The latest food allergy statistics have revealed how many people have allergies to at least one foodstuff, with many more having allergies to other foodstuffs.
Key points:A survey conducted by the University of Queensland found people with food allergies are more likely to have been exposed to other foods as childrenAs many as one in five adults with food allergy have been told they may have been given a vaccineSome people are more vulnerable than others and many are still being underdiagnosedA new study by the Queensland University of Technology found people in their early 20s are more susceptible to food allergies than those in their 60s and 70s.
The University of Sydney study found people of all ages were more likely than others to have food allergies.
Key Points:The survey also found people aged 20-49 were more than four times more likely as adults to have a food allergy than those aged 60-69Food allergies can be more severe than previously thoughtPeople who have a severe food allergy are more than twice as likely to develop a severe allergy to one of their four food allergens – including peanuts, tree nuts and tree bark.
These are called atopic dermatitis (AD), which can lead to a condition known as food sensitisation, food allergy and/or food intolerances (FTO).
While most people with a food allergic condition are able to tolerate most foods, some people are at higher risk of developing a severe allergic condition.
The study found that about half of all people who had a severe AD condition in their 40s and 50s had a food intolerant reaction to a food they ate before the age of 18.
The prevalence of a severe eating intolerance was also highest among people aged 55-64, with 15 per cent of people over 55 having a food intolerance.
“Food intolerances can be very severe and can result in severe reactions, so it is important to be aware of these potentially life-threatening reactions and be offered the proper support to manage the condition,” Dr David Macdonald, one of the study’s authors, said.
“Most people with AD have symptoms of food intolerance and their symptoms can be managed by diet and lifestyle changes.”
Dr Macdonald said the study showed the number of people with severe food allergies has increased in Australia, and it was important to address the issue in the community.
“There are about 10 per cent people with mild or moderate food allergies who have never had a serious food allergy before,” he said.”[But] this represents a large number of the population.”
These are people who have had mild or medium symptoms before but have been unaware of the condition.
“For example, one in six people with an AD condition is unaware they have food intolerance because they have not had any other food allergy.”
Dr Jennifer Brown, who led the study, said there were many people who are living with a severe disease and have not yet received the appropriate medical care and support.
“It’s a challenging and life-changing experience, and many people with ASDs, and with severe ADs in general, are not getting the proper medical support and support that they need,” she said.
Dr MacDonald said the findings highlighted the importance of early diagnosis.
“In the community, if you’re a young person or have children or anyone in your family, we’re concerned about your future health,” he told news.com;sp.com