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The biggest concern people have about allergies is whether dangerous food allergies can cause serious harm. This is particularly true for parents who fear that if their child has an allergy to eggs or peanuts they will die if they consume them.
Allergy Specialist, Dr Peter Saul, puts these fears at ease: "The risk of dying in any given year is about 1 in 800,000 from nut allergy. This is the same likelihood of being run over by a railway train. You do hear occasionally of children being killed on railway lines but most parents do not wake up in the morning worrying about this happening to their child. It is the same message I give to parents - it's there but you shouldn't lose any sleep over it."
Dr Peter Saul MB ChB DRCOG DCH MRCGP
10023 Published May 2009
Revised November 2012
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