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How do you deal with airborne reactions in general?

Are there certain measures or products you're currently using to help reduce airborne allergic reactions to peanut dust in enclosed space (such as airplanes, cars, schools, etc.)?

If so, what can be improved about the product you're currently using/what does it lack?

If not, what is an innovation that would be of value to you in a situation like this?

The reason I'm asking these questions is because I'm a student who also has a peanut allergy working on a solution to help alleviate airborne peanut reactions. I think I've found a solid solution, but I want to make sure that it's not overlapping anything else that currently exists, and at the same time trying to improve its functionality. Thanks in advance for all of your help!

By PeanutAllergy.com on Sun, 05-01-16, 06:01

Question of the Week: Answered!

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Our Answer:

Thank you for reaching out to us with your question. Airborne allergic reactions have been a subject of study in the allergy community for some time now, and the results have been a mixed bag.

Some argue that what is called an airborne reaction is actually a contact reaction. As recently as six months ago, scientists at Kings College in London stated that the risk of airborne allergic reactions was basically nonexistent (you can read more about their findings here. But many people have experienced reactions to peanut dust and particles in the air, and as their accounts show, it is a very scary scenario. No matter what you call it or what causes it, any allergic reaction is one you want to be prepared for.

We understand how terrifying an allergic reaction can be, and we also understand that peanut contamination seems to be inescapable (we learned more about the risk of trace amounts of peanuts in this study). Thankfully, technology might soon provide those of us with allergies with safety and peace of mind; engineers are working on a variety of life-saving tech, from necklaces that test for allergens in your food to contact lenses that "can sense any number of biological, chemical and/or microbiological features in an environment including...levels of allergens." It seems that leaps in tech advancements will be saving mankind again, and soon.

We hope this information was helpful. Take care!

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