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Many Americans misunderstand food allergies: survey

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A current article in Nutraingredients highlights the common misunderstandings that occur with food allergies.

According to the article, many Americans are confusing allergy and intolerance, believing that there is a cure, or misunderstanding current treatments.

There are  survey results published in this month’s Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). The online survey queried 2,148 US adults and found that although 95 percent of respondents understood that food allergy is a potentially fatal condition, due to the risk of anaphylaxis, there were significant minsuderstandings in other areas.

Almost half falsely believed there is a cure for food allergy, while more than two-thirds said taking a daily medicine could prevent allergic reactions.

More than 40 percent said there were means of avoiding having an allergic reaction other than avoidance of the allergen.

Read more about it here.

Source:  Nutraingredients USA

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