Children's Peanut Allergies Have Doubled

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Children's Peanut Allergies Have Doubled

Roasted Peanuts, Nut-Based Oils Contributing to Problem

Jeanie Lerche Davis

Dec. 9, 2003 -- The number of children with peanut allergies has doubled over the past few years, a new study shows.

Walnuts caused the most problems, followed by cashews, almonds, pecans, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios, and pine nuts.

Throat tightness, shortness of breath, and hives were the main symptoms. Nearly 80% had respiratory and other reactions; however, only three-quarters of children and less than half of adults had seen a doctor about the problem.

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Sicherer SH, Munoz-Furlong A, Sampson HA. Prevalence of peanut and tree nut allergy in the United States determined by means of a random digit dial telephone survey: A 5-year follow-up study. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 2003 Dec;112(6):1203-7.



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