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10 common allergy myths

By: Katherine Butler on June 2, 2011, 7:54 a.m.
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Food allergies are extremely common

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) notes that perhaps the biggest misconception people have about allergies pertains to food. As the AAFP reports, “Although 25 percent of people think they're allergic to certain foods, studies show that about only 6 percent of children and 1 to 2 percent of adults have a food allergy.” So why is there a higher number of people who believe they suffer from allergies? Most people are actually suffering from a food intolerance or sensitivity. A food sensitivity does not incite an allergic reaction in the body. Further, most people with food allergies are actually allergic to less than four foods.