Food Allergy Myths

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Food allergies trigger more than reactions. They can also initiate misinformation and misconceptions that may discourage food allergy sufferers from seeking help or inspire them to blame every ailment under the sun on food allergies. Dr. Edward Hill tackles some of the common myths about food allergies in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

There are many myths about food allergies, from the belief that food allergies dont exist and parents are just overreacting that kids are allergic to everything.

Myth: Food allergy is very common

Fact: Although 25 percent of people think theyre allergic to certain foods, studies show that about only 8 percent of children and 2 percent of adults have a food allergy.

Myth: Food allergy is either lifelong or is always outgrown

Fact: Children usually outgrow allergies to milk, eggs, soybean products and wheat. But people usually do not outgrow allergies to nuts, fish and shellfish.

Myth : Food allergy is not dangerous

Fact: Food allergy can be fatal if it is severe enough to cause a reaction called anaphylaxis. This reaction makes it hard for a person to breathe.

Once a true food allergy is diagnosed, avoid the food that caused it. If your child has food allergies, give the school and other caretakers instructions that list which foods to avoid and what to do if the food is accidentally eaten.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.