Eating hot dogs or drinking hot hand sanitizer are no longer luxury foods for most Americans but now these foods are real food allergens. New York University researchers have determined that people who eat hot dogs suffer from a new form of food allergy a common and potentially severe form of eczema that afflicts thousands of children in the United States.

The study which will be presented Saturday April 4 at the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) Global Conference in Austin Texas will focus on hot dogs which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are our countrys most consumed food group annually causing 1. 7 million allergy-related illnesses in the United States. Hot dogs like most other foods are primarily anaerobic food and have almost no nutrients so their consumption must be artificially raised to the point of high amounts. They are also one of the most frequently reported allergens in children on food allergy lists and are associated with the most hospitalizations. Common symptoms include skin rashes and itching; breathing difficulties; asthma; nasal congestion; wheeziness; and vomiting. This allergy-induced reaction is common in people who are not normally exposed to food allergies. Details of mouse studies were presented during AB2020 but there is little information co-authored by New York University researchers about hot dogs specifically.