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EAACI Publishes the First European Guidelines for food-Allergy Sufferers

June 24, 2013

MILAN, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

Europe’s foremost scientific allergy authority, the European Academy of Allergy and
Clinical Immunology (EAACI), has just published the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis
Guidelines, the first comprehensive clinical guide for the prevention and treatment of
food allergies and severe, even potentially fatal, allergic reactions.

EAACI presented the guidelines today in Milan at the World Allergy Congress, attended
by 8,000 delegates. The guidelines offer practical recommendations not only for doctors
and patients, but also for schools, communities, regulators, the food industry, and
insurance companies.

EAACI research reveals that over 17 million Europeans, and one in four school
children, suffer from food allergies. The traditional perception of food allergy as a
nuisance-itchy hives, a runny nose, or diarrhea-is altered, raising it to a higher level
of scientific understanding and classification. The evidence collected by EAACI task
forces shows that hospital admissions for anaphylaxis (severe, often lethal allergic
reaction) have risen seven-fold in the past 10 years.

                                                               Population        Food
                                                                      (in     Allergy
        EU Countries                                             millons)   Occurence
        Denmark                                                       5,4    (86.000)
        UK                                                           60,9 (1.200.000)
        Greece                                                         11   (220.000)
        Poland                                                       38,2   (950.000)
        Netherlands                                                  16,3   (407.000)
        Spain                                                        44,5 (1.330.000)
        Switzerland                                                   7,5   (225.000)
                                                                                3,5 %
        Italia                                                       60,3 (2.100.000)
                                                                                3,5 %
        Germany                                                      82,6 (2.900.000)
                                                                                3,5 %
        France                                                       63,2 (2.200.000)

Despite these numbers, until now, evidence-based, clinical guidelines for everyday use
have been nonexistent in Europe.

Antonella Muraro MD, EAACI Secretary General Elect and Head of the Food Allergy
Referral Center at Padua General University Hospital in Veneto, organized the
international group of experts who published the guidelines.

Prof. Muraro said: “Doctors, patients, parents, schools, society, government, and
industry must work together to find solutions to the growing allergic threat. That is why
we created the first official guidelines with best practices for diagnosing and treating
food allergies. We stress that all of the interconnected issues must be addressed: quality
of life, patient education, diagnostic and therapeutic methods, food manufacturing,
medical reimbursement and policy making.”

EAACI President, Professor Cezmi Akdis said: “Food allergies are rising sharply. As
our lifestyle changes, more and more food allergies are forecast not only for
industrialized nations, but also for developing countries. Children are suffering more
than anyone, and I am very confident that the EAACI can contribute to the prevention of
food allergies in children by developing these guidelines.”


The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, EAACI, is a non-profit
organization active in the field of allergic and immunologic diseases such as asthma,
rhinitis, eczema, occupational allergy, food and drug allergy and anaphylaxis. EAACI was
founded in 1956 in Florence and has become the largest medical association in Europe in
the field of allergy and clinical immunology. It includes over 7,800 members from 121
countries, as well as 42 National Allergy Societies. http://www.eaaci.org

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SOURCE European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI)

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