Prevalence of Parent-Reported Food Allergy in a Mexican Pre-School Population

Jesús Gilberto Arámburo-Gálvez, Oscar Gerardo Figueroa-Salcido, Giovanni Isaí Ramírez-Torres, Elí Terán-Cabanillas, Martina Hilda Gracia-Valenzuela, Aldo Alejandro Arvizu-Flores, Cesar Antonio Sánchez-Cárdenas, José Antonio Mora-Melgem, Luisamaria Valdez-Zavala, Feliznando Isidro Cárdenas-Torres*, Noé Ontiveros*

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The magnitude and relevance of food allergies in the preschool population remain unknown in most regions of Mexico and Latin America. Thus, our aim was to estimate the parent-reported prevalence of food allergies in a Mexican preschool population and to characterize their clinical diagnosis and presentation. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in Culiacán City. A validated questionnaire was utilized. A total of 810 parents responded to the questionnaire (valid response rate, 40.7%). The estimated prevalence rates (95% CI) were: “physician-diagnosed Food Allergy (FA), ever” 5.30% (3.86–7.08); “immediate-type FA, ever” 2.96% (1.91–4.38); “immediate-type FA, current” 1.60% (0.86–2.73); and food-dependent anaphylaxis 1.11% (0.51–2.01). The main food allergens were milk (0.49%), strawberries (0.37%), egg, and soy (0.25% each). Atopic diseases and a family history of allergies were significantly associated with immediate-type FA. Among “immediate-type FA, current” cases, 76.9% required emergency room visits, but the prescription of epinephrine autoinjectors was reported in one case only. The food reactions occurred at home (92.35%), in a relative’s house (38.5), and at restaurants (23%). Immediate-type FA reactions requiring emergency room visits are not uncommon among the studied population. Actions like proper anaphylaxis management and the prevention of cross-contamination of foods should be encouraged.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5095
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Issue number15
StatePublished - Aug 2023

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  • anaphylaxis
  • egg allergy
  • food allergen
  • food allergy
  • milk allergy
  • parent report
  • survey


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