• Peanut Allergy - What You Need To Know 
       The Peanut Problem 
       Peanuts, a cheap source of dietary protein predominantly ingested as peanut butter, have indeed become one of the world's most allergenic foods. They are, unfortunately, progressively finding their way into more and more food products either directly, or by indirect contamination of food products during the manufacturing process. Peanut may be designated on a food label in a less easily recognized term such as "hydrolysed vegetable protein" or "groundnuts". It is important to realize that for the sensitive person, this is a lifelong allergy, and that even trace amounts can kill.

    The Allergic (Anaphylactic) Shock Reaction 
     This reaction can begin and proceed rapidly, occasionally proving fatal within minutes. It must be treated with epinephrine immediately at the first signs of reaction, and the reaction may recur after initial therapy so that ongoing observation and care are required. Possible symptoms of reaction to peanuts may include (not necessarily in this order): 

      • sense of foreboding, fear, or apprehension
      • flushed face, hives, swollen or itchy lips, mouth, eyes, or tongue
      • tightness in mouth, chest or throat
      • difficulty breathing or swallowing, drooling, wheezing, choking, coughing
      • running nose, voice change
      • vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, stomach pains
      • dizziness, unsteadiness, sudden fatigue, rapid heartbeat, chills
      • pallor, loss of consciousness, coma, death


      • Carry and know how to use in-date epinephrine (Epi-Pen®, Ana-Kit ®) at all times.
      • Use epinephrine immediately for a peanut reaction
      • Have a second epinephrine dose available if necessary.
      • Send to a nearby hospital quickly after epinephrine use.

    Lifestyle Adjustments 

    • The sensitive individuals must recognize that they are different and know they can die of a reaction.
    • Some individuals also must avoid other foods in the legume family e.g. soya bean, pea, and garbanzo (chickpea) if allergy to these has been previously demonstrated.
    • Education of friends, relatives and acquaintances is essential.
    •  New Egypt High School has a peanut/nut free table in the cafeteria and no peanuts/nuts in the classrooms.