After analyzing the results, they found "while one in 10 adults have food allergy, nearly twice as many adults think that they are allergic to foods," lead author Ruchi Gupta said in a statement.
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“It is important to see a physician for appropriate testing and diagnosis before completely eliminating foods from the diet,” she continued. “If food allergy is confirmed, understanding the management is also critical, including recognizing symptoms of anaphylaxis and how and when to use epinephrine.”
The analysts also said just half of the participants with a “convincing” food allergy had been diagnosed by a doctor and less than 25 percent reported currently having epinepherine or an EpiPen prescription.
Furthermore, they discovered nearly half of food-allergic adults developed one of their food allergies as an adult.
“We were surprised to find that adult-onset food allergies were so common,” Gupta said. “More research is needed to understand why this is occurring and how we might prevent it.”
They determined the most common food allergies were shellfish, milk, peanuts and tree nuts.
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