Undeniably, nut allergy is considered as one of the most common and dreadful allergy to suffer from. Its severe, negative reactions can result in a potentially fatal allergic reaction from simply inhaling peanut particles.
Recent research dictated by American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, have revealed that peanut allergy in children has increased 21 percent since 2010.
Global Warming has become a significant factor in causing the increase in food allergies and therefore, a major threat to human health. Along with the Global Warming issue, an additional factor in playing a role towards the increase in allergy is modernization.
Despite its many advantages of expanding our lifespan, antibiotics and development in hygiene, like all things do; it has inevitably come with a price, and a heavy one. Our bodies have fallen more vulnerable to bacterial infections and immune system dysfunctions like allergies.
Allergy can be a product of many possibilities, however, there is now compelling evidence confirming, changes in climate impose additional strains on those with a nut allergy. There are data demonstrating that aeroallergen exposure is capable of triggering eosinophilic inflammation either because of the swallowed fraction or because of ingestion of foods cross‐reacting with pollen allergens, all provoked by the climate change. Diagnosing food allergy is not always simple, but it is imperative to make a proper diagnosis is very important.
Left unchecked, rising carbon dioxide levels and further warming pose serious risks for allergy sufferers.
A major concern associated with the rise of this particular allergy is – Are there efficient procedures being exercised to prevent any catastrophes resulted from nut allergies.
The recent incident regarding the English singer Dua Lipa, who took to Twitter to publicly condemned the United Airlines for refusing to stop serving due to her sister’s allergy, has brought to light how airlines are still failing to incorporate a fixed policy on how airlines should deal with passengers suffering from allergies despite the increasing prevalence of the condition.
In response to several similar occurrences last year in which a lack health surveillance, particularly on victims of allergens and allergic diseases, Allergy UK operated a survey stating what has become clear is the lack of consistency. They state, “We believe there would be major challenges in enforcing a nut ban effectively.”
“Our aim is that airlines educate both crews and passengers about the challenges passengers with allergies face when they fly. We are keen to help them develop more clear and consistent procedures, including training crew to administer emergency adrenaline.”
According to Travel Sorts, Delta Airlines currently leads as the best airline for peanut and nut allergies. The airline refrains from serving peanuts and peanut products on-board your flight after being notified of your allergy. They will also advise catering to board additional non-peanut snacks, which will allow cabin crew to serve these snacks to passengers. Moreover, Gate agents will be notified in case you’d like to pre-board and cleanse the immediate seating area.