WFRV reports that many teens with food allergies are taking dangerous risks. A new survey shows that 54 percent of teens sometimes intentionally eat food they know may harm them, and only 61 percent always carry their Epi-Pen.
Researchers blame peer pressure and lack of education for the frightening findings.
Dr. Stanley Fineman of the Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic says, ‘My biggest fear [about a particular patient] is that he wouldn't tell someone because he gets embarrassed when he starts breaking out.’
About 2 million school-aged kids have food allergies. Children with tree nut allergies and asthma appear to be at the greatest risk for severe or life-threatening injuries.
Food Allergy Restaurant Cards make it easier for many people to deal with their food allergy when dining out.