Allergies up among kids, especially black children

Allergies up among kids, especially black children
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Children's food allergies are on the rise, but a new study finds the increase is most dramatic among African Americans. In fact, self-reported food allergies have nearly doubled in black children over the past 23 years.

Scientists say while African Americans typically have higher levels of allergy-related antibodies, this bump in food allergies is relatively recent. Some doctors have speculated that the rise can be traced back to more kids growing up in homes so clean from anti-bacterial cleaners that their bodies are not developing their own immunities as well as they used to, but that theory has not been proven.

Overall, 1 in 20 American children have food allergies, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That represents a 50 percent increase from 1997 to 2011.

Doctors say they are also hearing more concerns from parents about skin allergies like Eczema in children.