More Anaphylaxis Cases Than We Thought…

Posted 12.17.08 | Christine Graham-Garo

The Mayo Clinic reported in the December issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology that a new study indicates that there is a “higher incidence of anaphylactic reactions then previously reported.”

The study, called “The etiology and incidence of anaphylaxis in Rochester, Minnesota,” concluded that there are 50 emergency room visits per 100,000 people per year caused by anaphylaxis — this is a 10% increase in anaphylaxis cases over a 10-year period.

Dr. Wyatt W. Decker, M.D., and his team said 1/3 of the anaphylaxis cases were from food allergies.

What does this tell us? Even with all the urgency put on food allergy education, people are still suffering. Please be watchful of any potential allergens and teach your little ones to do the same. And as always, never leave home without the EpiPen!

- Christine

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