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Nut and Peanut Allergy



Nut and Peanut Allergy
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.28

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     challenging words:    allergist, anaphylaxis, dietician, epinephrine, histamine, pesto, Rooney, veggie, allergy, punishment, mast, warning, fellow, runny, however, bars
     content words:    Ruby Red Elementary School


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Nut and Peanut Allergy
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Tony was a new student at Ruby Red Elementary School. He was welcomed by the fellow students in his class. At lunch, the teacher led him to the cafeteria with the rest of his class.
 
2     Tony went to sit down with Fred, his new friend. "What do you have for lunch?" his teacher asked.
 
3     "I have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich," Tony answered.
 
4     "Sounds good," his teacher said. "However, you can't sit with Fred." Tony looked sad.
 
5     "It's not a punishment, Tony," his teacher said. "Don't look so sad. It is to make sure he is your friend for a long, long time. He's allergic to peanuts. To keep him safe, he sits at a table where he can't even smell something made of peanuts - like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich."
 
6     "He looks normal," Tony said.
 
7     "Of course, Tony," his teacher said. "He is normal and a great friend, I might add. His body reacts as if peanuts are dangerous. It fights them like it would an infection. What happens is his body causes mast cells to release histamine. This makes him have an allergic reaction."
 
8     "What is an allergic reaction?" Tony asked.
 
9     "It could be mild or severe. It happens right away or much later, after eating. Fred might get a runny nose, hives, tightness in his throat, wheezing, or stomach pain. A more severe reaction would be called anaphylaxis. That would cause all kinds of things at once like his tongue swelling, a drop in his blood pressure, and the narrowing of his breathing tube," his teacher, Ms. Rooney, answered.
 
10     "What would he do then?" Tony asked.

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