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Identification of peanuts and tree nuts: are allergists smarter than their patients?
Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2013; 111(4):282-5AA

Abstract

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.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Division of Allergy and Immunology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24054364

Citation

Kao, Leon, et al. "Identification of Peanuts and Tree Nuts: Are Allergists Smarter Than Their Patients?" Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology : Official Publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, vol. 111, no. 4, 2013, pp. 282-5.
Kao L, Bhangoo PS, Roy L, et al. Identification of peanuts and tree nuts: are allergists smarter than their patients? Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2013;111(4):282-5.
Kao, L., Bhangoo, P. S., Roy, L., & Bird, J. A. (2013). Identification of peanuts and tree nuts: are allergists smarter than their patients? Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology : Official Publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, 111(4), pp. 282-5. doi:10.1016/j.anai.2013.07.010.
Kao L, et al. Identification of Peanuts and Tree Nuts: Are Allergists Smarter Than Their Patients. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2013;111(4):282-5. PubMed PMID: 24054364.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Identification of peanuts and tree nuts: are allergists smarter than their patients? AU - Kao,Leon, AU - Bhangoo,Parmbir S, AU - Roy,Lonnie, AU - Bird,J Andrew, Y1 - 2013/08/15/ PY - 2013/03/31/received PY - 2013/05/28/revised PY - 2013/07/04/accepted PY - 2013/9/24/entrez PY - 2013/9/24/pubmed PY - 2013/11/15/medline SP - 282 EP - 5 JF - Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology JO - Ann. Allergy Asthma Immunol. VL - 111 IS - 4 N2 - 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. SN - 1534-4436 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24054364/Identification_of_peanuts_and_tree_nuts:_are_allergists_smarter_than_their_patients L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1081-1206(13)00489-4 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -