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50% Increase in Food Allergies Over the Last Decade

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cdc-logo-200wIn May 2013, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) released information from the NHIS (National Center for Health Statistics) interviews by the U.S. Census Bureau.  This report tracked the prevalence of food allergies in America as reported by telephone interview.

Among children under age 18 years in the United States, the prevalence of food and skin allergies increased from 1997–1999 to 2009–2011.

The numbers changed from 3.4% to 5.1% affected over the decade. red-arrow-50percentThe numbers of children with respiratory allergies did not change during this time period. No particular age group had more allergy than another did. In terms of skin allergy though, kids tended to outgrow those more readily but respiratory allergy seemed to replace the skin allergy with a higher prevalence in the older child.

There seemed to be some genetic/racial differences in the prevalence of allergies with Hispanic children having the lowest prevalence of food, skin, and respiratory allergies. The prevalence of allergies also differed by socioeconomic status. Food allergy and respiratory allergy increased with the increase of income level, but there was no difference in the prevalence of skin allergy by poverty status.

 

Reviewed by Angela Hogan, MD
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