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The number of people who suffer severe systemic allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) has increased during the past two decades. Peanut allergy affects one in 70 children (Venter et al 2010) and a growing number of people experience severe reactions to other foods and substances including tree nuts (e.g. almonds, Brazils, walnuts), sesame seeds, milk, egg, fish, fresh fruit, latex and insect stings.
The following information has been compiled with the help of medical professionals working in the field of allergy and overseen by Dr Mark Levy FRCGP, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Allergy and Respiratory Research Group, Centre for Population Health Sciences, GP Section, University of Edinburgh.
To read guidelines on the diagnosis and management of specific allergic conditions (e.g. venom allergy, drug allergy, latex allergy) visit the BSACI's website.
Ewan PW and Clark AT, 2005. Efficacy of a management plan based on severity assessment in longitudinal and case-controlled studies of 747 children with nut allergy: proposal for good practice. Clin Exp Allergy 2005; 35:751-756.
Lavorini F, Levy ML, Corrigan C, Crompton G, on behalf of the ADMIT Working Group. (2010). The ADMIT series - Issues in Inhalation Therapy. 6) Training tools for inhalation devices. Prim Care Respir J 2010;19(4):335-341. DOI:
Venter C, Hasan Arshad S, Grundy J, Pereira B, Bernie Clayton C, Voigt K, Higgins B, Dean T (2010). Time trends in the prevalence of peanut allergy: three cohorts of children from the same geographical location in the UK. Allergy; 65(1):103-8.