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May is Food Allergy Action Month

almonds-curb-cravingsHow much do you know about food allergies? We found a great article on www.foodallergy.org to help educate people about food allergies and how to get involved. Here some facts you may not know about food allergies.

In 1998, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, now FARE, created Food Allergy Awareness Week to educate the public about food allergies, a potentially life-threatening medical condition. This is a special opportunity to shine a spotlight on food allergies, raise awareness, educate others and inspire action.

Food Allergy Facts:

  • Food allergies can be life-threatening and are a serious and growing public health problem – one for which there currently is no cure.
  • They affect up to 15 million Americans, including nearly 6 million children – roughly two in every classroom. If all of the kids with a food allergy lived in one state, it would be the 19th largest state (by population) in the U.S.
  • Nearly 40 percent of these children have already experienced a severe or life-threatening reaction. In addition, more than 30 percent of these children have multiple food allergies.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of children with food allergies in the U.S. increased 50 percent between 1997 and 2011, but there is no clear answer as to why.
  • A reaction to food can range from a mild response (such as an itchy mouth) to anaphylaxis, a severe and potentially deadly reaction. Every three minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room in the U.S.
  • Having a child with food allergy increases the yearly cost of raising a child by about 30 percent, which costs American families a total of nearly $25 billion per year.

There are many ways you can make a difference in the lives of those living with food allergies:

  • Learn more about food allergies and anaphylaxis by going to www.foodallergy.org.
  • Get involved with events and fundraisers to help fund food allergy research, awareness, advocacy and education efforts. Learn more at http://www.foodallergy.org/get-involved.
  • Support friends and loved ones with food allergies by asking how you can help!

Source: http://www.foodallergy.org/food-allergy-awareness-week#.VVCsTflVhBc

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