Raising Awareness: Food Allergy Awareness Week 2018


May 14, 2018

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On May 13, 2018, the Empire State Building illuminated in teal, marking the commencement of Food Allergy Awareness Week. Running from May 13 to 19, this annual event, established in 1998, aims to educate the public about food allergies—a potentially life-threatening condition. It provides a unique opportunity to shed light on the challenges of food allergies and anaphylaxis.

As we delve into the facts surrounding the food allergy epidemic in the U.S., it’s crucial to recognize the impact on individuals and families:

  • Prevalence:
    1 in 13 children has a food allergy, equating to two affected children in every classroom.
  • Emergency Incidents:
    Every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction results in an emergency room visit—surpassing 200,000 visits annually.
  • Common Culprits:
    Eight foods, namely milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish, and shellfish, account for the majority of reactions.
  • Demographic Impact:
    Food allergies can manifest at any age, affecting individuals across all races and ethnicities.
  • Rising Trends:
    Between 1997 and 2011, there was a staggering 50% increase in the prevalence of childhood food allergies.

At Austin Family Allergy & Asthma, we take pride in being Austin’s premier food allergy center. As community leaders, we actively contribute to food allergy awareness by educating schools and daycares about food allergies and proper epinephrine usage. Additionally, we advocate for increased epinephrine access in schools through our involvement in the Texas state legislature.

We specialize in diagnosing and managing food allergies, catering to both children and adults. Our daily interactions in the office involve accurate diagnosis, management, and, when necessary, food challenges. If you suspect a food allergy in yourself or your child, we encourage you to reach out. Please call us to set up an appointment, and let us be a part of your journey toward a safer and healthier future.

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