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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 12, 2013

Food, Skin Allergies Have Increased in US Children

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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Section Editor: Rebecca Voelker, MSJ.

JAMA. 2013;309(22):2319. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.6392

The prevalence of food and skin allergies among children younger than 18 years has increased since the late 1990s, according to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

Between 1997 to 1999 and 2009 to 2011, the prevalence of food allergies increased from 3.4% to 5.1% and skin allergy prevalence increased from 7.4% to 12.5% among children and teens up to age 17 years. Respiratory allergies such as hay fever were the most common type in children, with a stable 17% prevalence rate during the same period.

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