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Keeping Schools Peanut and Tree Nut Free

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology allergies to peanuts tripled between 1997 and 2008. Due to the sharp increase in allergies to peanuts, awareness has also increased in hopes of curbing exposure to peanuts in public areas like schools and airplanes.

Along with peanuts, tree nuts are one of the food allergens most often linked to anaphylaxis.  Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction. In anaphylaxis the throat and airways swell and become blocked, making it difficult to breathe. These types of allergic reactions can be life-threatening. When exposed, the reaction can occur within minutes, or even within a few seconds.

Many people with severe allergies, like a peanut or tree nut allergy, carry epinephrine to reverse the effects of anaphylaxis. Even with epinephrine, individuals that have a severe allergic reaction must immediately go to the hospital.

Common symptoms of an allergic reaction include:

  • Itchy skin or hives
  • Itching or tingling sensation in or around the mouth or throat
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • A runny or congested nose
  • Difficulty breathing

To help keep schools nut free, we recommend displaying signage to remind staff, students and parents not to bring peanuts or tree nuts into the area. Click here to shop nut free zone posters. Or, click here to shop peanut free zone posters.

You can also click here to shop all epinephrine related items. Please note that MacGill sells epinephrine but it is not available for purchase on our website. To inquire about epinephrine and its current pricing, please contact us.

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