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Asthma and Peanuts?

When  someone brings a child into the world, their life means just about everything to them. As they grow up, they learn about their habits, hobbies, what kinds of foods they like, and many other things. One thing that needs to be addressed promptly however, is their allergies and sensitivities. This story that I will briefly explain why someone should be willing to analyse a little further into what they think they already know.

shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing. sound familiar? Anyone who has experience with such conditions will tell you that your child has a clear case of asthma. However, what these people may not know is what researchers and scientists are discovering to be more common than we realize. Someone may not be able to recognize it at first, but the symptoms listed above are also very common in those with peanut allergies. Some might brush this off and say that it is a mere coincidence, but further investigation says otherwise. Out of one thousand five hundred children sent to a clinic in Ohio, ten percent of them were found to be sensitive to exposure to peanuts. Sure, ten percent does not sound like much at first, but in the grand scheme of things, that is one hundred and fifty children. What is also interesting about this study is that over half of these children’s parents did not suspect that their children were sensitive to peanuts at all.

To me, having an allergy that could be potentially masked by asthma is rather scary. I remember the days where I was in elementary school, and the teacher would wait for a day where everyone was present and they would ask if anyone had any allergies. There may have been the one or two kids who said yes, but picture a classroom with a child with asthma, but also has an underlying peanut allergy that he does not know about. The other kids in the class are now under the impression that their classroom is a peanut friendly zone, meanwhile there is a child who is allergic to peanuts and his or her body is sending off warning signals such as the shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing stated earlier, and he thinks that his puffer or inhaler is going to fix it or calm the symptoms down. The unfortunate part about this is that the severity of peanut sensitivity is so versatile, that this child could be potentially on his way to the hospital. With side effects to allergies such as throat swelling, you can never be too cautious. It is true that allergy tests including peanut sensitivity tests can be inaccurate, as there are people who eat peanuts regularly and test positive to these exams, but when it comes to a child’s health, and research is showing that there is a connection just a little bit too strong too ignore, I would not take the chance if I had a child, because sometimes the side effects to peanut allergies are simply too deadly to react. Parents, even if you feed your child peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on a regular basis and they have asthma, I would strongly suggest getting them checked out, just in case you find yourself in a predicament where your child is too far out of your reach to help them. This comparison may seem a little farfetched, but someone who tests positive to peanut sensitivity and eats peanuts just fine could be like someone drinking alcohol on a Saturday night. Sure, they can have three or four drinks, just like a child may be able to have one or two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but what happens when that person takes it further? just like when a child says he may want another sandwich or two? Well, that person with the drinks likely ends up throwing up, and that child’s symptoms may end up showing up because they have consumed just enough to allow their body to tell them “hey, this is not right.” Ignore it if you wish, But all I am saying is that it may just take a certain amount of something for symptoms or side effects to finally show up.

About Kerry Dennison

Kerry Dennison

Kerry is a person who enjoys writing & storytelling. When he’s not writing, you can either find him playing Mario Kart wii with his friends or spending time in the gym, as gaming and powerlifting are other hobbies of his.
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