Food Allergy Awareness Month 2021

A food allergy is a medical condition in which exposure to certain foods can trigger a harmful immune response. This allergic reaction occurs because the immune system attacks certain food proteins which are naturally harmless. In the US, an allergic reaction to food sends someone to the emergency room every 3 minutes. Efforts to establish a national awareness initiative regarding food allergies began decades ago by worried parents and family members who were concerned about the lack of advancement in food allergy research. Food Allergy Awareness month was established in 1998 and is celebrated every May, with the goal to raise awareness and inform, as well as provide support to the almost 250 million people affected by food allergies worldwide.

Because there is no cure, food allergies can only be managed by avoiding “trigger” foods and by quickly identifying and treating reactionary symptoms. Reactionary symptoms caused by a food allergy include tingling sensation in the mouth, swelling of the face or other areas of the body, and shortness of breath, amongst others. What causes the immune system to mistakenly perceive harmless proteins as a threat remains unclear. Factors that increase the risk of developing a food allergy include family history and other allergic conditions, like eczema. In cases where a family member has been diagnosed with an allergic condition, the risk of other family members developing a food allergy is higher, but interestingly, the trigger might not be necessarily the same.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of food allergies has risen by 50% from 1997 to 2011. Notably, the prevalence of food allergies appears to be rising among children under the age of 18. There is no single explanation as to why the rates of food allergies are rising, but a few theories point to environmental factors related to Western lifestyles, pollution, dietary changes, and less exposure to microbes which alter the response of our immune systems. Additionally, as society becomes more aware of food allergies and better at diagnosing them, more numbers are reported.

Individuals with a food allergy and their families suffer a financial strain, as well as a heavy psycho-social burden. The annual cost for caring for children with a food allergy in the USA is estimated to $25 billion. Some of the social and psychological challenges faced by these individuals include limited activities outside the home, social isolation, depression, panic attacks and anxiety. The inadequacy of available treatment options is another factor causing anxiety to individuals and their caregivers.

For someone to be diagnosed with a food allergy, an allergist is required to perform a specialized test. The test method used in each case varies. The most common test method used for food allergies is with a skin prick. This is used for allergens that have an immediate response. During the skin prick test, the doctor will place a series of drops containing potential allergens on the individual’s skin surface and pricks the skin. If there is an allergic reaction, the skin may start swelling and cause redness. For allergens with a delayed response, a patch test can be used. During a patch test, the doctor will place tiny cups containing small amounts of pure food on the individual’s back and leave it for 48 hours. In cases where skin tests do not work, or are considered unsafe, or are not available for a suspected allergen, a blood test is required. The doctor will check the patient’s blood sample for antibodies produced by our immune system against various potential allergens.

Living with a food allergy or having a family member with a food allergy causes an effect on the overall quality of life. The Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) organization is one of the world’s largest non-profit organizations specializing in raising awareness for food allergies. The organization was established in 1991 by caring parents and family members who were concerned about the lack of advancement in food allergy research, at a time when food allergies were receiving little to zero public or private support. Since there is no cure for food allergies, raising awareness about early signs, diagnosis and preventative measures is important for improving health care of individuals with food allergies, and offering support to them and their caregivers.

NIPD Genetics Clinical Laboratories are offering various blood tests for the identification of different food allergens, including the most common ones, like nuts, milk, shellfish, as well as less common allergens like kiwi, banana, shrimp etc. The state-of the art clinical laboratories of NIPD Genetics are located at convenient locations in all cities, throughout the island.

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Personal data for purposes of this Privacy Policy, is any information by which you can be individually identified, including, but not limited to, your name, profession, address, e-mail address, and telephone number.

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Type of personal information NIPD Genetics may collect through its Sites

Information Collection And Use

We collect several different types of information for various purposes to provide and improve our Sites and services to you.

Personal Data

While using NIPD Genetics Sites, you may be asked to provide NIPD Genetics certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you ("Personal Information"). Personal Information that might be used to identify you includes, but is not limited to:

If you send us a query via our Contact us form, your email address, the content and any follow up emails are retained indefinitely.

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We may also collect information how the Sites are accessed and used ("Usage Data"). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer's Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Sites that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.

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We use cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on our Sites and hold certain information.

Cookies are files with small amount of data which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your device. Tracking technologies also used are beacons, tags, and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyze our Sites.

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Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer. will take all reasonable steps necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of your personal data will take place to an organization or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of your data and other personal information.

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The security of your data is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

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You can opt-out of having made your activity on the Service available to Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. The add-on prevents the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js, analytics.js, and dc.js) from sharing information with Google Analytics about visits activity.

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You have the right to review, update or delete any of your personal data by sending a request at NIPD Genetics Personal Data Officer

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We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third-party sites or services.

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We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your Children has provided us with Personal Data, please contact us. If we become aware that we have collected Personal Data from children without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information from our servers.

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You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page.

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