Allergies come in all shapes and sizes ...
Just like allergy sufferers. And they are on the rise. For many people allergies can range from sniffling and sneezing to skin rashes to gastrointestinal issues. A certain percentage, however, have more than these uncomfortable symptoms to deal with. Anaphylaxis, a serious life-threatening reaction, causes approximately 1,500 deaths a year in the United States alone. Clearly, allergies are nothing to sneeze at!
Articles for Advocacy
Epinephrine Commonly Administered by Unlicensed School Staff
A study by Dr. Michael Pistiner of MassGeneral Hospital for Children found that epinephrine was often administered in schools by nonmedical staff, and sometimes to students with no known allergy. This reinforces the importance of legislation such as the Nurse Authorized Stock Epinephrine laws and the training of ALL school personnel. This is especially important for schools that do not have full-time nurses.
By Katherine Bortz
October 20, 2017
CHICAGO — As many as one in five anaphylactic events among children without known allergies are treated with epinephrine administered by an unlicensed school nurse or staff member, according to a recent presentation at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 National Conference & Exhibition.
Peanut Allergy in US Children Up 21 Percent Since 2010
If it seems like more and more children are allergic to peanuts, you are probably correct. In a recent study, Dr. Ruchi Gupta surveyed more than 53,000 U.S. households and found that peanut allergies in children were up 21 percent and rates of tree nut, shellfish, fin fish and sesame allergies are also increasing. It was interesting to note that the risk of peanut allergy was nearly double among black children as compared to white children since 2010.However the good news is two new products were recently approved by the FDA that could potentially prevent peanut allergy by introducing peanut products to infants at an early age.
October 29, 2017
New research currently being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting suggests that peanut allergies in children have increased by 21 percent since 2010, with nearly 2.5 percent of children in the United States potentially now suffering from the condition.
Do Peanut-Free Schools Reduce the Risk of Severe Reactions?
It certainly makes life a little more difficult if we can’t pack a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in our children’s lunch box, but if it can save the life of a child with allergies it is all worth it. However, a recent study found that schools with peanut-free policies actually had higher epinephrine use for the treatment of anaphylaxis caused by peanuts and tree nuts. Schools with peanut-free tables in the cafeteria had lower epinephrine use. This could be due to food with peanuts being brought in accidently to peanut-free schools, or a false sense of security in schools with these policies. The study concludes with the suggestion that it might be best for schools to focus on awareness and training of their school staff, rather than banning peanuts entirely.
By Dr. David Stukus
October 18, 2017
Dr. David Stukus, pediatric asthma and allergy specialist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and member of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s Medical Scientific Council, recently wrote an editorial on the findings of the study, Impact of school peanut-free policies on epinephrine administration.