Although allergy to food is a common problem and affects about 1 in 10 infants in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, there is still quite a bit of confusion about what the term allergy means, how we get allergic to food and what we can do to prevent it occurring.

The aim of this short book is to explain the basic concepts of food allergy, so that everyone can understand how it occurs, why our body reacts when we have an allergy and discusses some of the advice given for how we can help ourselves and our children to prevent it occurring.

 

Table of Contents

Preface

Let’s be clear

Food allergy is not

Food allergy is

There are two major types of food allergy

Immediate hypersensitivity reactions

Delayed hypersensitivity reactions

What determines if food allergy is severe?

Primary allergy

Secondary allergy

Why do people get food allergy?

Genetics

Irregular early food exposures

Late food exposures

Skin damage which might cause food allergy

The type bugs that live in the stomach may determine whether there is food allergy

Why is food allergy more common today?

The Hygiene Hypothesis

Changes in diet and nutrition

Not all food cause allergies

Types of food that cause allergy in UK and US children

Types of food that cause allergy in UK and US adults

How to not develop allergy to food

Avoidance of common food allergens during pregnancy, breastfeeding and youth

Early introduction of common food allergens such as peanut or egg to a child’s diet

Vitamin D

Oily fish

Breast feeding

Conclusion

 

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Shara has been active in the scientific community for over 30 years. She started as a member of the British Association of Young Scientists at the age of 15, obtained her first science degree at 21 and her Immunology PhD at 25. She has been a research scientist and lecturer in prestigious institutions around the world [including Addenbrookes' Hospital (Cambridge), The Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology (London), The Mount Sinai Hospital (New York) and The Royal Postgraduate Medical School (London)]. Shara left mainstream in 2001 research to follow her passion of science communication and established Euroscicon Ltd in 2001 and Mums in Science in 2005

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