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Food Allergies in Minority Populations

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One of our Information Specialists received a call inquiring about recent research and statistics about food allergies in minority children.

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Thank you for contacting The Office of Minority Health Resource Center.

Thank you for calling The Office of Minority Health Resource Center. I was able to find some excellent statistics regarding food allergies and children of minority population groups. Please, let me know if this information is what you were looking for and if I can help you further.

Food Allergies & Minorities

Source: AAFA http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&sub=30#prev Exit Disclaimer

  • Food and Drug Allergies – Approximately 6% of allergy sufferers have food/drug allergies as their primary allergy. Food allergy is more common among children than adults. 90% of all food allergy reactions are cause by 8 foods: milk, soy, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. For drug allergies, penicillin is the most common allergy trigger.
  • Allergies are the most frequently reported chronic condition in children, limiting activities for more than 40% of them.
  • Food allergies account for 30,000 visits to the emergency room each year
  • More than 200 deaths occur each year due to food allergies.

Source: Allergic conditions among children: US, 2000-2005 (Source: NHIS)
OTHER:Statistic (Percent), Location (U.S.), Gender (All), Urbanicity (All), Year (2003-2005)
AgeRace/EthnicityFood Allergy
0-17 yearsAll3.8
White3.8
Black3.7
American Indian/Alaska Native*
Asian4.3
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander*
Multiple race4.6
Hispanic2.8
Puerto Rican3.5
Mexican2.5
Non-Hispanic White4.1
Non-Hispanic Black3.7
0-4 yearsAll4.3
White4.3
Black3.9
American Indian/Alaska Native*
Asian5.4
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander*
Multiple race5.9
Hispanic2.8
Puerto Rican*
Mexican2.7
Non-Hispanic White4.9
Non-Hispanic Black4.0
5-17 yearsAll3.6
White3.5
Black3.6
American Indian/Alaska Native*
Asian3.9
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander*
Multiple race3.9
Hispanic2.8
Puerto Rican3.3
Mexican2.5
Non-Hispanic White3.8
Non-Hispanic Black3.6
5-9 yearsAll3.5
White3.5
Black3.7
American Indian/Alaska Native*
Asian4.2
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander*
Multiple race*
Hispanic2.3
Puerto Rican*
Mexican1.9
Non-Hispanic White3.9
Non-Hispanic Black3.6
10-17 yearsAll3.6
White3.6
Black3.5
American Indian/Alaska Native*
Asian3.6
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander*
Multiple race3.9
Hispanic3.1
Puerto Rican3.5
Mexican2.9
Non-Hispanic White3.7
Non-Hispanic Black3.6

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