Epidemiology of Food Allergy

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Abstract

Understanding the epidemiology of food allergy is complicated by the difficulty of identifying it on a large scale. The prevalence of food allergy is higher in younger age groups and decreases with age. Allergy to peanut and egg seems to be more common in Northern Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia compared with Southern Europe, Eastern Europe and Asia, whereas shellfish and fish allergies may be more common in Asia. The rate of transient unrecognized food allergy may be high and variable recognition of food allergy may explain some of the differences seen in food allergy prevalence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-25
Number of pages13
JournalImmunology and Allergy Clinics of North America
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018

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Keywords

  • Age
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethnic groups
  • Food allergy
  • Geography
  • Population
  • Prevalence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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