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)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
anxious mood (8) food allergy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Benadryl)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
food allergy (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Knee brace)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (2) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)

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)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 2 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
anxious mood (8) food allergy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (5) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
suicidal ideation
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (5) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
blackouts social withdrawal
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty waking up
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Benadryl)
Perceived effectiveness
for food allergy (1 evaluation)
Side effects
allergic reaction
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
food allergy (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Knee brace)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
anxiety attacks insomnia 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido)
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (3)
  • 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?

  • 2 new patients joined this month
  • 288 say food allergy is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 31
20s 91
30s 254
40s 280
50s 201
60s 132
70+ 37
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 277
20-29 years 111
30-39 years 73
40-49 years 42
50-59 years 11
60-69 years 2
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 203
Female 824

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 583
Not Diagnosed 131

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