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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:14 am 
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Article on prevalence of severe food allergies.
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One in every 13 Canadian suffers from a significant food allergy, according to the first-ever nationwide study.

The research, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, found that about 7.5 per cent of children and adults have at least one food allergy.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/one-in-13-canadians-has-serious-food-allergy/article1715371/

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:50 pm 
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Course, you read it first in Allergic Living mag - we reported 1 in 12 from Dr. Clarke in the Summer issue, page 47. And all the other stats even earlier.

http://allergicliving.com/index.php/201 ... -revealed/

Not often one gets to "beat" the Globe. :thumbsup

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 3:43 pm 
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Very interesting! 7.5% is a huge number!

Just one question that stems from my ongoing confusion with allergies...

Is potential for anaphylaxis the only thing that defines a severe or significant allergy? The reason I ask is because the article title indicates significant food allergy and then goes on to speak about food allergy in general (or so it seems). They also speak about the perception of food allergy being a lot more common - I would think that there are a lot of people with food allergies that are not at risk for anaphylaxis, so are they mixing up their stats a bit?

The AL article seems to be a lot clearer.

Can anyone clarify the definitions for me? Just trying to understand... :scratchy

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:55 pm 
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Just saw it covered on both the local news (Global Calgary) and Global National!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:24 pm 
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Not really mixing up, Hiebs.

So far, being able to tell who is and is not susceptible to anaphylaxis is something they can't determine. Some of us are diagnosed the no mistaking way - by anaphylaxing and missing earlier symptoms to a food.

There are false positives with tests, but usually if an allergist makes a determination from the person's symptom history and skin and blood tests that it's a 'real' allergy, it will be suggested that you consider your child/yourself at risk of ana.

The idea of a 'mild' food allergy is dangerous - one time a couple of stomach cramps, next time full-blown. I speak from experience as well as research. :?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:44 pm 
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Thanks for clarifying... That is what my gut said, but our GP and Pediatrician have said there is no risk of more severe reactions. It's a very steep learning curve and I'm so glad to have this resource!

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:20 am 
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Also, there are factors that can increase your risk of anaphylaxis:
-Asthma
-Under-utilization or delay in using epinephrine
-Underlying cardiac diseases
http://www.allergysafecommunities.ca/pa ... atsubid=19

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