How to Live with a Nut Allergy [NOOK Book]


An indispensable guide to dealing with this potentially deadly allergy

Nuts and nut oils are found in countless foods and topical ointments/creams. They are also the leading cause of fatal and ...

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An indispensable guide to dealing with this potentially deadly allergy

Nuts and nut oils are found in countless foods and topical ointments/creams. They are also the leading cause of fatal and near-fatal food allergy reactions. Unfortunately, nut allergies are not as rare as they were once thought to be. According to U.S. and British studies, their prevalence has doubled over the last decade alone.

Co-written by a leading expert on nut allergies, How to Live with a Nut Allergy tells you what you need to know to:

  • Avoid exposure to all kinds of tree nuts and peanuts

  • Reduce the risk of setting off a serious allergic reaction

  • Be prepared should a reaction occur

  • Avoid a reaction in close quarters, such as airplanes

  • Keep children safe from exposure

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071458634
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 9/30/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • File size: 275 KB

Meet the Author

Chad K. Oh, M.D., is chief of Allergy/Immunology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California, and an associate clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine. Carol Kennedy is a health writer with many popular books to her credit.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
Part I All About Nut and Peanut Allergy
1 Nut and Peanut Allergies: What's It All About? 3
What Is a Nut Allergy? 5
Peanuts Versus Nuts 8
Symptoms 10
Causes of Nut and Peanut Allergies 12
2 Who's at Risk? 17
Genetics 18
Prenatal Sensitization 19
Age 20
Other Allergies 24
Outgrowing Peanut Allergy 24
Nut and Peanut Allergies After Transplants 27
3 Diagnosing Nut and Peanut Allergies 29
Finding an Allergist 30
Medical and Dietary History 32
Types of Tests 33
Food Challenge 43
Part II What to Do About Nut and Peanut Allergies
4 Treating Nut and Peanut Allergic Reactions 47
What Is an EpiPen? 49
Learning How to Use an EpiPen 50
First Steps in Treating Anaphylaxis 51
To Inject or Not to Inject? 52
How to Administer 53
How Many Injections? 55
Side Effects 56
Care of Your EpiPen 58
5 Avoiding Exposure to Nuts and Peanuts 61
Step 1 Avoid These Nuts and Peanuts 62
Step 2 Avoid Foods with Hidden Nuts 63
Step 3 Watch Out for Nonfood Products 67
Step 4 Read Labels 69
Step 5 Guard Against Cross-Contamination 71
Step 6 Don't Keep the Allergy Secret 72
Step 7 Be Prepared 73
Step 8 Get a MedicAlert Bracelet 74
Step 9 Educate Your Allergic Child 76
Step 10 Cleanup Tips for Removing Nut Residue 78
Managing Nut and Peanut Allergies 80
New Legislation 86
6 Eat, Drink, and Be Wary: Avoiding Nuts and Peanuts in Restaurants 89
Beware of These Restaurants 90
When You Arrive 92
After You Order 93
Rules for a Sensitive Restaurateur 94
In an Emergency 96
7 Avoiding Nuts When on the Go 97
Air Travel 98
All Aboard! 107
Cruising Around 108
At the Hotel 108
Traveling Abroad 109
8 Nut and Peanut Allergies at School 117
Making Schools Safe for Kids 119
How to Talk to Your School About Nut Allergies 119
Day Care and Preschool 121
Classroom Policies 123
School Lunch Policies 124
Unexpected Situations 125
Letter to Classmates 125
The First Day of Class 128
Talking to Your Allergic Child 129
9 In the Future 131
Hypoallergenic Nuts 135
Modified Peanut Protein Vaccine 136
DNA Vaccines 136
Anti-IgE Vaccine 137
Helpful Bacteria 137
Until Then 137
Appendix International Health Insurance Companies 139
Glossary 143
Resources 147
Index 155
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