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Food Allergy: A Burden Carried by More Than 17 Million Europeans.

BARCELONA, Spain, March 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

With more than 17 million Europeans suffering from allergies[sup.[] [sup.1] [sup.]], food allergy is one of the most common allergic diseases. As the prevalence is greater among children than adults[sup.[] [sup.2] [sup.]] , food allergy is a major paediatric health problem in western countries. Hospital admissions for severe allergic reaction[sup.[] [sup.3] [sup.]] in children have increased 7-fold in the past 10 years in Europe[sup.[] [sup.4] [sup.]].

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"Food allergy is not a trivial disease. No cure has been found yet and is so unpredictable that it often causes anxiety in patients and caregivers, leading to social exclusion because of the fear of eating dangerous foods by mistake. Only clear information on ingredients and disease management can help food allergy patients ," says Breda Flood, EFA President .

Increasing direct and indirect costs are expected, due to its major effects on lifestyle and quality of life[sup.[] [sup.4] [sup.]] [sup.,] [sup.[] [sup.5] [sup.]].Beware of Allergy campaign highlights the increasing incidence and burden of food allergy and of severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis and calls on patients, healthcare professionals and pharmacists to familiarise themselves with how to recognise early and manage these diseases.

"By focusing on education for food allergy prevention, early diagnosis and correct management, EAACI hopes to help patients and their families to better control their food allergy and improve their quality of life and to increase the resources allocated by the society to manage the allergy epidemic ," says Antonella Muraro, EAACI Secretary General and President Elect .

Prompt recognition and management are of utmost importance as severe allergic reactions can be fatal. Caregivers, teachers and parents should be provided with information on how to manage them, including adrenaline auto-injectors and instructions on how and when to use it[sup.[] [sup.6] [sup.]].

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EAACI's Beware of Allergy campaign, available in 5 languages:

1.The epidemiology of anaphylaxis in Europe: a systematic review. Allergy. 2014 Aug;69(8):992-1007

2.Anaphylaxis: guidelines from the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Allergy. 2014 Aug;69(8):1026-45.

3.Food allergy and anaphylaxis guidelines: diagnosis and management of food allergy. Allergy. 2014 Aug;69(8):1008-25.

4.Prevalence of common food allergies in Europe: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Allergy. 2014 Aug; 69(8):992-1007.

5.EAACI food allergy and anaphylaxis guidelines: food allergy health-related quality of life measures. Allergy. 2014 Jul; 69(7):845-53.

6.EAACI food allergy and anaphylaxis guidelines: managing patients with food allergy in the community. Allergy. 2014 Aug; 69(8):1046-57.

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