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Food Allergy 101

Fast Facts

As many as 15 million Americans have a food allergy, including approximately 6 million children.

As many as 15 million Americans have a food allergy, including approximately 6 million children. Whether you’ve just been diagnosed, have been avoiding a food for years, or have a friend with an allergy, here we have provided some helpful information on food allergies.

Food Allergy Basics

Food allergies cause more than 50,000 emergency room visits every year. Learn more about the symptoms of food-allergic reactions and what you can do to stay safe. Also, check out our animation of what happens in the body during a food-allergic reaction.

Alcohol and Epinephrine: Do They Mix?

Alcoholic beverages are commonly served at social events for those who are 21 years old and older. Be aware of the effects alcohol can have when combined with epinephrine.

Research 101

Scientists have discovered that in the past 5 years, peanut allergy in children has doubled and the number of Americans with a food allergy has increased from 6 million to approximately 12 million. Find out what researchers are studying about food allergies. Also, check out our food allergy calculator to figure out approximately how many people in your class or in your school have a food allergy.

The Kissing Study

A study published in 2006 examines an issue that is very important for teenagers with food allergies: how to know when you are safe to kiss someone who has eaten the food to which you are allergic.

Exercise-Induced Anaphylaxis

Some individuals can experience a severe allergic reaction when they exercise, or when they exercise after eating a certain food. Get the facts about exercise-induced anaphylaxis.

Protect Yourself

Despite your best efforts to avoid the food to which you are allergic, accidents happen. Learn how to keep yourself safe in any situation.

Who's Afraid of Epinephrine?

Nervous about the needle in your epinephrine auto-injector? Get the facts about what it’s like to inject yourself – a quick response could save your life.

After a Reaction Occurs

Sometimes the cause of a reaction is obvious; sometimes it takes a little detective work to find the flaw in your avoidance plan. Here are the steps to take after you’ve had a reaction.

How Your Friends Can Be Your PALs

When Patricia started to have a food-allergic reaction on the subway, her friend Carla saved her life by knowing how to handle an emergency. Learn more about FAAN’s Be A PAL: Protect A Life from Food Allergies program.

Fundraising and How You Can Help

FAAN is a nonprofit organization that is supported in part by donations. Many of you have reached out to us asking how you can help FAAN, so we compiled a list of fundraising opportunities so that you can share it with your family and decide how you might want to get involved.

Food Allergy and Weight Gain

Is it possible that your food allergy is making you fat? According to Dr Mark Hyman our digestive system could be making us gain weight. He has seen patients lose weight just by eliminating certain food allergens from their daily diet. Overweight people can join Nutrisystem. Here is a relevant source.


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