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Do You Know That Children With Asthma May Also Have a Peanut Allergy?

A new study, which was presented on May 17 at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference in Denver, has found that children with asthma may have a peanut allergy and not know about it.

Parents may also be unaware their child has a peanut allergy, as symptoms are similar to an asthma attack, such as shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing.

Some asthma symptoms are similar to peanut allergy symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath.  Image: Screenshot/YouTube
Some asthma symptoms are similar to peanut allergy symptoms such, as wheezing and shortness of breath.

Time Magazine reported that Dr. Robert Cohn, medical director of Pulmonary Medicine at Dayton Children’s Hospital, and his team studied 1,517 children who went to a pulmonary clinic at Mercy Children’s Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, for respiratory problems, and left with a confirmed diagnosis of asthma.

Interestingly, among these children, about 11 percent knew they had a peanut allergy. Many of the children in the study came back to the clinic and had a blood test to screen them for peanut allergies, and of that group, 22% tested positive.


“I think if a child with asthma is having difficulty controlling their symptoms—wheezing and coughing—that their parents may want to think about getting them tested for peanuts and other sensitivities, just to see if that may be contributing to why [their asthma] can’t be controlled,” said study author Dr. Robert Cohn of Mercy Children’s Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, as reported by Live Science.

“It’s possible that having a peanut sensitivity may actually make kids’ asthma symptoms worse,” Cohn told Live Science.

Certain asthma medications should be avoided for children with peanut allergies, researchers said.

Cohn added he is not sure about what mechanism might underlie a connection between asthma and peanut allergies. More research is needed to investigate this, reported Live Science.

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Wilma Oakes
When Wilma isn't eating delicious food, she's scouring the internet, and dreaming of what yummy foods she can make next. One of her dreams would be to eat her way through Italy and Japan, and also see the sights of course. Another passion she has is natural health. When she was young her mother was sick for years. When the doctors finally worked out what was wrong they put her on medication, but it wasn't making her any better. Her parents turned to natural health and changed their health and their lives. Wilma has been researching about natural health since she was 12 and is currently studying nutritional medicine. The most important thing in her life is her two beautiful children and husband. They are blessed with a girl and boy and are living the tropical lifestyle in sunny Queensland, Australia. In her opinion the best state in Australia.

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