Fast Facts

Food Allergies & Celiac Disease

Food Allergy: Did you know?

  • 1 in 13 children have a food allergy, about 2 per classroom.  1 in 10 adults have a food allergy.
     

  • According to the CDC, food allergy prevalence among children increased 50% between 1997 and 2011
     

  • Every 3 minutes a food allergy reaction sends someone to the ER 
     

  • Anaphylaxis is the most severe reaction and can be fatal.  Epinephrine is the first line of defense for anaphylaxis
     

  • 8 foods cause 90% of reactions but more than 170 foods have caused reactions
     

  • There is no cure for food allergies
     

  • Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to remove food protein after eating.  Commercial wipes will also work.  Hand sanitizer WILL NOT remove food protein.

Celiac Disease: Did you know?

  • 1 in 133 people in the US have Celiac Disease; approximately 3 million people
     

  • Celiac is a serious genetic autoimmune disease
     

  • 83% of people with Celiac disease are undiagnosed
     

  • Left undiagnosed and untreated, people with Celiac Disease are at risk for other serious health consequences
     

  • Currently, the only treatment for Celiac Disease is a strict gluten-free diet
     

  • Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to remove food protein after eating.  Commercial wipes will also work.  Hand sanitizer WILL NOT remove food protein.

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