Characteristics of childhood peanut allergy

A study of 778 children born in the Australian Capital Territory examined the clinical features of peanut allergy over 13 years:

- Most peanut allergy (90%) developed by age 72 months.

- Later age of first reaction was associated with an increased risk of anaphylaxis.

- Asthma was associated with increased risk of anaphylaxis.

- The incidences of peanut allergy and sensitization by age 72 months were 1.15% and 1.53%, respectively

- There was a rise in incidence during the 13-year study period.

References:
Characteristics of childhood peanut allergy in the Australian Capital Territory, 1995 to 2007. Mullins RJ, Dear KB, Tang ML. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2009 Feb 12.
Image source: Roasted peanuts as snack food, Wikipedia, public domain.

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