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Prevalence of food allergies in young adults and their relationship to asthma, nasal allergies, and eczema.
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PMID:  11868923     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The true prevalence of food allergy in adults is generally thought to be uncommon. It is unknown whether there are any relationships between food allergy and atopic diseases. OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of probable immunoglobulin (Ig)E-mediated food allergy to peanut, shrimp, cow's milk, wheat, and egg as defined by a positive skin prick test result and relevant clinical history to the same food, and to explore the relationship with atopic diseases. METHODS: Cross-sectional epidemiologic study. One thousand one hundred forty-one randomly selected young adults (aged 20 to 45 years) underwent skin prick testing to five common food allergens (cow's milk, peanut, egg white, shrimp, and wheat), completed a detailed questionnaire, including validated items on respiratory symptoms, history of asthma and other allergic conditions, as well as undergoing lung function testing. RESULTS: Just over one percent (1.3%, n = 15) had probable IgE-mediated food allergy. The prevalence of probable IgE food allergy was: <0.27% for wheat, 0.09% (95% confidence interval = 0.0 to 0.49%) each for cow's milk and egg, 0.53% (0.21 to 1.09%) for shrimp, and 0.61% (0.25 to 1.26%) for peanut. Those with probable IgE peanut and shrimp allergy were significantly more likely to have current asthma and doctor-diagnosed asthma. Wheeze and history of eczema were also associated with peanut allergy, whereas nasal allergies were associated with shrimp allergy. CONCLUSIONS: The prevalence of probable IgE-mediated food reactions is rare in young adults. Some positive associations between probable IgE-mediated food allergy and allergic diseases were found, but larger study numbers are required to confirm these results.
Rosalie K Woods; Frank Thien; Joan Raven; E Haydn Walters; Michael Abramson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology     Volume:  88     ISSN:  1081-1206     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Allergy Asthma Immunol.     Publication Date:  2002 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-02-28     Completed Date:  2002-03-25     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9503580     Medline TA:  Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  183-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Central and Eastern Clinical School, Monash University and The Alfred Hospital, Prahran, Victoria, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Allergens / adverse effects,  immunology
Asthma / complications*,  epidemiology
Eczema / complications*,  epidemiology
Food / adverse effects
Food Hypersensitivity / complications*,  epidemiology*
Immunoglobulin E / immunology
Respiratory Function Tests
Rhinitis, Allergic, Perennial / complications*,  epidemiology
Rhinitis, Allergic, Seasonal / complications*,  epidemiology
Skin Tests
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Allergens; 37341-29-0/Immunoglobulin E

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