Dr. John Chovan, PhD., DNP, RN, CNP, CNS
Anaphylaxis, Peanut Allergy, Food Allergy
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
The rise of food allergies directly correlates with the increase in anaphylactic reactions. Food allergies currently affect an estimated 15 million Americans or 4% of children and 1% of adults. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening reaction that is most commonly caused by food allergies. The top 8 allergens in the United States are: peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish. Peanut allergies are on the rise in the United States and are commonly a cause of anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis causes rapid-onset respiratory compromise, skin/mucosal involvement and hypotensive end-organ dysfunction. Symptoms of anaphylaxis are severe and often occur very quickly after exposure to the allergen and may return again in a biphasic reaction one to thirty hours later. For this reason, the relationship between food allergies, peanut in particular, and anaphylaxis will be explored.
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