Are Food Allergies Exploding? Digesting the Data (with David Stukus, MD)

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Are Food Allergies Exploding? Digesting the Data (with David Stukus, MD)

October 24, 2023

Are Food Allergies Exploding? Digesting the Data (with David Stukus, MD)

Food allergies are super common. According to the American College of Asthma and Immunology and the CDC, about 5% of kids and about 4% of adults are affected by food allergies. The allergic reactions can range from mild to severe and life threatening.

Food allergy symptoms are most common in babies and children, but they can appear at any age. You can even develop an allergy to foods you have eaten for years with no problem (bummer).

As we learned in our previous episode about Celiac Disease with Dr. Alessio Fasano, when we restrict people’s diets, it can create a really stressful and isolating situation for them.

How can we support people with food allergies? Can we treat the allergies? Are food allergies actually more prevalent now than they have been historically?

Thankfully, we have our friend and renowned expert in the field of Allergy and Immunology to help us understand more!  

Welcome, Dave Stukus, MD!

Dr. Stukus (DR. DAVE!!) is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy/Immunology Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

  • He’s also the director of the Food Allergy Treatment Center.
  • He’s very active on social media with @AllergyKidsDoc on Twitter and Instagram.
  • We remember Dr. Stukus from his AWESOME episode about seasonal allergies!

Hold on to your EpiPens, folks, let’s learn about food allergies!

Key moments in this episode include:

00:06:32 – What Are Food Allergies?

00:09:47 – Major Culprits and Unknowns

00:13:57 – Different Methods of Testing

00:14:50 – Over-the-Counter Allergy Tests

00:15:29 – High IgE Levels and Allergies

00:24:35 – Diagnosing Food Allergies

00:27:10 – Reactivity to Cow’s Milk Allergy

00:28:58 – Prevention of Food Allergies

00:30:26 – Treatment Options for Food Allergies

00:37:57 – What to Do in an Allergic Reaction

00:39:08 – Role of Antihistamines

00:48:36 – Food Allergy Labels

00:49:01 – EpiPen Availability in Schools

00:50:11 – Number of EpiPens to Have, Expiration Dates

00:52:35 – Evolving Understanding of Food Allergies, Future Research

Dr. Stukus recommends the following trusted resources if you want to learn more:

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

The Support Groups page of FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education org).

Dr. Dave’s professional page via Nationwide Children’s.

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