Peanut Allergies are Real

By Heather Legg

As seen in recent news, peanut allergies are real. They are scary and can cause death – they are real. For those with severe allergies, foods can be life threatening, and unfortunately, treatment does not always come in time. Other times, a first reaction can be an eye opener and let the family know to be ever vigilant.

In recent news, a young UK woman died after eating Indian takeout food. She was alone in the home she shared with her mother and didn’t realize there were peanuts in the food she had ordered. She ate it and realized she was having a reaction and called the emergency line. She even left the door open so they could get in, but it was too late and she died later that night. What a devastating loss. The article I read did not state if she had an Epipen or not.

In another current story, Kourtney Kardashian’s son was rushed to the hospital after breaking out in hives and vomiting after having peanut butter. Mason is 11 months old and his mother was trying a new food on him, peanut butter. They called paramedics when they saw the allergic reaction develop. He was fine, remained conscious and was transported to the hospital for evaluation. I am sure now he has an Epipen and probably won’t be eating peanut butter for a while, if ever.

Again, as stated numerous times before, peanut allergies are on the rise. They have more than tripled in the past 10 years and society is learning to deal with them. It does not simply affect the one allergic, but also the family and friends and beyond. Teachers and schools are dealing with allergies, and I wonder in a few years how work places will handle allergies, since it is the young generation now showing the increase. We’re seeing debates about peanuts on planes and in ballparks. Signs are in restaurants, bakeries and grocery stores. It is a real issue and something that everyone, not just those immediately effected have to know about.

It is so sad to hear of a death caused by allergies, and close to home for many of us. Our condolences go to the family. It lets us know, though, that allergies are real and not to be taken lightly. Where they may be minor for one child, another child may be deathly allergic and it’s not for others to judge, just to support.

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