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About Food Allergies

The job of the body's immune system is to identify and destroy germs (such as bacteria and viruses) that can make you sick. A food allergy results when the immune system mistakenly identifies a harmless food protein (we know it as an allergen) as a threat and attacks it. Eight common food allergens are peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. The severity of allergic reactions can range from mild to life-threatening.

FUN FACTS ABOUT FOOD ALLERGIES

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In the United States, food allergies affect an estimated 5 percent of children under the age of five and about four percent of people five and older

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If someone has food allergies, they are more likely to have asthma and eczema too

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Every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room - that is more than 200,000 emergency room visits per year

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