About Food Allergies

While an estimated 40 to 50 million Americans have allergies, only 1 percent to 2 percent of all adults are allergic to foods or food additives. Eight percent of children under age 6 have adverse reactions to ingested foods; only 2 percent to 5 percent have confirmed food allergies. The following information addresses commonly asked questions regarding food allergy.

What Are Symptoms of Food Allergy?
What Causes my Symptoms?
Why Me? Why Have I Developed Food Allergy?
Which Foods Are Most Likely To Cause Allergy?
What Is Allergy Testing?
How Do Special Diets Help Pinpoint the Problem?
Once My Allergy Is Identified, How Is It Treated?
What if I Accidentally Eat a Food I'm Allergic to?
Will I Ever Be Able To Eat These Foods Again?
What is food allergy?
When does food allergy occur?
Who gets it?
How prevalent is food allergy?
How do you diagnose food allergy?
How accurate is the testing?
What is the gold standard?
Elimination diets?
How do you treat a food allergy reaction?
Can we prevent food allergy?
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Source: American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology