Food allergies among kids vary

Black and Hispanic children are much more likely to have corn, shellfish and fish allergies than white children, according to a U.S. study.The study also found that compared to whites, black children have much higher rates of asthma, eczema and allergies to wheat and soy.

The results, from the study of 817 children who were diagnosed with food allergies from birth to age 18, show that race and ethnicity are important factors in how people are affected by food allergies, according to the researchers.

“Food allergy is a prevalent condition in the U.S., but little is known about its characteristics and severity in racial minority groups,” said study lead author Dr. Mahboobeh Mahdavinia, an allergy and immunology expert at Rush University in Chicago.

 

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