• Important Updates to Peanut Allergy Guidelines for Parents with Infants or Expecting Soon

    by Daljeet Samra M.D.
    on Jan 14th, 2017

Important Updates to Peanut Allergy Guidelines for Parents with Infants or Expecting Soon

Peanut allergy usually begins early in life and is one of the few food allergies which can often persist to adulthood. 

In the past it was recommended that infants avoid peanuts for at least the first year of life and in some cases even longer in infants who were at higher risk of developing peanut allergy because they had severe eczema, egg allergy or both. 

More recently in the Allergy Community it has been discovered that avoidance of allergenic foods such as peanuts without diagnosed allergy actually LEADS to increased rates of allergy due to various immunologic mechanisms.  Based on the findings of the LEAP (Learning Early About Peanut Allergy) study we have data which now confirms that introducing peanuts early decreases the risk of developing peanut allergy by 81%. Since this discovery, new guidelines have been established and the following are the highlights of these guidelines:

If you have any further question regarding the new guidelines please contact your health care provider or allergist.

**Adapted from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, "Addendum Guidelines for the Prevention of Peanut Allergy in the United States".

Author Daljeet Samra M.D. I'm a Board Certified Allergist/Immunologist serving the Tri-Valley region including Dublin, Tracy, Pleasanton and Livermore area. I have extensive experience in both clinical and lab research with over 10 years’ of experience in the acute care, critical care and outpatient clinic settings. My main focus and passion is improving patient's health through prevention and treating underlying causes of disease and not just symptoms.

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