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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 11:26 am 
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Extract from "Kissing and Peanuts Can Be Deadly Combo" (HealthDay News):

http://news.yahoo.com/s/hsn/20060307/hl_hsn/kissingandpeanutscanbedeadlycombo

... another study found that food-allergic teens took risks according to different social circumstances.

Researchers asked 174 participants aged 13 to 21 to fill out questionnaires. Three-quarters of the individuals suffered from peanut allergy or two or more allergies; 82 percent had had anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can cause death; and 52 percent had had more than three such reactions during their lifetime.

"Teenagers are at high risk of dying from food anaphylaxis, and we wanted to see why," said study senior author Dr. Scott Sicherer, an associate professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. "Was it because they thought they were invincible, or because they were forgetful?"

Overall, 74 percent of respondents said they always carry epinephrine, the standard antidote for such allergic reactions, with them. But the percentage varied greatly according to activity, with 94 percent saying they carried epinephrine when traveling, but only 43 percent when playing sports.

"Children who were more likely to take risks were less concerned about the allergy," Sicherer stated. "There was an emotional difference."

Teens who wore tight clothing tended not to carry their epinephrine; and many did not realize that if they shared water at a sports event, they might end up with a reaction, Sicherer said.

In addition, three-quarters said they always read food labels, but 42 percent admitted they would eat a food with a label indicating that it "may contain" an allergen.

Only 60 percent of teens told friends about their food allergy, and 68 percent felt educating their friends would make life easier. However, most did not want to undertake that education themselves.

"They wanted other people to understand, but they didn't want to educate," Sicherer said.

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For more info on teens and anaphylaxis, see "Teens & anaphylaxis" at Allergy Safe Communities:

http://www.allergysafecommunities.ca/default.asp?catid=21

For more info on "may contain" warnings on foods, see "Food labelling" at Allergy Safe Communities:

http://www.allergysafecommunities.ca/default.asp?catid=19&catsubid=36

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 2:31 pm 
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"They wanted other people to understand, but they didn't want to educate," Sicherer said.


I can totally relate to that. I was like that as a teenager and, yes, I still find the whole prospect of 'educating' people kind of daunting.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 2:47 pm 
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Which is why the new anaphylaxis guidelines are so critical.

http://www.allergysafecommunities.ca

People with FAs still have to take reponsibility for their condition and work to keep themselves safe, in my opinion, but I hope it helps that there are 5 Canadian allergy organizations working hard to get the info out there as well.

:) K.

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- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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