Teens are not willing to open up about food allergies which leads to the increase in risk taking potential. Most teens will not accept that they have food allergies, they do not want to look different. However, there are interventions that parents and peers can help with in managing the food allergies as teens grow into adulthood.
The management of food allergies in teens is complicated by:
- Majority of time is spent with friends and away from adults.
- Strong social pressure to fit in.
- Lack of support in their environments.
- Questionable decisions that do not reflect what the teens know.
Studies have shown that 17 percent of adolescents and young adults were high risk because they did not at all times carry epinephrine and that they ate food that may contain allergens.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.
It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.