Why food allergies are so important?

About 9-35% of people across Europe self report a food allergy (FA) during their life. However, the prevalence of clinical confirmed FA is lower (0.3-5.6%)

Common symptoms of a food allergy include:

  • itchy eyes
  • shortness of breath
  • dry mouth
  • skin redness
  • gastrointestinal symptoms i.e., abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

The most dangerous reaction is anaphylaxis which requires immediate medical attention. Anaphylaxis can cause swelling of bronchial airways and a drop in blood pressure.

Did you know?

You may get symptoms straight after eating the food you're allergic to or DAYS LATER.

Food Allergy VS Food Intolerance

 

Food allergy and intolerance are DIFFERENT.

  • Food allergy affects the immune system and can cause severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) and be FATAL
  • Food intolerance affects the digestive system and is NOT life-threatening.