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Does gender affect food allergy’s impact on quality of life?

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An analysis of relevant published studies indicates that across all ages, food allergy negatively affects individuals’ quality of life to a greater extent in females than in males.

The analysis, which is published in Clinical and Experimental Allergy, included 34 studies. In the studies, women and the parents of girls tended to report a greater impact of food allergy on health-related quality of life than men or parents of boys.

Evidence also showed that improvements in quality of life over the course of treatment for food allergy can be different for males and females, with weak evidence suggesting that male children may experience more improvements in quality of life following immunotherapy for food allergy than female children. Therefore, allergy management approaches may need to be tailored to account for gender.

“Our objective in publicizing this research is to highlight the need to account for gender when caring for people with food allergy, when measuring the impact of food allergy on quality of life, and when making policy decisions about food allergy,” said corresponding author Mimi Tang, PhD, of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, in Australia.

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Clinical and Experimental Allergy is the Official Journal of the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology, publishing clinical and experimental observations in disease in all fields of medicine in which allergic hypersensitivity plays a part.Clinical and Experimental Allergy strikes an excellent balance between clinical and scientific articles and carries regular reviews and editorials written by leading authorities in their field.

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