- More than 12 million Americans in the U.S. have food allergies.
- There is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of food allergens and early recognition and management of allergic reactions to food are important measures to prevent serious health consequences.
- During a food-allergic reaction, the body's immune mistakenly identifies a food item as an invader and produces antibodies to combat it. If the person eats that food again, the immune system releases chemicals that can cause a dangerous or even fatal reaction. Even trace amounts of a food allergen can cause an allergic reaction.
- Food allergies are life-altering for everyone involved and require constant vigilance.
- Only 9% of children with a tree-nut allergy will outgrow it.
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