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Table 2 Questions proposed to participants

From: What do school personnel know, think and feel about food allergies?

Questions assessing knowledge, thoughts and feelings about food allergy and anaphylaxis
Did you ever receive information about food allergy and anaphylaxis? □ yes □ no
If so from which source? *
□ First aid courses □ Health related training □ Mass media □ Web □ Other
1 How many patients suffer from food allergies in childhood?
□ 1%
□ 20-50%
□ 4-7%
□ 15%
2 What foods most likely cause food allergy?
□ Tomato, strawberries, chocolate
□ Milk, egg, fish, nuts, wheat
□ Legumes, rice, potatoes
□ Apple, spinach, carrot
3 What are the most frequent symptoms of food allergy?
□ Urticaria, stomachache, wheezing
□ Headache, fever, tremors
□ Constipation, headache, nausea
□ Conjunctivitis, tonsillitis
4 What are the most frequent symptoms of anaphylaxis?
□ Asthma, dermatitis
□ Conjunctivitis, rhinitis, headache
□ Urticaria, itch, stomachache, wheezing, throat tightness, collapse
□ Tonsillitis, cough, temperature
5 Which is the best medication for anaphylaxis?
□ Orally antihistamine
□ Cortisone
□ Intramuscular adrenaline
□ Intramuscular antihistamine
6 Are there any contraindications for using adrenaline in children in case of anaphylaxis?
□ Diabetes
□ Children under 3 years of age
□ Drug hypersensitivity
□ No contraindications
7 How can you assure food preparation is “safe” from allergens?
□ Washing hands before cooking
□ It is not possible
□ Avoiding all possible cross-contaminations in the whole meal production
□ Washing kitchen stuff before cooking
8 How can you assure if packaged food is “safe” from a specified allergen?
□ Reading labels
□ Tasting the food
□ It is not possible
□ Asking to someone
9 What does dietary exclusion consist of?
□ Consuming only foods free from allergens
□ Consuming only foods free from additives or preservatives
□ Consuming only fresh food
□ Consuming only home-made food
10 What are the possible risks of dietary exclusion?
□ Stomachache
□ No risks
□ Undernourishment, social limitations
□ Skin diseases
In your opinion, food allergic students*
□ Could have relationship difficulties because of their health conditions
□ Could have academic difficulties because of their health conditions
□ Could have emotional difficulties because of their health conditions
□ Don’t have any social, academic or emotional difficulties because of their health conditions
Do you think that food allergy and anaphylaxis could be managed at school by school personnel?
□ Yes □ No
Do you think that the management of food allergy and anaphylaxis at school is a task of the school personnel?
□ Yes □ No
In your opinion, what could be useful to manage food allergic students?**
What do you think could be useful to support food allergic students?**
In your opinion, what are the main difficulties in managing food allergy and anaphylaxis at school?**
What emotions do you mainly feel about managing food allergy at school?*
□ Anxiety
□ Concern
□ Fear
□ Helplessness
□ Other
  1. *more than one choice is possible.
  2. **open question.