"Modern Family" star and mom Julie Bowen discussed her son's allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis. Dr. Hemant Sharma, M.D. Associate Chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., explains more about anaphylaxis and which common foods trigger it.
- Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that has many possible triggers, may occur quickly without warning and must be treated immediately with epinephrine, according to food allergy guidelines developed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a division of National Institutes of Health (NIH).
- Approximately one in 13 children in the U.S. has food allergies.
- Virtually any food can cause a life-threatening allergic reaction, but the most common food allergens that can cause anaphylaxis are cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, cashews, pistachios, pecans, etc.), fish, shellfish, soy and wheat.
- While food allergy is the most common cause of anaphylaxis, it can also be triggered by insect stings, medications, latex or other allergens.
- Avoidance of allergic triggers is the critical first step to managing anaphylaxis.
- It has been estimated that anaphylaxis causes up to 1,500 deaths each year.
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