That raises a dilemma in public areas – and the people prone to these attacks will be the ones most able to tell the story.
Micah Osborne, a student at the local campus of Nova Scotia Community College, told The News this week about a recent narrow brush. A young man with a potentially fatal allergy to peanuts, Osborne had to be rushed to hospital last week after a severe reaction set in during classroom time.
He wonders why a strict peanut-free policy isn’t in place in the school.
Anyone who sends a child to one of the local elementary or high schools will be familiar with the drill. In many schools there are children faced with the same life-or-death dilemma and a peanut- or nut-free policy is in place.
But a solution isn’t easy. At the NSCC, explains Audrey Arsenault, one of the school’s officials, a ban isn’t in place because it would be difficult to enforce.
That’s not the answer someone with such an allergy wants to hear, but it’s easy to understand the problems of enforceability. Many people come and go each day in an institution of such size.
Enforcing might well be impractical. But in general, the public needs to get the message that this is relatively common: chances are someone frequenting a large, public building will have a deadly peanut allergy.
It’s a lesson usually learned in grade school, and one that might as well be carried later in life.
It’s become par for the course nowadays, for instance, to know not to wear perfume or hair spray or other artificially scented product in a hospital because of sensitivities people suffer. Most should know that certain food items are common culprits in the phenomenon of severe food allergies. Common sense would tell them to consume such foods at home only, and not to take them as snacks in public places.