Frequency of food allergy among students in Ahvaz Universities of Medical Sciences and Shahid Chamran - a questionnaire Study

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Mohammad Ali Assarehzadegan , *

How to Cite: Assarehzadegan M A. Frequency of food allergy among students in Ahvaz Universities of Medical Sciences and Shahid Chamran - a questionnaire Study, Jentashapir J Cell Mol Biol. Online ahead of Print ; 3(1):247-256.

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Jentashapir Journal of Health Research: 3 (1); 247-256
Published Online: June 30, 2011
Article Type: Research Article
Received: September 10, 2011
Accepted: March 9, 2012

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Abstract

Background: Food Allergy is now recognized as a worldwide health problem, especially in western nations, and like other atopic disorders, it appears to be on the increase. The aim this study was to estimate the prevalence of food allergy in students in Ahvaz city.

Material and methods: A cross-sectional, descriptive, questionnaire-based study was conducted on 3482 Ahvaz medical and Sh.Chamran universities students in 2009.

Results: Out of 3482 participants1536 (44.1%) and 1946(55.9%) were men and women respectively, with a mean SD age of 21.963.179 years. The main foods reported as causing adverse reactions were Eggplant (20.3%), melon (163%), and processed meats (15.5%). The results indicated overall rate of sensitization to aeroallergens was 49.6%, and it was also observed that 28.3% of these subjects were sensitized to at least one food allergens. Moreover, in this study, significantly more food-allergic subjects were born in spring (58.3%. p<0.01).

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© 2011, School of Medicine, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits copy and redistribute the material just in noncommercial usages, provided the original work is properly cited.

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