Black Children Are More Prone To Food Allergies

By on March 3, 2014

A study published in March issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology states that food allergies among children are gradually increasing.

But, this rate of increase among Black children has doubled over the past 23years.

Corinne Keet, MD, MS, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University is the lead author of this study.

He said that through their research, they have found out that there striking rate of increase in food allergies among children in America.

Food AllergiesHe also said that IgE is an antibody. This antibody is created in higher rate by the immune system in the black people, when the person has any allergy. But, more cases of food allergies are reported among black children than the white children.

He also said that this change may be due to better recognition of food allergy, or may be due to the environmental changes.

During this study, 452,237 cases of food allergy among children were analyzed within in the time period of 1998 and 2011.

Among these children, the rate of increase in food allergy among black children is 2.1% per decade, 1.2% in Hispanic children, and 1% among white children.

Importantly, Dr.Keet said that this increase was in self reported food allergy cases, without undergoing any diagnosis. Other health conditions like food intolerance could have been mistaken to allergy of food.

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