ABC News (Australia) published this video item, entitled “Food allergies and schools: why outright bans may not work | The Drum” – below is their description.
Australia is a world leader in the number of people with food allergies, and as many as one in 20 school kids suffer from food allergies.
But despite it being so common there’s no national approach with dealing with food allergies in schools and childcare centres.
Often it’s left to banning certain foods like nuts…but what happens when you are allergic to something else?
It might come as a shock to you that the peak body for food allergy and anaphylaxis says outright bans just don’t work. And they’ve launched a new strategy to help schools and parents feel a whole lot safer. ABC News (Australia) YouTube Channel
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In This Story: Allergy
Allergies are a number of conditions caused by hypersensitivity of the immune system to typically harmless substances in the environment. These include hay fever, food allergies, atopic dermatitis, allergic asthma, and anaphylaxis. Symptoms may include red eyes, an itchy rash, sneezing, a runny nose, shortness of breath, or swelling.
Common allergens include pollen and certain foods. Metals and other substances may also cause problems. Food, insect stings, and medications are common causes of severe reactions. Their development is due to both genetic and environmental factors.
Treatments for allergies include the avoidance of known allergens and the use of medications such as steroids and antihistamines. In severe reactions injectable adrenaline (epinephrine) is recommended.
Allergies are common. In the developed world, about 20% of people are affected by allergic rhinitis, about 6% of people have at least one food allergy, and about 20% have atopic dermatitis at some point in time. Depending on the country about 1–18% of people have asthma. Anaphylaxis occurs in between 0.05–2% of people.
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