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.
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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