The findings of a new study have revealed a strong connection between peanut allergies and asthma, and have suggested that kids suffering from asthma could also be sensitive to peanuts, and their parents may not actually realize it.
The researchers studied 1517 children for the study, all of whom attended a pulmonary clinic and were diagnosed with asthma. They found that 11% of these children were aware that they suffered from peanut allergy, and when many children came back to the clinic for a blood test to get themselves screened for the allergy, 22% were found to be affected.
More than half of the children who were known to be affected by peanut allergy didn’t actually suspect themselves of being affected, which is quite concerning.
“I don’t think children with peanut allergies would be misdiagnosed with asthma. It is most likely the other way around. Children with asthma might not be recognized as having a peanut sensitivity,” the researchers explain. “Parents of children with asthma should understand that there may be asthma medicines that are not advised in children with peanut allergies.”
Since peanut allergies could act as a possible trigger for an allergy attack, getting a peanut sensitivity test could be helpful for children who are diagnosed with asthma as a protective measure, especially for children who experience uncontrolled coughing and wheezing.
“This study demonstrates children with asthma might benefit from a test for peanut sensitivity, especially when control of wheezing and coughing is difficult to achieve. If a physician is having this problem, or if a parent notices it in his or her asthmatic child, they should consider testing, even if they believe their child is not sensitive to peanuts,” the researchers added. “There should be continued investigation to learn more about the connection between asthmatic children and peanut sensitivity.”