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DENVER – About 15 million Americans have to deal with food allergies every day.

Since 1997, the number of children with a food allergy has increased 50 percent.

Why? Researchers are trying to pinpoint why certain people's immune systems target certain foods as a threat. When that happens, the body releases histamine and other chemicals which then cause symptoms which range in severity from skin rashes to life-threatening anaphylaxis.

There is no cure to food allergies. There is no standard treatment to prevent a serious reaction.

Avoiding certain foods is the only way for people with allergies to stay safe.

Food Allergy Research and Education is the world's largest private source of funding for food allergy research.

Denver's FARE Walk for Food Allergy is Saturday, Aug. 9 in Washington Park. There is no registration fee but all donations will go toward research. Spreading awareness is a big component of the Walk for Food Allergy.

For more information on Denver's Walk for Food Allergy: http://bit.ly/1unUpkS.

For more information on food allergies: http://bit.ly/UY4Dwb.

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