Quality of Life Outcomes from Two New Surveys Highlight Emotional Impact of Peanut Allergy and Need for New Treatments
—New Data at ACAAI Reinforce the Need for Treatments to Reduce the Fear of Accidental Exposure to Peanut and Improve Emotional Well-Being for Adult Patients and Caregivers—
Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies, affecting more than 6 million people in the U.S. and
“While there is a fair amount of literature on the burden of food allergy and how it impacts patients, these data shed further light on the hardship faced among those impacted by peanut allergy, while underscoring the need for a treatment option beyond avoiding peanuts alone,” said
Survey Results Among Adult Patients
In a survey of 150 peanut allergic adults, the mean age of participants was 31.4 years and 64.1% were white. According to results, two-thirds of peanut allergic adults felt the fear of experiencing a reaction affected their emotional well-being “completely” (13.1%), “very much” (23.5%) or “somewhat” (30.1%), indicating a high degree of fear related to peanut allergy reactions.
“Living with a food allergy such as peanut allergy is associated with day-to-day concerns and challenges for many if not most adults, as well as their families, and negatively impacts their quality of life,” said
Survey Results Among Caregivers
Examining the peanut allergy-related concerns and health-related quality of life of caregivers and their children with peanut allergy from the perspective of the caregiver, a separate survey includes insights from approximately 400 caregivers of people with peanut allergy aged one to seventeen years old, with a mean age of 9 years. The outcomes showed that more than one-third felt “not at all” to “somewhat” in control of their child’s peanut allergy, and almost one-third reported they were “not at all” to “somewhat” confident in managing their child’s peanut allergy reactions.
Furthermore, the survey revealed that more than two-thirds of caregivers felt that the fear of their child experiencing a reaction to peanuts affected their own emotional well-being, and two-thirds also felt that their fear limited their own day-to-day activities. The majority of caregivers (70%) also reported that peanut allergy affected their child’s day-to-day life “somewhat” to “completely.”
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