Food allergy

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What is food allergy?

Food allergies develop when the body's immune system has an abnormal reaction to one or more proteins in a food. Most reactions are from peanut, tree nuts, milk, egg, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy. Approximately 6 to 8% of children under age 5 and 3 to 4% of adults have a true food allergy.

Common symptoms reported by people with food allergy

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with food allergy

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (7) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
depressed mood (8) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Benadryl)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
food allergy (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
anxious mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (4) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
depressed mood (5) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
anxious mood (5) food allergy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5)

Data from patients with food allergy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with food allergy

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty waking up drowsiness
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog nightmares
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (7) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
apathy decreased sex drive (libido) 2 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (8) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Benadryl)
Perceived effectiveness
for food allergy (1 evaluation)
Side effects
allergic reaction
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
food allergy (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
addiction
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
anxious mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue vivid dreams
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) excessive dry mouth 1 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (4) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
bruising decreased appetite 5 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
depressed mood (5) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (5) food allergy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
bowel irritability gastric ulcer 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (5)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with food allergy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has food allergy on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 31
20s 124
30s 206
40s 250
50s 169
60s 94
70+ 16
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 262
20-29 years 100
30-39 years 72
40-49 years 41
50-59 years 10
60-69 years 2
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

81% Female
19% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 512
Not Diagnosed 123

These charts show data from food allergy patients who have completed their condition history
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