Food Allergy Myths

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

There are a great deal of misconceptions when it comes to considering food allergies. Dr. Edward Hill discusses food allergy myths and reveals the facts in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Food allergies are often misunderstood. You may have heard some of the following food allergy myths.

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 has 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 you have an allergy, you must read the labels on all the foods you eat. Your doctor can help you learn how to keep from eating the wrong foods.

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