Black Children Are More Likely to Experience Fish and Shellfish Allergies

Black Children Are More Likely to Experience Fish and Shellfish Allergies

(The group was composed of 36% Black kids and 64% non-Hispanic white children.) Findings showed that Black kids were more likely than white children to be allergic to shellfish and finned fish as well as wheat. In addition, higher levels of these allergens were found in lower socioeconomic and inner-city neighborhoods, where many Black children live. The study also showed that Black children with food allergies exhibited higher rates of asthma, and those with shellfish allergies experienced more severe asthma. Additionally, Black children were two to three times more likely to face these deadly allergic reactions than their white counterparts.

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