Study: Teens Taking Chances With Food Allergies

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Another take on a previously released story...
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Aug 9, 2006 7:59 am US/Central

Study: Teens Taking Chances With Food Allergies
(CWK Network) Across the country, 200 people die every year from allergic reactions to food. Yet according to research from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, more than half of teens with severe food allergies take risks that could have deadly results.

Sarah Deringer, 19, is allergic to nuts, seafood and vegetable oil.

If she eats even a trace of those foods, she could get very sick.

"If I have really high exposure to it," said Deringer, "I'll tense up like my lungs will get really tight, and my throat will get really tight, like I'm about to have an asthma attack."

"There have been times when, literally from head to toe, Sarah has been covered with eczema, and almost a blistering type of eczema," says Deringer's mother Lorrie.

At school, in restaurants or even on dates, Deringer must follow strict rules.

"Well my ex-boyfriend, when we were dating," said Deringer, "whenever he had shrimp or anything like that, I'd be like, 'Well, you know you can't kiss me for the rest of the evening because you've had that.'"

New research shows that teens with food allergies often gamble with their lives.

In the study, 54 percent of teens ate food without checking the ingredients.

"It's hard, especially because we don't like having to think about things ahead of time," said Deringer, "and having to prepare food. It is really easy to just go to McDonald's and pick up a French fry when you are hungry."

Around 40 percent of the teens surveyed did not always carry the medical injections that could save their lives during an emergency.

"Teenagers are into convenience," said pediatric allergist Dr. Jon Stahlman, "and it's not always convenient to follow the rules. Sometimes it's not convenient to carry your self-injectable epinephrine or rescue device if you were to have a reaction."

Experts said it helps to educate friends about the allergy.

"Having your friends as part of your team is like having an extra set of eyes," said Stahlman, "an extra set of hands, somebody to help you when you are going out to eat to read labels."

"Some people I know will kind of pop me on the hand if I order something I shouldn't be eating," said Deringer. "They'll eat it for me, gladly."

(CWK Network)

Posted on: Thu, 08/10/2006 - 2:51am
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Quote:Originally posted by 2BusyBoys:
[b]Sarah Deringer, 19, is allergic to nuts, seafood and vegetable oil.
[/b]
Dear lord, I wish these writers would start actually paying attention to facts.
You can't be JUST flat out allergic to vegetable oil, because it's a different mix of oil every time! It's not one single vegetable they're using every time. You're allergic to soybean oil, canola oil, peanut oil, corn oil etc. BUT then you should also be allergic to soy, whatever is in canola, peanuts, or corn! KWIM?
I'm pretty sure this girl probably said something like she has to watch vegetable oil because it may have peanut oil in it, and the writer took it as she's allergic to all vegetable oil. I wish they'd assign stories like this to writers who actually care about the subject and getting the info right.
[This message has been edited by starlight (edited August 10, 2006).]

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2007 - 8:08am
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Hey all, This was actually an interview of me and my life from last summer, and yes, i did say that iw as allergic to soybean oil. I think the reason they cut this short was because i actually have 5 different food allergies and they wanted to simplify my case. It is important to be aware of what exactly you are allergic to and i do this this video was more of a scare tactic than anything else. However, it does get across the point that people with food allergies need to be rigorous in their eating habits, I know i do [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2007 - 10:12am
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That makes much more sense! Thanks for clearing that up. And welcome to the forum [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 08/10/2006 - 2:51am
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Quote:Originally posted by 2BusyBoys:
[b]Sarah Deringer, 19, is allergic to nuts, seafood and vegetable oil.
[/b]
Dear lord, I wish these writers would start actually paying attention to facts.
You can't be JUST flat out allergic to vegetable oil, because it's a different mix of oil every time! It's not one single vegetable they're using every time. You're allergic to soybean oil, canola oil, peanut oil, corn oil etc. BUT then you should also be allergic to soy, whatever is in canola, peanuts, or corn! KWIM?
I'm pretty sure this girl probably said something like she has to watch vegetable oil because it may have peanut oil in it, and the writer took it as she's allergic to all vegetable oil. I wish they'd assign stories like this to writers who actually care about the subject and getting the info right.
[This message has been edited by starlight (edited August 10, 2006).]

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Hey all, This was actually an interview of me and my life from last summer, and yes, i did say that iw as allergic to soybean oil. I think the reason they cut this short was because i actually have 5 different food allergies and they wanted to simplify my case. It is important to be aware of what exactly you are allergic to and i do this this video was more of a scare tactic than anything else. However, it does get across the point that people with food allergies need to be rigorous in their eating habits, I know i do [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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That makes much more sense! Thanks for clearing that up. And welcome to the forum [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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