Mental health and quality-of-life concerns related to the burden of food allergy

Immunol Allergy Clin North Am. 2012 Feb;32(1):83-95. doi: 10.1016/j.iac.2011.11.005. Epub 2011 Dec 12.


As food allergy increases, more research is devoted to its influence on patient and family mental health and quality of life (QoL). This article discusses the effects on parent and child QoL, as well as distress, while appraising the limitations of knowledge given the methods used. Topics include whether QoL and distress are affected compared with other illnesses, assessment of distress and QoL in parents compared with children, concerns about food allergy-related bullying, and the necessity for evidence-based interventions. Suggestions are offered for how to improve QoL and reduce distress on the way to better coping with food allergy.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adolescent
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Family
  • Food Hypersensitivity / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Mental Health*
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Stress, Psychological*