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Food allergies on the rise

June 12, 2019 10:05 PM

(SNN) Food allergies have more than doubled over the last decade. Yet, two-thirds of children who develop one don't have a parent with one.

The most common allergy in children is peanuts followed by dairy, soy, and tree nuts.  

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"In adults for example, shrimp is the most common food allergy. Representing about three percent of adults," says pediatrician and Before Brands chief medical officer Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson.   "We've seen a doubling of food allergies each of the last few decades. And in part, we know genetics play a big part in any kind of medical condition."

The good news is experts are learning more about a major influencing factor, environment. 

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