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Identification of peanuts and tree nuts: are allergists smarter than their patients?
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PMID:  24054364     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: It has been reported that peanut- or tree nut-allergic individuals and their guardians are poorly capable of differentiating various tree nuts and peanuts. No information exists on the ability of allergists to differentiate peanuts and tree nuts.
OBJECTIVE: To measure the ability of allergists and other specialists within the allergy and immunology field to identify various types of tree nuts and peanuts.
METHODS: A nut box with a clear cover was constructed and contained various tree nuts and peanuts in shelled and unshelled forms. Attendees at the 2012 national meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology were offered participation by viewing the nut box and filling in their responses to a questionnaire. A similar procedure was conducted in the Food Allergy Center at Children's Medical Center (Dallas, TX) for guardians of children with and without peanut or tree nut allergies.
RESULTS: Allergists were better able to identify and differentiate tree nuts and peanuts than guardians of peanut- or tree nut-allergic children, guardians of children without food allergies, and allergy and immunology fellows in training.
CONCLUSION: It is important for allergists to educate peanut- and tree nut-allergic individuals and their guardians on the proper avoidance of peanuts and tree nuts. This includes education in the ability to identify peanuts and tree nuts. In addition, allergy and immunology fellows in training may benefit from education in proper peanut and tree nut identification.
Leon Kao; Parmbir S Bhangoo; Lonnie Roy; J Andrew Bird
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2013-08-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology     Volume:  111     ISSN:  1534-4436     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Allergy Asthma Immunol.     Publication Date:  2013 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-09-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9503580     Medline TA:  Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  282-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2013 American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Division of Allergy and Immunology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas.
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