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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 8:48 pm 
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Parents and other caregivers of children who are allergic to milk and eggs have higher anxiety and stress levels than those whose children are allergic to peanuts, researchers report.

That finding even surprised the authors of the study published in the July issue of the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

"It's assumed peanut and tree allergies are the most severe, and therefore it may be presumed they would cause the most strain for caregivers," lead author and allergist Dr. Laura Howe said in a journal news release.

"But because eggs and milk are everywhere, and used to prepare so many dishes, caregivers with children allergic to those two ingredients feel more worried and anxious," she explained.

Howe and colleagues surveyed 305 caregivers of children allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts or tree nuts -- the four most common food allergies -- and found that knowledge was important for peace of mind. Caregivers who knew exactly which foods could trigger an allergic reaction in their child had lower anxiety and stress levels.

The researchers also found that 64 percent of caregivers clearly understood the severity of their child's allergic reaction. Another 19 percent thought the reaction was less severe than it actually was. And, more than 15 percent thought the reaction was more severe than it really was.

Many caregivers said they were greatly concerned about their ability to help their child in the event of an allergic reaction. Many also said that other people wouldn't understand the serious threat posed by their child's food allergy.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:04 am 
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Speaking as a parent of a child with allergies to peanuts, all tree nuts, milk and eggs I can relate to this.

If any food is on the minds of others in relation to allergies, it's peanuts. Many people simply lump tree nuts in with peanuts even though they aren't the same.

There are many food and snack choices on the market that are labeled "peanut free" so it's not that difficult to find an option.

Compare that with milk and eggs and the picture is very different! It's hard to find a cookie or treat that doesn't contain milk or egg. These foods are often thought of as healthy and to some people, necessary.

It's very difficult to find a school, daycare or summer camp that doesn't involve Pizza Day as a celebrated event.

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Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
Cat: allergic to beef, pork and lamb


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:33 am 
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I think part of the problem is that people are aware of the potential for anaphylaxis with peanuts but do not consider the dairy and eggs can cause the same reaction. I've encountered many people who were surprised that my DD was anaphylactic to eggs - they just didn't know it was possible.


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