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Peanut Allergy Causes Death of a College Freshman

by Savitha C Muppala on March 18, 2013 at 12:14 AM
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 Peanut Allergy Causes Death of a College Freshman

A nineteen year old college freshman, Cameron Groezinger-Fitzpatrick, was the victim of a bad nut allergy after consuming a cookie that had peanut oil.

He was first diagnosed with this allergy when he was just 8 years old. Ever since he was extremely careful about what he ate.

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Then, when he and his friend went out driving one day, he consumed half a cookie after it was certified safe by his friend.

Within half hour of consuming the cookie, he had trouble breathing, he turned blue and his mother could not locate a fresh Epi-Pen -- an epinephrine autoinjector. She had one in her cupboard but it had expired two months earlier.
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Cameron Groezinger-Fitzpatrick could not survive and he died. All efforts of doctors to revive him failed and the boy breathed his last.

Peanuts are the most common allergy causing foods and they often are found in food items that we may overlook.

Though technically peanut is not actually a "nut" but a legume, still people allergic to peanuts can exhibit similar allergic reactions to other tree nuts such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, and cashews. The proteins found in the peanuts are similar in structure to those found in other tree nuts.



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