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Nut allergy and acute anaphylaxis management

Anaphylaxis is an immunologically mediated, potentially life-threatening syndrome. It occurs when a hypersensitive reaction to a usually innocuous antigen causes an exaggerated response. A common and increasingly prevalent allergen is found in nuts. The current incidence of allergic reactions to nuts is approximately one in 80 (Tariq et al, 1996) and is increasing, particularly among children (Armstrong and Rylance, 1999).

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