“Food allergy is a costly, potentially life-threatening health condition that can adversely affect patients’ well-being”.
A study of 40 443 US adults, published in the medical journal JAMA Network Open, estimates that nearly 19 percent of adults think they have food allergies, but approximately 10.8% actually do. Additionally, only 1 in 20 are estimated to have a physician-diagnosed food allergy. A substantial proportion of adults with food allergy who may be at elevated risk of anaphylaxis do not report having a current epinephrine prescription.
Study also shows that food allergies are common and severe among US adults, often starting in adulthood.
The research shows that the 5 most common convincing food allergies reported among adults are:
- Shellfish, affecting an estimated 7.2 million US adults
- Milk, 4.7 million
- Peanut, 4.5 million
- Tree nut, 3 million
- Fin fish, 2.2 million
Egg (2.0 million), wheat (2.0 million), soy (1.5 million), and sesame (0.5 million) are the next most common food allergies.