July 6th, 2015 | Leave a comment by   in Children's Health, Skin Disorders

A Link Between Asthma and Peanut Allergies?

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Parents of children with asthma can feel helpless when they watch their child gasp for air, unable to supply his or her body with the oxygen it needs. It’s heartbreaking at best and downright scary at worst. This scenario often means an immediate trip to the doctor, urgent care center or hospital Emergency Room for treatment with a nebulizer or inhaler and discussions about whether this reaction was caused by asthma. “Asthma is the result of muscles in the airways constricting and the release of mucous to protect the lungs from something the body sees as dangerous,” said Viviana Sirven, M.D., an allergist affiliated with West Kendall Baptist Hospital. For many asthma sufferers, those muscles react to allergens, such as mold, dust mites and pollen. Yet new research by a Dayton Children’s Hospital pulmonologist is prompting discussion about whether food allergies, especially to peanuts, may play a role in asthma. Researchers looked at 1,517 children’s charts...

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