AAAAI Responds to Asthma and Peanut Allergy Study in the News

A new study highlighted during the American Thoracic Society’s Annual Meeting has been receiving considerable media attention. The study’s authors suggest children who have poorly controlled asthma are more likely to be peanut sensitized, and that such patients may benefit from testing for possible peanut allergy. After seeing the resulting media coverage, the AAAAI took to Facebook and Twitter to urge caution and the AAAAI Adverse Reactions to Foods Committee quickly put together a response that was issued to top media outlets and bloggers. The response points out: “A recommendation to test asthmatic patients for peanut allergy will potentially lead to misdiagnosis, and an unnecessary use of resources. Testing for food allergy in the absence of clear symptoms of an acute allergic reaction is never recommended. Despite a high rate of peanut sensitization in this study, there is no relevance to the study’s finding since diagnosing peanut sensitization does not improve asthma control.”
Credit: AAAA&I Practice Matters 5/21/15
Posted 06/29/2015

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