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The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network claims that 100 people die from peanut allergies each year and 15,000 people visit the emergency each year because of it. Peanut allergies occur in roughly 1-2% of young children and 1.5 million people in America. About 20% of young sufferers may outgrow the condition by the time they reach 6 and the tolerance can be reinforced by continuing to consume peanut products. However, resumption of peanut product following suspected remission of the allergy should only be done under close medical supervision. First a blood test and a skin test is done. If both of these are good then the child is required to consume a small amount of peanut product under close supervision to watch for a reaction. Some parents are wary of even doing it this way as 5-10% of children who outgrow their peanut allergy have a recurrence. However, some experts believe that this recurrence could be avoided if the children were encouraged to consume some peanut product once they were allergy free. A study showed that children who consumed larger, regular amounts of peanut product after remission were less likely to have an allergy recurrence than those who continued to avoid the product or only had minimal amounts. The recommendation is that a peanut product be consumed once a month at least but it is advisable to watch them closely for a few years after remission.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Baltimore Jewish Times
About: Peanut allergy recurrence prevented by regular peanut consumption
Date: 31 December 2004
Source: Baltimore Jewish Times
Author: Phila Hoopes
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