Posted by Vicky on | November 10, 2011 | No Comments
Many Singaporeans think peanut allergy is an ‘angmo’ affliction; strictly a Caucasian condition. Research done by Chiang Wen Chin, an allergy specialist at the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), reveals otherwise.
Peanut allergies are on the rise in Singapore, just like elsewhere in the world. Nearly one-third of Singaporean children who have allergies tested positive on a separate skin-prick test for peanuts, according to a study published by Dr Chiang in 2007.
That makes peanuts the third-most common food allergy here, after eggs and shellfish. What’s more, Asian children with peanut allergies may have reactions that are potentially as severe as their Western counterparts, another study published by Dr Chiang in 2010 found.
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