Food Allergy Hospitalizations Rise 400 Percent
September 14, 2006
An analysis of the rates of illness and death for allergic disorders other than asthma suggests that systemic allergic reactions, such as anaphylaxis (serious allergic reaction in several areas of the body) and food allergies, have soared in recent years.
The analysis looked at data from national surveys, consultations with primary care health practitioners, prescriptions, hospital admissions, and deaths.
Hospital admissions for anaphylaxis have risen by 600 percent, and those for food allergies have risen by 400 percent. Prescriptions for all types of allergy have also increased over the past 15 years.
The cause of the increase is not known, although it could be attributable to changes in the sources of allergic disease.