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Giant Communist Robot wrote: I see the prevalence is larger in children than adults, and has been so. This suggests as some of those children grow, they lose their allergy. Either that or they die from peanut butter.
This could also suggest that the allergy is, indeed, new
Perhaps it is a result of genetically engineered food crops?
Giant Communist Robot wrote:I see about 200 people a year die from anaphylactic shock, and about 80% of those caused by tree nuts, which will include peanuts.
Tree Nut Allergy
Tree nut allergy is one of the most common food allergies in children and adults. Like peanuts, tree nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, etc.) tend to cause particularly severe reactions, even if a person is exposed to only a tiny amount.
In a registry of 5,149 people who had peanut or tree nut allergy, the median age of reaction to tree nuts was 36 months. Sixty-eight percent of the tree nut-allergic participants were not aware of any previous exposure to tree nuts before their first reaction. This allergy tends to be life-long; recent studies have shown that approximately 9% of tree nut-allergic children eventually outgrow their allergy.
People seldom are allergic to just one type of tree nut, so allergists usually will tell patients to avoid all tree nuts.
Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies. Unfortunately, it also is one of the most dangerous, since peanuts tend to cause particularly severe reactions (anaphylaxis). Some people are very sensitive and have reactions from eating trace amounts of peanut. Non-ingestion contact (touching peanuts or inhaling airborne peanut allergens, such as dust from the shells) is less likely to trigger a severe reaction.
Peanut allergies seem to be on the rise in children. In the United States, the number of children with peanut allergy doubled between 1997 and 2002. Subsequent studies in the United Kingdom and Canada also showed a high prevalence of peanut allergy in schoolchildren. Unlike egg and cow’s milk allergies, which most children outgrow, peanut allergies tend to be life-long. Recent studies, however, indicate that approximately 20% of peanut-allergic children do eventually outgrow their allergy.
The peanut (Arachis hypogaea) is not really a nut, but a kind of legume. It is related to other beans, such as peas, lentils, and soybeans. People with peanut allergy are not necessarily allergic to other legumes (even soy, another of the “big eight” food allergens), so be sure to speak with your doctor before assuming that you have to avoid these protein-rich foods. A person with a peanut allergy may also be allergic to tree nuts (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews, etc.). In fact, some 30-40% of people who have peanut allergy also are allergic to tree nuts. Not surprisingly, allergists usually tell their peanut-allergic patients to avoid tree nuts.
Researchers have isolated three major peanut allergens. They are trying to learn why peanuts cause such severe reactions and why the number of people who suffer from peanut allergy is increasing. Investigators also are trying to develop therapies that would prevent anaphylaxis in people with peanut allergies.
I didn't think peanuts were included in the tree nut category, since they don't grow on trees, and they aren't a true nut (they are a type of legume).
peanut allergy is the most common cause of food-related death. However, deaths from food allergies are relatively rare, with an estimated one death per 830,000 children with food allergy each year, leading at least one authority to conclude that the danger has been greatly exaggerated via media sensationalism.Prevalence among adults and children is similar — around 1% — but at least one study shows it to be on the rise in children in the United States. The number of young children affected doubled between 1997 and 2002. 25% of children with a peanut allergy outgrow it. About 100 people per year die from peanut allergies.
Giant Communist Robot wrote:My complaint was about a statewide ban and a lack of peanut-allergic students at my daugher's school. Does this make sense to anyone?
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