Food allergies affect as many as 15 million Americans, including almost 6 million children. Food allergies can be life threatening – and are on the rise.
Allergic food hypersensitivity is the adverse immunological reaction triggered when the body mistakenly identifies a food component as a hazardous substance and therefore attacks it. The food constituents that incite such adverse immunological reactions from the body are termed as allergens.
The effects of food allergies may appear on the skin, in the respiratory passage, or in the gastrointestinal tract. The symptoms of food allergies may vary from mild to severe.
We encourage you to recognize food allergy as a serious public health issue and to take action during the month of May to make an impact for those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis.
Please recognize that awareness is needed to help keep those with food allergies safe at school, work, and home. Also use this month as the start (or the continuation) of your education on food allergies to help protect your children and other loved ones. For more information please go here.