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Factors influencing the susceptibility to, and characteristics of kiwi fruit allergy
Project Code: T07025
Allergy and Inflammation Sciences, University of Southampton.
Kiwi fruit consumption has increased steadily in the UK since the 1960’s, but it wasn’t until the 1990’s that kiwi fruit allergy was more commonly reported in children and young infants. This study indicates that kiwi fruit allergy is more common in the Uk than previously recognised by the medical profession. It also indicates that most severe reactions occur in young children, and highlights important features of the allergy. Of the 300 people 45 were selected for clinical evaluation. The age, timings and severity of the reactions were also examined. Reactions included tingling and sore mouth, swelling of the lips, tongue and face, rash, vomiting and abdominal pain and, in the most severe cases, breathing difficulties, wheezing and collapse.
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