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Treating Allergies in youth

by Natalie Sparacio

WAKE UP WISCONSIN (PRESS RELEASE)--  Food allergies are becoming increasingly common in this country. It's estimated 3 million American kids, or 1 in 25, are allergic to every day items like peanuts or milk. While the reaction to these items can vary the stress and strain on parents and kids is universal.

For more information on food allergies and the effort to find the cure:

Food Allergy Initiative

Facts About Food Allergies:

More than 12 million Americans, including three million children, suffer from food allergies.  The problem is growing rapidly.

The most common allergens – peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy – are staples of the food supply and virtually impossible to avoid completely. 

Accidental exposure to even a minuscule amount of the offending food can cause an allergic individual to react within seconds, often leading to life-threatening anaphylaxis that can cause throat swelling, a dramatic drop in blood pressure, vomiting and even death within a matter of minutes.

About 1 in 25 children – and an average of 10 children in every elementary school – suffer from food allergies. 

Between 1997 and 2002 alone, the number of children who have peanut allergies doubled.
Allergic reactions kill an estimated 150 Americans each year, and send 125,000 to emergency rooms.

Online Reporter: Natalie Sparacio

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