What Are The Most Common Food Allergies? New Bill Ensures Medications for Kids
Food allergies can be scary — and it's even scarier when you or a loved one has a reaction to something you didn't even know you were allergic to in the first place. President Obama is expected to sign a bill requiring schools to stockpile epinephrine, a medication for people with severe allergies, which is usually given through an EpiPen injection. The allergy-related deaths of two young girls spurred the bill: Katelyn Carlson, 13, died in a Chicago school in 2010, and Ammaria Johnson, 7, died in a Chesterfield County, Va., school in 2012. The number of children with food allergies in the United States has grown about 50 percent since the late 1990s, affecting about 1 in 20 kids, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey. The FDA lists eight major food allergens, which account for 90 percent of allergic reactions. But what are the most common food allergies? Before you stuff your face on Thanksgiving turkey, let's break them down.