Health Matters: Alarming Increase in Food Allergies

Simone is in the studio with Dr. Clarence Lee (Medical Director with U.S. Health Works) talking about food allergies in children.

There's been a 50 percent increase in children with food allergies over the past 15 years. So, how can people identify and treat the problem?

This news surfaced recently when angry mothers took to social media regarding the significant price hike for EpiPen two-packs, causing a dramatic response from health professionals, lawmakers and the media.

  • An estimated 1 of every 13 children has a food allergy.
  • As many as 15 million adult Americans have serious food allergies, resulting from items like dairy products, nuts or seafood.
  • Every 3 minutes a food allergy sends someone in the U.S. to an emergency medical facility - roughly about 200,000 cases per year.
  • More than 300,000 visits to physicians or urgent care centers are related to food allergies yearly in the U.S.