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Why Peanut Allergy is Now Considered as an Epidemic

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Published on : Oct 29, 2018

A recent study conducted by the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai hospital in New York found that peanut allergies tripled between 1997 and 2008 from 1 in 250 to 1 in 70. As the number of people suffering from different food ailments has stumped experts to know the exact reason behind it.

A food allergy is a reaction that takes place when the immune system attacks harmless proteins. The drug makers are making efforts to treat this issue. One method for treating allergy is introducing peanuts in small quantity. This will steadily increase the tolerance level.  

Director of the institute, Dr. Scott Sicherer said that the growing number of peanut reaction is like an epidemic. He also added by saying it is impossible to deny such an increase. Nowadays, two children per classroom have food allergies.

According to the National Institutes of Health, last year said that early exposure to peanuts might help in preventing allergies. Although food given to the infant should be according to the new guidelines. Parents can start with peanut containing food to infant as early as 4 to 6 months.

Apart from peanut, various people are allergic such as eggs, milk, wheat, fish, and other nuts to other food. Milk and eggs allergies can outgrow, but peanuts are harder to harder to deal. Moreover, Sicherer that the cause of allergies is because of the cleanliness. As nowadays, children are on computer rather than on playgrounds. In this case, our immune system may get misdirected and attack things that it doesn’t need to.

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