November 14, 2012

Feeding Food-Allergy Anxiety

Posted in Anxiety, Food Allergy, Schools at 1:22 pm by 1ElleofaWoman

According to recent media reports, a woman in Ontario is petitioning to have oak trees near a school  removed because someone *might* have a reaction.  Apparently, no one in the school has an acorn allergy.  But someone, someday, might have one.  Both the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (AAAI) and the Food Allergy and Anaphalaxis Network agree that there is no risk of a reaction from contact with an acorn.  They are not in the same family as tree nuts (almond, walnut, hickory, pecan, cashew) and are thus those with nut allergies are not likely to be allergic to acorns.  (By the way, AAAI says chestnuts are related to acorns, so no need to panic when chestnuts are roasting by an open fire.)

I cringe when I read stories like this.  Read the rest of this entry »