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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Peanut Allergy

Recently a 13 year old girl died from one bite (she didn't even swallow) of a rice crispy treat with frosting that had Peanut Butter in it. Her dad (who was a doctor) was right there when in happened and administered several doses of epinephrin (which is suppose to counter act the allergic reaction). There were several nurses and paramedics on scene and even with all the resources available the girl still succumbed to an untimely demise.
I admonish everyone to take food allergies very serious especially in children. Here are a few general rules I follow when giving food to people outside my immediate family.
1. Always ask if anyone has food allergies before sharing treats for food. Peanut butter is not the only food allergies out there.
2. If taking food to a party or event try to make it with hypoallergenic foods (avoid strawberries, peanuts, etc.)
3. If you do make a food item that has allergenic foods make sure it's easy to tell or even make a sign that states the allergenic food used.

For people that do have an allergy to Peanut Butter there is a revolutionary treatment called sublingual immunotherapy. Please DO NOT try to replicate this treatment at home. The trace amount of allergenic is a specific dose and patient must be monitored by a doctor or nurse in a setting where resources are available to counter act any anaphylaxis shock that may occur. If you have a sever allergy to anything you should talk to your doctor and have him prescribe an EpiPen that you should carry with you everywhere you go.

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