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September 15, 2012

Ask a Nurse: My Deadly Sandwich! Peanut Allergies

Pamela is an RN, MSN/Ed.

Pamela is a mother of 6 amazing children ages 11 to 24. She is a nurse educator and loves to travel overseas to work in medical clinics and teach health-related topics to schools and communities. She has been married to her best friend, Steve, for 29 years. She has many different interests including reading, writing (NOT arithmetic!), baking, teaching, and spending time with her family. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband and two youngest daughters.

My Deadly Sandwich!

( Peanut Allergies)

My favorite sandwich is a good ol’ PBJ. I like it on double fiber bread with crunchy peanut butter and blackberry jam….mmmm, good!  Unfortunately, this favorite sandwich can cause life-threatening symptoms in those with peanut allergies. Some schools are taking drastic measures, even banning any peanut products on school property. Do you think they are over reacting? Well, let’s look at some statistics.

  • Peanut allergy is one of the “Big 8” food allergies that account for 90% of those suffered by 21 million Americans.

  • More than 3 million people in the United States report being allergic to peanuts, tree nuts or both.

  • Approximately 1% of the U.S. population has a peanut allergy (Sicherer, SH, “Prevalence of peanut and tree nut allergy in the US…“)

  • Less than 21% of patients with peanut allergy will outgrow it.

  • Peanut Allergy is the most common cause of food related death

  • Four out of every 100 children have a food allergy. (CDC/NCHS Study, “Food Allergy Among U.S. Children…”)

  • From 1997 to 2007, the prevalence of reported food allergy increased 18% among children under age 18 years. (CDC/NCHS Study, “Food Allergy Among U.S. Children…”)

From 2004 to 2006, there were an average of 9,537 hospital discharges per year with a diagnosis related to food allergy among children 0 to 17 years. (CDC/NCHS Study, “Food Allergy Among U.S. Children…”Continue reading