10.8% of adults in United States suffer some allergy to food, although only half of them know that they suffer from this condition, a study published today said.
The report, prepared by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, found that about half of people suffering from food allergy developed it during maturity.
We were surprised to find that food allergies in adulthood were so common ", said Ruchi Gupta, senior research author and pediatrician at the Feinberg School of Medicine at the University of Northwest.
The report shows that the most common food allergy among Americans is seafood, affecting 7.2 million people and "Generally, it begins in adulthood and is remarkable throughout life", commented the researcher.
According to the analysis, followed by milk allergies (4.7 million), peanuts (4.5 million) and nuts (3 million).
Allergies to bring fish (2.2 million), eggs (2 million), wheat (2 million), soybeans (1.5 million) and sesame (half a million) are also common.
The number of adults suffering from a food allergy in the US exceeds 26 million people, the study estimated, which rated a nationally representative sample of more than 40,000 adults.
Instead, 19% of adults think wrong about being allergic to any food and avoiding unnecessary consumption.
"It is important to consult a physician to perform assessments and have a proper diagnosis before completely removing food from the diet", Gupta recommended.
Only half of adults suffering from a food allergy have a diagnosis confirmed by a doctor and less than 25% currently have a prescription for epinephrine, the substance most used to combat allergic reactions.
(With information from EFE)