Navigation Links
Socioeconomic status linked to childhood peanut allergy
Date:11/8/2012

ANAHEIM, CA. (November 9, 2012) Peanut allergies are rising among American children and one reason might be due to economic status. According to a new study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting, greater rates of peanut allergy are found in families with higher economic status. This supports the "hygiene hypothesis" of many allergists.

This theory believes that a lack of early childhood exposure to germs increases the chance for allergic diseases. Over sanitization might suppress the natural development of the immune system.

"Overall household income is only associated with peanut sensitization in children aged one to nine years," said allergist Sandy Yip, M.D., Major, USAF, lead study author and ACAAI member. "This may indicate that development of peanut sensitization at a young age is related to affluence, but those developed later in life are not."

The study examined 8,306 patients, 776 of which had an elevated antibody level to peanuts. Peanut allergy was generally higher in males and racial minorities across all age groups. Researchers also found that peanut specific antibody levels peaked in an age group of 10- to 19-year-old children, but tapered off after middle age.

"While many children can develop a tolerance to food allergens as they age, only 20 percent will outgrow a peanut allergy," said allergist Stanley Fineman, M.D., ACAAI president. "It's important that children remain under the care of a board-certified allergist to receive treatment."

According to the ACAAI, peanut allergy affects an estimated 400,000 school-aged children. It is one of the food allergens most commonly associated with sudden and severe reactions such as anaphylaxis. While avoiding peanuts may not be as difficult as avoiding wheat, there is often the risk of cross-contamination by food manufacturers.

The ACAAI recommends peanut-allergic individuals be vigilant in restaurants, where peanuts may appear as a hidden ingredient. Some chefs may use peanut butter in the preparation of sauces or marinades. Those with food allergies should also carry allergist prescribed epinephrine in the event of an emergency.


'/>"/>

Contact: Christine Westendorf
christinewestendorf@acaai.org
847-427-1200
American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Ethnic disparities in breast cancer survival remain despite socioeconomic similarities
2. Socioeconomic disadvantage linked to breast cancer tumor disparity
3. Study finds socioeconomic status linked to weight gain and risk of obesity in African-American women
4. Hospital readmission rates linked to availability of care, socioeconomics
5. Language, immigration status of hispanic caregivers impacted care of children with cancer
6. Childrens health, access to care differ by parents immigrant status
7. Marital status, race increase survival rate significantly for Stage III non-small cell lung cancer patients
8. Study finds non-disclosure of HIV serostatus common among India female sex workers
9. Study examines chronic inflammation in oral cavity and HPV status of head and neck cancers
10. Plavixs New Generic Status Could Be Boon for Patients
11. Disparities in treatment of children in the emergency department based on their insurance status
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/5/2016)... Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) , ... May 05, 2016 , ... ... more attention being paid to the impact our aging population has on communities and ... help aging adults plan for and face age-related challenges. , Aging Life Care ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... Pivot Point Consulting ... gold standard KLAS Performance Report, Epic Consulting 2016 - Which Firms ... specialize in consulting services for electronic health record (EHR) solutions from Epic ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... Qrono ... today announced a development collaboration with the Australian critical medicine company, Phebra ... as schizophrenia. , LAI medicines can offer improved therapeutic benefits over oral formulations, ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... Textile Exchange is excited to ... public stakeholder review. The stakeholder review is an important opportunity for interested parties to ... delivers value to the wool industry., The RWS is intended to be a global ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... ... for electronic cigarettes, requiring e-cigarette manufacturers to submit their products through an arduous ... to all vaping products that entered the market since February 15, 2007. That ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/5/2016)... 5, 2016  Replikins Ltd. today reported initial promising results in animal trials of ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160505/364345 ... ... ... Zika specimens recorded on Pubmed. The analysis identified the highest gene Replikin Counts in ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... -- Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP ) ... , President, U.S. Branded Pharmaceuticals, has decided to ... of a successor. Mr. Lortie joined Endo in ... responsibility for all strategic, commercial and operational functions, ... commercial operations, managed markets, manufacturing, supply chain and ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... , May 5, 2016 Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ... of Douglas S. Ingram , former president of Allergan, ... Todd B. Sisitsky , managing partner of TPG Capital, to ... "Endo recently embarked on ... enhance and expand the Board,s capabilities. Doug and Todd are ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: