Half of people who think they have a food allergy do not – study.
The number of adults who think they have a food allergy is almost double the figure who actually have one, research has revealed.
The researchers found that many people with an allergy do not have a prescription for potentially life-saving medication, while others might be avoiding foods unnecessarily.
The study suggests almost 11% of adults in the US have a food allergy, equating to more than 26 million people.
About 12 million of these are estimated to have developed the allergy as an adult, highlighting that allergies do not only begin in childhood.
“I often see patients who think that they have a severe allergy who either aren’t allergic or who have mild allergy.
“Unfortunately … we have a shortage of physicians who are trained in adult allergy and so this amplifies these kinds of problems. »