Peanut-Allergic Patient Experiences After Epicutaneous Immunotherapy: Peanut Consumption and Impact on QoL
Immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated food allergy impacts 8% of US children,1 with peanut allergy prevalence steadily increasing.2 Food allergy affects everyday activities for food-allergic children and their parents,3 which can increase anxiety and reduce health-related quality of life (QoL).4, 5 Although several peanut-desensitization methods are being studied, no approved treatments exist for peanut-allergic patients.6, 7 Current research is mainly focused on efficacy and safety; however, it is important to consider participant QoL following peanut-immunotherapy clinical trials.
CONCLUSION: A similar approach to that used for peanut OIT can be taken for non-peanut foods, and for multiple foods simultaneously. High baseline allergy test results are not a contraindication to OIT. PMID: 31494236 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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The articles reviewed in this month's edition of From the Pages of Allergy Watch were selected to coincide with the food allergy theme. The first article investigates potential inflammatory markers in children who outgrow their food allergy. The article reviewed by Dr Khan investigates the usefulness of behavioral therapy intervention to help allay anxiety for parents of children with food allergy. The article reviewed by Dr Oppenheimer explores the immunologic mechanism associated with the development of tolerance in young children with cow's milk allergy.
The pursuit for the healthiest diet continues. Just as I was finishing writing this blog post, a new study came out suggesting that both low-carb and high-carb diets may shorten lifespan. In the 1980s and ‘90s, we were following the low-fat trend. These days, the ketogenic diet and the very-low-carb diet are all the rage. And if you think there is controversy about the right amount of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins you should eat, the conversation can get downright ugly if we start talking about specific items like gluten. Research continues to look for insight into the best diet for humans. But the relentless foc...
Food allergy is seen in 2% to 8% of the US population and continues to increase.1 –3 Patients with food allergy often have an impaired quality of life and may experience nutritional deficiencies.4,5 Currently, there are no US Food and Drug Administration–approved treatments for food allergy, and it is recommended that patients practice allergen avoidance and carry epinephrine for use in case of severe reaction to unintentional allergen exposure.6 The lifestyle of allergen avoidance presents a challenge and often causes anxiety for patients and caregivers.
Abstract Childhood bullying is common and can lead to serious adverse physical and mental health effects for both the victim and the bully. In teenagers, risk factors for becoming a victim of bullying include being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender; having a disability or medical condition such as asthma, diabetes mellitus, a skin condition, or food allergy; or being an outlier in weight and stature. An estimated 20% of youth have been bullied on school property, and 16% have been bullied electronically in the past year. Bullying can result in emotional distress, depression, anxiety, social isolation, low sel...
Conclusion: Whilst atopic diseases and internalizing disorders are highly genetic in aetiology, genes do not appear to explain the comorbidity of these diseases.
ConclusionThe PSS is valid and reliable in parents of children with chronic health conditions. ImplicationsHaving established robust psychometric properties of the PSS, research is needed to extend its utility and routine use in clinical and public health settings.
Every three minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room in the US. Not only the number of people suffering from food allergies but also the complexity and severity of conditions are rising globally. Food scanners or portable devices could tell you the exact ingredients of the food on your plate; while apps and wearables help you deal with the effects of allergens. Here, I listed the best technologies combating food allergy! Food allergy on the rise Food allergy has been referred to as the second wave of the allergy epidemic, asthma being the first. Researchers estimate that up to 15 milli...
CONCLUSIONS: Based on parental experiences, having a child with severe allergic disease implies a need to constantly be on guard. In order to improve the care of children with severe allergy and their families, a more person- and family-centered approach is needed. PMID: 28635547 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]