Peanut allergy is a ‘type 1 hypersensitivity’ allergy reaction that is triggered by the consumption of peanuts, peanut oil and foods that contain peanuts. This allergy can result in a series of mild symptoms, in addition to severe health consequences in a small number of people, including the deadly condition ‘Anaphylaxis’.
The real cause of peanut allergy remains unidentified. Nevertheless, peanut allergy is widely believed to be an auto immune disorder –that is, an allergic reaction that is triggered by eating peanuts, resulting in the chemical ‘histamine’ releasing into the blood stream. This chemical adversely affects various body tissues like, skin, eyes, nose, intestinal tract, lungs and blood vessels.
The symptoms of peanut allergy will vary from person to person. Typically, mild symptoms include;
· Runny nose
· Itchy Skin Rashes
· Stomach Pains
Some people experience severe symptoms including a fatal condition known as ‘Anaphylaxis’. Anaphylactic shock is an allergic reaction in which the release of histamine causes swelling, difficulty in breathing, circulatory collapse. Signs of anaphylaxis range from; dizziness, low blood pressure, swelling of the lips, tongue and other body parts, and getting unconscious. If this condition does not receive appropriate treatment in time, death may occur.
Symptoms may be experienced as soon as a few minutes after consuming peanuts or foods with peanuts, to several hours later. Unfortunately, there is no confirmed treatment to prevent or cure allergic reactions to peanuts, as yet. Generally speaking, mild symptoms may be treated by using anti-histamines. However, if an anaphylactic shock occurs, epinephrine shots become necessary for treatment.
Always read the labels before purchasing any product to avoid peanuts and/or peanut oil.
· Don’t be shy: when dining out, ask the waiter to suggest foods that are free of peanuts and peanut oil to avoid an
· If your child has this allergy, inform his/her teacher, peers and family & friends.
· Adults and Older children must carry epinephrine shot’s and learn how to use them for emergencies.
· Keep antihistamines with you - it helps reduce mild symptoms of peanut butter allergy.
Conclusion It’s imperative to be aware of this allergy. Visit your doctor immediately if you think you experience any of the symptoms mentioned after consuming peanuts, peanut oil or peanut based foods.
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The foods you ate must change if you experience Anaphylaxis, because the condition is the most severe form of allergic reaction you can get from eating certain food.
Anaphylaxis is life threatening. It must be treated as a medical emergency, requiring immediate treatment and urgent medical attention.
Anaphylaxis is a generalised allergic reaction, which often involves more than one body system e.g. skin, respiratory, gastro-intestinal and cardiovascular. A severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis usually occurs within 20 minutes to 2 hours of exposure to the trigger and rapidly becomes life threatening. Anaphylaxis is not an intolerance to food, it is a life threatening allergy to anything that causes a reaction. So what should you avoid?
Milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy cause 90 percent of allergic reactions. Yet, any food can trigger anaphylaxis. It is important to understand that in some people even very small amounts of food can cause a life-threatening reaction. Some extremely sensitive individuals can react to just the smell of particular foods being cooked, fish for example, or even kissing someone who has eaten the food they are allergic to.
Bites and Stings
Bee, wasp and jack jumper ant stings are the most common triggers of insect sting anaphylaxis. Ticks, green ants and fire ants can also trigger anaphylaxis in susceptible individuals.
Medications, both over the counter and prescribed, can cause life threatening allergic reactions. Individuals can also have anaphylactic reactions to herbal or ‘alternative’ medicines.
Other triggers such as latex or exercise induced anaphylaxis are less common. Occasionally the trigger cannot be identified, despite extensive investigation.
Many people think they are allergic to a food when in fact they are intolerant. Unlike food allergies, intolerances do not involve the body’s immune system. Slower in onset and not life threatening, food intolerance symptoms include headaches, bloating, wind, nausea, mouth ulcers or hives.
Symptoms that occur several hours after a food is eaten are more often as a result of an intolerance or enzyme deficiency rather than a food allergy.
A food allergy is not:
The inability to digest a food;
An aversion to a food or disliking a food;
A reaction to a food additive.
The signs and symptoms of a food allergic reaction may occur almost immediately after eating or most often within 20 minutes to 2 hours after eating. Rapid onset and development of potentially life threatening symptoms are characteristic markers of anaphylaxis.
Allergic symptoms may initially appear mild or moderate but can progress very quickly. The most dangerous allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) involve the respiratory system (breathing) and/or cardiovascular system (heart and blood pressure).
Difficult and/or noisy breathing, swelling of the face, lips and eyes, swelling of the tongue, vomiting and abdominal pain, swelling or tightness in the throat, tingling of the mouth, difficulty talking and/or hoarse voice, wheeze or persistent cough, persistent dizziness or collapse in its place, pale and floppy (in young children).
Think you, or someone you know, may be at risk?
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