5 Things You Need To Know About Food Allergies In Australia
There is a good chance that you, or someone you care about is affected by food allergies. According to the ABS, 17% of Australians now avoid particular foods due to an allergy or intolerance. That’s a whopping 3.7 million Australians!
Understanding the problem and knowing what to do is important, and could save someones life. So here are 5 things you need to know about food allergies in Australia.
1. Food Allergy vs Food Intolerance
2. Food allergies can develop at any age
Food allergies are most common in children aged under 5 years old. Fortunately, many children ‘outgrow’ their allergy with time, however when food allergies develop for the first time in adults it usually persists.
3. Hospital admissions from allergies have doubled
“Australia has one of the highest rates of documented food allergy and hospital anaphylaxis admissions in the developed world,” write researchers in Clinical & Experimental Allergy.
Over the last decade, hospital admissions for severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) have doubled in Australia, with admissions of children aged 0 to 4 years increasing 5 fold according to ASCIA. There have been 324 anaphylaxis deaths in Australia from 1997 to 2013, with 23 deaths from food related allergies according to the Allergen Bureau.
4. 90% of allergic reactions are caused by 9 foods
5. Living with a food allergy
There is currently no cure for food allergies, which means strict avoidance is essential.
To reduce the risk of an allergic reaction to food, ASCIA recommends the following precautions.
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