CDC reports increased kid’s food allergies

According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there has been a recent increase in food allergies among US children ages 18 and below. The data suggests that kid’s food allergies have increased from 3.4% in 1997 to 5.1% by 2011. Skin allergies increased from 7.4 percent to 12.5 percent in that same time span.

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Results from the CDC survey indicate that African American children are more prone to skin allergies when compared to Caucasians. On the other hand, the latter have a higher risk of developing respiratory diseases. Children of Latin American descent have the smallest chances of developing skin reactions when compared to many other races.

Studies also revealed that the income level of the family is an influential factor. Though there is no known cause for the correlation between income and allergies, researchers have speculated that differences in diet and frequency of antibiotic use could be factors. It is also possible that allergies are simply reported more frequently by affluent families who tend to visit the doctor more often.

In further findings, children ages 5 or less are more likely to develop skin allergies when compared to children over 5 years of age. Statistics also revealed that older children are more prone to respiratory problems.

In spite of this increase in children’s allergies, there is hope. AllergyEasy offers sublingual immunotherapy for patients of all ages. This no-shots, no-hassle allergy solution treats symptoms with under-the-tongue drops. They are prescribed by a physician but can be taken at home because they have a higher safety profile than allergy shots. Contact AllergyEasy at (877) 276-3393 for more details.

About The Author

Stuart H. Agren, M.D.

Stuart H. Agren, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed additional training at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and then established his private medical practice starting in 1975. Dr. Agren completed a mini-residency in Industrial Medicine at the Robert Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University and also completed training to become a certified Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Agren was the Medical Director at TRW and McDonnell Douglas in Mesa, Arizona and at Stauffer Chemical and Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.

In his private medical practice, Dr. Agren specialized in family practice and allergy. In his work as a private practice allergist, he was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy to his patients as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). He has also been a trailblazer in the field of food allergy treatment and research, developing a program to treat multiple food allergies simultaneously using sublingual immunotherapy. Dr. Agren has been featured on local CBS, NBC, and ABC news affiliates and won the peer-nominated “Top Doc” award from Phoenix Magazine.

After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Agren became the Founder and President of AllergyEasy, which helps primary care physicians around the country offer allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy treatment to their patients. Over 200 physicians in over 32 states use the AllergyEasy program to help their patients overcome environmental and food allergies and asthma.