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09 May 2011

Food allergies cost US $500 million a year

Doctor visits, hospital care and lost working days due to food allergies come with an annual $500 million price tag, according to a new US study.

Doctor visits, hospital care, and lost working days due to food allergies come with an annual $500 million price tag, according to a new US study.

Using several databases, the researchers tallied up the cost of emergency room care, hospitalisations, and visits to the physician's office for allergic reactions. They then used those numbers to estimate the nationwide cost of treatment and reported their results in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

 
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