One of the most common allergies among children is a peanut allergy. Reactions to peanuts can range from minor irritations including skin redness, hives, itchy throat, and runny nose to more severe reactions including anaphylaxis. An allergy to peanuts is the most common cause of food induced anaphylaxis, requiring immediate medical attention. Signs of anaphylaxis can include a swollen throat, difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, and dizziness leading to loss of consciousness.
Why should I care about a peanut allergy?
What is most scary about a peanut allergy is that eating the peanut is not always what causes an allergic reaction. Casual contact with peanuts, i.e. touching peanuts or products containing peanuts, can cause a reaction if transferred to the eyes or nose. Schools around the country have adopted regulations either monitoring or severely restricting the use of peanuts and other tree nuts in school lunches and snacks as a result.
Will my child have a peanut allergy for the rest of her life?
A recent issue of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice recently published a 12-year longitudinal study stating that roughly 20% of children diagnosed with a peanut allergy will be expected to outgrow their peanut allergy. However parents should still remain vigilant in monitoring their children’s exposure to certain trigger foods that can cause a reaction.
How do I limit my child’s exposure to peanuts?
The federal Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) requires that all processed foods containing peanuts must list it as an ingredient. Some companies volunteer to print the words, “may contain peanuts,” as a warning to consumers who are concerned about potential exposure to peanuts and other food allergens. At this time, there is no law requiring food companies to do so.
If you want to limit your child’s exposure to peanuts, be sure to read food product labels thoroughly. Peanuts can also be found in unexpected sources like baked goods, chili, enchilada sauce, egg rolls, and pet food.
How can I verify if my child has a peanut allergy?
Dr. Z has worked with many children and parents to test the presence of a peanut allergy. Please call the office and speak to our friendly receptionist to make an appointment.
The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice covers the spectrum of diseases in the allergy/immunology specialty with an emphasis on practical clinical research and the latest recommendations for diagnosis and treatment.
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