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1.5 million people may suffer from a new common allergy

Sesame allergies more common than previously thought, says new study

Rachel Grumman Bender,Yahoo Lifestyle Mon, Aug 5 5:29 PM EDT

Sesame food allergies more common than previously thoughtSesame allergies are more common than previously thought, based on a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open. In fact, it’s the ninth most common allergy in the U.S., according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI).

The August 2019 study shows that an estimated 1.5 million children and adults in the U.S. may have a sesame allergy — that’s nearly as common as soy and pistachio allergies, according to the AAAAI.

Many experience “severe reactions” to the allergen, according to the researchers. “The signs of a sesame allergy are the same as for allergic reactions to other foods,” Jacqueline A. Pongracic, MD, division head of allergy/immunology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

“The manifestations may involve the GI tract (abdominal discomfort/cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea), skin (itchy rash, hives, swelling), respiratory tract (cough, throat tightness, difficulty breathing, wheezing) and neurologic and cardiovascular systems (drop in blood pressure, pallor, dizziness, weakness and loss of consciousness).”…

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