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Teenagers with food allergy are four times more likely to report
having asthma than those without, according to new data from the Murdoch
Children's Research Institute.
The link between asthma and
anaphylaxis was made from the results of a study of 10,000 adolescents
(aged 10-14) in metropolitan Melbourne.
It found people with multiple food allergies report 10 times the incidence of asthma.
The link has prompted concerns among health professionals, that a
teenager's anaphylactic reaction could be mistaken for an asthma attack,
leading to a delay in the administration of a life-saving adrenaline
"If a person is coughing, wheezing or experiencing
breathing difficulties, sometimes it can be hard to work out if they are
having an asthma attack or having anaphylaxis," said lead researcher
Professor Katie Allen, from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.
"Instead of immediately administering valuable time can be wasted administering the asthma inhaler."
findings come at the launch of Food Allergy Week 2016, which runs from
May 15 to 21, and aims to raise awareness about food allergies.
Every year there
are around 30,000 new cases of food allergy in Australia. Experts
estimate that, at the current rate, there will be 7.7 million
Australians with allergy by 2050.
Maria Said, President of Allergy
& Anaphylaxis Australia, said the rate of allergy incidence in
Australia was growing at "an alarming rate."
"Australia has one of the highest rates of food allergy in the
world … With such a rapid increase in food allergy over the last 10 to
15 years, our current generation of teenagers is one of the
fastest-growing demographics for allergy management."
to the story of 15-year-old Jack Irvine, who tragically died in 2012
after mistakenly eating biscuit containing macadamia nuts.
from both nut allergies and asthma, Jack's symptoms initially presented
as asthma-related, however his reaction was later identified as
Ms Said said Jack's story proved the importance of allergy education within the community.
Australia up to two per cent of children and adolescents aged between
10 and 14 suffer from a nut allergy, while five per cent suffer from
Professor Allen said the results of the Institute's
study allowed researchers to look at the full spectrum of food allergic
disease, including patients who were seeing doctors about their
allergies and those who were not.
"A study of this type and size has never been undertaken anywhere in the world," she said.
"There have unfortunately been some deaths from anaphylaxis in recent
years where children with food allergy and asthma have not been seeing
an allergist for their problems and we wonder whether they have been
poorly educated about the signs and symptoms and that's been a factor in
If a person believes they may have eaten a food
they are allergic to and they experience breathing difficulties, even if
they have asthma, "anaphylaxis should be top
consideration," Professor Allen said.
"And it's certainly not going to hurt to give the adrenaline anyway."