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Table 3 Descriptive allergy characteristics of the patients

From: Health-related quality of life, assessed with a disease-specific questionnaire, in Swedish adults suffering from well-diagnosed food allergy to staple foods

  Males Females Total
  n (%) n (%) n (%)
Offending staple foods, inclusion criteria
Cow’s milk 19 (68) 27 (53) 46 (58)
Wheat 15 (54) 25 (49) 40 (51)
Hen’s egg 14 (50) 25 (49) 38 (48)
Other offending foods reported by patients
Tree nuts 13 (46) 29 (57) 42 (53)
Peanuts 14 (50) 24 (47) 38 (48)
Fruit 11 (39) 22 (43) 33 (42)
Shell fish 12 (43) 14 (27) 26 (33)
Vegetables 8 (29) 15 (29) 23 (29)
Fish 9 (32) 9 (18) 18 (23)
Soy 6 (21) 12 (24) 18 (23)
Celery 7 (25) 4 (8) 11 (14)
Sesame seed 5 (18) 3 (6) 8 (10)
Number of offending food items
1 food 6 (21) 8 (16) 14 (18)
2 foods 6 (21) 6 (12) 12 (15)
3 foods 1 (4 8 (16) 9 (11)
>3 foods 29 (57) 44 (56) 44 (56)
Type of symptoms
Skin 20 (71) 38 (75) 58 (73)
Oral Allergy Syndrome 15 (54) 35 (69) 50 (63)
Mucous membrane 22 (79) 40 (78) 62 (78)
Respiratory 18 (64) 31 (61) 49 (62)
Gastrointestinal 15 (54) 41 (80) 56 (71)
Cardiovascular 15 (54) 26 (51) 41 (52)
Number of concomitant allergic disorders
0 allergic disorder 4 (14) 5 (10) 9 (11)
1 allergic disorder 5 (18) 4 (8) 9 (11)
2 allergic disorders 7 (25) 9 (18) 16 (20)
3 allergic disorders 4 (14) 15 (29) 19 (24)
4 allergic disorders 8 (29) 18 (35) 26 (33)