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Table 1 Descriptive allergy characteristics of adolescents with objectively-diagnosed staple food allergy

From: Impaired health-related quality of life in adolescents with allergy to staple foods

  n %
Sex
 Boys 40 69.0
 Girls 18 31.0
Number of staple food allergies
 1 36 62.1
 2 18 31.0
 3 4 6.9
Offending staple foodsa
 Hen’s egg 46 79.3
 Cow’s milk 29 50.0
 Wheat 5 8.6
Participant-reported allergies to other foodsa
 Tree nuts 35 60.3
 Peanuts 31 53.4
 Fruit 17 29.3
 Vegetables 8 13.8
 Fish 9 15.5
 Shellfish 12 20.7
 Soy 6 10.3
 Sesame seeds 2 3.4
Number of offending foodsb
 1 8 13.8
 2 10 17.2
 3 13 22.4
 >3 27 46.6
Symptoms resulting from staple foodsa
 Gastrointestinal 28 68.3
 Dermatological 37 90.2
 Oral cavity 32 39.0
 Upper respiratory 16 39.0
 Lower respiratory 39 95.1
 Cardiovascular 11 26.8
 Anaphylaxis 23 56.1
Concomitant allergic diseasec
 None or one 11 19.0
 Two or more 47 81.0
  1. aNot mutually exclusive
  2. bIncludes at least 1 objectively-diagnosed staple food, as well as any participant-reported allergies to other foods
  3. cAsthma, allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis and/or eczema