Advances in the Identification of Peanut Allergies!
  • Peanut allergies have increased 18% from 1997-2007.
  • The common laboratory skin and peanut specific IgE have a high sensitivity but low, resulting in many false positive results.
  • A relatively new test  can identify  patients who are at highest risk of anaphylaxis to peanut allergy versus  those who have just a sensitivity reaction.
  • ImmunoCAP is a  blood test  that identifies  the 5 proteins associated with peanut reactions.
  •  Ara h 1, Ara h 2, Ara h 3 and Ara h 9 are heat resistant proteins associated with potentially severe reactions, with Ara h 2 being the most important indicator of severe allergy.
  •  Ara h 8 is a heat liable protein that is most often found in people who have cross reactions to pollens and mild to no clinical peanut allergy symptoms.
  • Sublingual therapy has been linked to reducing the risk of anaphylaxis in severely allergic patients.
Source: Mitchell D. Peanut Allergy Diagnosis: As Simple as Ara h 1,2, and 3. Consultant for Pediatricians. 2013; 347-351.


TAGS     peanut,  allergies,  sublingual therapy,  sublingual drops,  anaphylaxis
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I am a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner and nationally certified as a massage therapist. I hold certificates in aromatherapy and as a certified infant massage instructor. I have a strong interest in the effects of aromatherapy and essential oils on health care...