)
- Prevalence of food allergy in Europe and North America has been reported to range from 6 % to 8% in children up to the age of 3 years.
- A recent US study estimates that 5 % of children under 5 years of age and 4 % of teens and adults have food allergies.
- Food allergy can cause severe allergic reactions and even death from food-induced anaphylaxis.
- Food allergy or suspicion thereof has a negative effect on quality of life for patients and caregivers.
Two influential health authorities, NIH and NICE, have now highlighted the severity and consequences of food allergy in their respective new guidelines on diagnosis and management of food allergy.
To learn more, see the NIH and the NICE Guidelines on Food Allergy listed in the left menu.