The report, prepared by the Hospital Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children in & # 39; Chicago, found that about half of the people suffering from food allergy develop it during their adult years.
"We were surprised found that allergies to foods in adults were so common," said Ruchi Gupta, main author of the research and paediatrics professor at the School & # 39; Medicine Feinberg at the University of -Northwestern (UN).
The report notes that the allergy most common food among Americans is seafood, affecting 7.2 million people and "usually starts in adults and is really common during life", said the researcher.
According to the analysis, follow allergies to milk (4.7 million), peanuts (4.5 million) and nuts (3 million).
Allergies to fish (2.2 million), eggs (2 million), wheat (2 million), soybeans (1.5 million) and sesame (half a million) are also common.
The number of adults suffer from food allergy in the United States. exceeds 26 million people, the study estimated, evaluating national cross-section of more than 40,000 adults.
B & # 39; contrast, 19% of adults mistakenly believe they are allergic to any food and avoid unnecessary its consumption.
"It is important to consult a doctor to make assessments and getting proper diagnosis before ruling out any food from the diet," Gupta recommended.
only half of adults suffering from food allergy diagnosis confirmed by a doctor and have less than 25% currently have prescription of epinephrine, the more substance used to combat allergic reactions.