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  • Published on:
    Severe food allergy in childhood

    Dear Editor

    We thank Colver, MacDougall and Cant for their response to our paper.[1] The message underpinning our paper was that severe allergic reactions to foods are not as uncommon as MacDougall et al. suggested.[2] However, we are not comparing like with like and the problem lies in the definition of a severe food reaction. MacDougall et al. only identified the extreme end of the clinical s...

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    None declared.
  • Published on:
    Co-existence of asthma and mild food allergy a strong indication for epinephrine autoinjector
    • Onajite M Oyaide, Clinical Fellow, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
    • Other Contributors:
      • Fiona Reynolds, Consultant Paediatric Intensivist, Birmingham Children's Hospital

    Dear Editor

    Following two recent articles on food allergy in childhood by Macdougall et al,[1] Clark and Ewan,[2] we report a case of near fatal food allergic reaction in a child with a history of asthma and mild food allergy.

    This 14-year-old girl with life-long asthma also had a history of angioedema associated with ingestion of eggs and fish. She experienced sudden severe breathing difficulties a...

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    Food allergy in childhood
    • Allan F Colver, Senior Lecturer Community Child health
    • Other Contributors:
      • Colin Macdougall, Andrew Cant

    Dear Editor

    We were surprised by some of the content of Clark and Ewan’s paper [1] and their interpretation of our data.[2]

    As death certification of allergy deaths is problematic, we collected reports through the prospective BPSU mechanism and other sources as listed in our article. No additional deaths in the study period have been brought to our attention since publication. Our finding of no deaths due t...

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    None declared.