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  • 11/13/2010

Peanuts cause allergy during pregnancy


Children of mothers who consume peanuts during pregnancy show a higher sensitivity to peanuts after delivery, a new study has found.

The study, published in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, suggests the more a mother eats peanuts during her third trimester, the higher the risk for the baby to show sensitivity to peanuts.

"Our study looked at sensitization, not peanut allergy…It is going to be a few years before we know whether these children really do develop true peanut allergies," Study member Scott H. Sicherer, of New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine told WebMD.

According to the statistics, about one in 100 children develop peanut allergies. The occurrence of the allergies has grown over the last decade.

None of the children studied were diagnosed with peanut allergies but blood tests revealed many had a strong sensitivity to peanuts.

"We simply don’t have enough information to tell women they should or should not eat peanuts during pregnancy," Sicherer said.

Baltimore pediatrician Elizabeth Matsui, MD, told WebMD that it may even be that a number of at-risk children may benefit from early exposure while it may increase peanut allergy risk in others.

She further explained that the interaction between genetic and environmental factors can determine susceptibility to allergies and other conditions.

Source: presstv.ir

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