Nut allergies should be considered a disability, researchers say

Nut allergy should be considered a form of disability, rather than a long-term condition, because of the way it affects families' lives, researchers have suggested.

Nut allergy can have an impact on the lives of parents and children
Nut allergy can have an impact on the lives of parents and children

Dr Mary Dixon-Woods and colleagues from London School of Economics interviewed 35 parents of children with nut allergies patients and 12 children with nut allergies.

The researchers found that diagnosis of a nut allergy created challenges for parents and children.

‘The advice given by the allergy clinic to avoid nuts had a huge impact on families’ lives,’ they said. ‘The diagnosis had both practical consequences and social consequences.’

Parents and children experienced negative attitudes from within and outside the immediate family, compounded by poor labelling and control of food products, the researchers found.

Dr Mary Dixon-Woods and colleagues said: ‘Families suggested that the failure to address the needs of people with nut allergy amounted to a form of social exclusion or discrimination, particularly when their needs are compared with those of vegetarians or others with food restrictions.’

They added: ‘In many ways, then, nut allergy is more properly considered a form of disability rather than a chronic illness, though parents and children do report some of the features of a chronic illness as aspects of their experience.’

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

No plans to impose face-to-face GP appointment targets, Hancock tells BMA

No plans to impose face-to-face GP appointment targets, Hancock tells BMA

The government has no plans to impose face-to-face appointments targets on general...

Coronavirus: Key guidance GPs need to know about COVID-19

Coronavirus: Key guidance GPs need to know about COVID-19

GPonline provides an overview of the key guidance relating to coronavirus, including...

COVID-19 variants could force UK to revaccinate over next 2-3 years warns CMO

COVID-19 variants could force UK to revaccinate over next 2-3 years warns CMO

The UK's chief medical adviser has warned that new coronavirus variants may force...

BMA condemns 'fundamentally flawed' £20m weight management enhanced service

BMA condemns 'fundamentally flawed' £20m weight management enhanced service

The BMA has condemned a £20m weight management enhanced service as 'fundamentally...

GP contract update delivers extra PCN cash and £50m for new enhanced services

GP contract update delivers extra PCN cash and £50m for new enhanced services

An update to the GP contract agreement for 2021/22 has set out details of enhanced...

CQC rejects call for independent review to look at BAME bias in ratings

CQC rejects call for independent review to look at BAME bias in ratings

The CQC has rejected calls for an independent review of its ratings process to look...