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The hazards of kissing when you are food allergic - A survey on the occurrence of kiss-induced allergic reactions among 1139 patients with self-reported food hypersensitivity

Eriksson, NE; Moller, C; Werner, Sonja LU ; Magnusson, J and Bengtsson, U (2003) In Journal of Investigational Allergology & Clinical Immunology 13(3). p.149-154
Abstract
Background: According to a few case reports, kissing can induce symptoms due to food allergy. Objective: We wanted to investigate the occurrence of kiss-induced allergic symptoms and other social inconveniences among patients with self-reported food hypersensitivity. Methods: A questionnaire was answered by 1139 patients (1-84 years old, mean age 29 years, 393 males and 746 females) who considered themselves to be food allergic. Results: 12% of the patients experienced allergic symptoms when in close contact with (e.g., kissing) a person who had eaten a nontolerated food prior to the contact. Some case histories suggested that the symptoms only appeared if the food intake had occurred immediately before the kiss. In addition, the... (More)
Background: According to a few case reports, kissing can induce symptoms due to food allergy. Objective: We wanted to investigate the occurrence of kiss-induced allergic symptoms and other social inconveniences among patients with self-reported food hypersensitivity. Methods: A questionnaire was answered by 1139 patients (1-84 years old, mean age 29 years, 393 males and 746 females) who considered themselves to be food allergic. Results: 12% of the patients experienced allergic symptoms when in close contact with (e.g., kissing) a person who had eaten a nontolerated food prior to the contact. Some case histories suggested that the symptoms only appeared if the food intake had occurred immediately before the kiss. In addition, the questionnaires showed that 55% had problems in daily life finding tolerable food, 44% were afraid of a severe reaction from eating nontolerated food, 13% could experience symptoms when sitting beside a person who was eating such a food, and 17% could experience symptoms in the kitchen when someone else was preparing such food. Conclusions: What other people eat can influence the quality of life of food-allergic patients. (Less)
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indirect contacts, kissing, food hypersensitivity, social problems, allergy, food allergy
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Journal of Investigational Allergology & Clinical Immunology
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13
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3
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149 - 154
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Hogrefe & Huber Publishers
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1698-0808
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  abstract     = {Background: According to a few case reports, kissing can induce symptoms due to food allergy. Objective: We wanted to investigate the occurrence of kiss-induced allergic symptoms and other social inconveniences among patients with self-reported food hypersensitivity. Methods: A questionnaire was answered by 1139 patients (1-84 years old, mean age 29 years, 393 males and 746 females) who considered themselves to be food allergic. Results: 12% of the patients experienced allergic symptoms when in close contact with (e.g., kissing) a person who had eaten a nontolerated food prior to the contact. Some case histories suggested that the symptoms only appeared if the food intake had occurred immediately before the kiss. In addition, the questionnaires showed that 55% had problems in daily life finding tolerable food, 44% were afraid of a severe reaction from eating nontolerated food, 13% could experience symptoms when sitting beside a person who was eating such a food, and 17% could experience symptoms in the kitchen when someone else was preparing such food. Conclusions: What other people eat can influence the quality of life of food-allergic patients.},
  author       = {Eriksson, NE and Moller, C and Werner, Sonja and Magnusson, J and Bengtsson, U},
  issn         = {1698-0808},
  keyword      = {indirect contacts,kissing,food hypersensitivity,social problems,allergy,food allergy},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {149--154},
  publisher    = {Hogrefe & Huber Publishers},
  series       = {Journal of Investigational Allergology & Clinical Immunology},
  title        = {The hazards of kissing when you are food allergic - A survey on the occurrence of kiss-induced allergic reactions among 1139 patients with self-reported food hypersensitivity},
  volume       = {13},
  year         = {2003},
}