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The hazards of kissing when you are food allergic. A survey on the occurrence of kiss-induced allergic reactions among 1139 patients with self-reported food hypersensitivity.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14635463     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: According to a few case reports, kissing can induce symptoms due to food allergy.
OBJECTIVE: We wanted to investigate the occurrence of kiss-induced allergic symptoms and other social inconveniences among patients with self-reported food hypersensitivity.
METHODS: A questionnaire was answered by 1139 patients (1-84 years old, mean age 29 years, 393 males and 746 females) who considered themselves to be food allergic.
RESULTS: 12% of the patients experienced allergic symptoms when in close contact with (e.g., kissing) a person who had eaten a nontolerated food prior to the contact. Some case histories suggested that the symptoms only appeared if the food intake had occurred immediately before the kiss. In addition, the questionnaires showed that 55% had problems in daily life finding tolerable food, 44% were afraid of a severe reaction from eating nontolerated food, 13% could experience symptoms when sitting beside a person who was eating such a food, and 17% could experience symptoms in the kitchen when someone else was preparing such food.
CONCLUSIONS: What other people eat can influence the quality of life of food-allergic patients.
N E Eriksson; C Möller; S Werner; J Magnusson; U Bengtsson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of investigational allergology & clinical immunology     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1018-9068     ISO Abbreviation:  J Investig Allergol Clin Immunol     Publication Date:  2003  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-11-25     Completed Date:  2004-01-15     Revised Date:  2013-07-31    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9107858     Medline TA:  J Investig Allergol Clin Immunol     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  149-54     Citation Subset:  IM    
Lung & Allergy Clinic, County Hospital, Halmstad, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Age Distribution
Aged, 80 and over
Child, Preschool
Cohort Studies
Food Hypersensitivity / diagnosis,  epidemiology,  etiology*
Hypersensitivity, Immediate / epidemiology,  etiology*
Middle Aged
Population Surveillance
Risk Assessment
Severity of Illness Index
Sexual Behavior
Sweden / epidemiology

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