Inspiration: Do food allergies affect other allergies?

I didn’t start calling myself a “Bubble Child” for no reason.  Amongst having an immediate response allergy to tree nuts, peanuts, coffee, cucumber skins, and carrot skins (weird, yes…), and severe food intolerances to both gluten and nuts, and mild ones to soy, coconut meat, and corn, I have been blessed (cough cough) with a few outdoor and skin allergens, as well, including: wool, anything that’s not real metal (i.e. no costume jewelry for this gal!), angora, and down feathers.

Which is why I did some research, as to whether or not I am a special “Bubble Child” case, or if there is some sort of correlation.  Turns out there is.  According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology:

“Kids with a food allergy are two to four times more likely to have conditions such as asthma and other allergies.”*

“A nationwide survey found that more than half (54.6%) of all U.S. citizens test positive to one or more allergens.”**

So, if you find yourself, your loved ones, or even random strangers who could not count all of their allergens using all of their fingers, toes, and eyelashes combined, they are not alone!  Being a Bubble Child may not be as uncommon as we all originally thought…

*Branum AM, Lukacs SL. Food allergy among U.S. children: Trends in prevalence and hospitalizations. NCHS data brief, no 10. 

**Arbes SJ et al. Prevalences of positive skin test responses to 10 common allergens in the U.S. population: Results from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2005; 116:377-383.


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