6 FactsYou must Know About Peanut Allergy

Date:20-02-2014 16:40:04 read:2

Peanut allergy is an allergic reaction of the body and the immune system to peanuts and any food that has peanuts in them. Unlike other nuts like almond, pistachio that grows on trees, peanut grows underground and is a legume and hence it is safer to eat the other nuts. Peanut allergy can be mild or severe, based on the person. However severe peanut allergy can cause anaphylaxis that can even cause death as it causes swelling on the tongue, throat and affected tissues. People with severe peanut allergy are always advised to carry epinephrine with them. Here are some facts you must know about peanut allergy.

1. Read the food label carefully before you buy a product

Although the FDA mandates that all food products with peanut in them should advertise it, the ingredients can change, so it is up to you constantly check the labels of the food item you eat.

2. A younger sibling of someone with peanut allergy has more chances of being allergic too

If you have a younger sibling and you are allergic to peanuts, it is advisable for your younger sibling also to get tested as the chances of them getting it are more.

3. Although peanuts are legume and tree nuts are different, some people allergic to peanuts are also allergic to tree nuts

This may happen because the nuts come in contact during manufacturing or serving. Doctors always advise patients to stay away from nuts in case you have a peanut allergy.

4. You need to contact a doctor immediately if you have severe symptoms after coming into contact with a peanut.

The allergy is worse when you normally eat a peanut or eat foods with peanuts in them, but sometimes contact with peanuts can also trigger an allergic reaction. Not mere touch, but when you touch a peanut product and rub your eye against your mouth or your eye, the allergies may start. Always contact a doctor immediately and carry an EpiPen around if your allergies are serious in nature.

5. Peanut allergies can be lifelong

But studies also show that some kids, almost 20% of kids with peanut allergies at an early stage grow out of it eventually. But it is always best to get tested before you go and eat peanuts.

6. There are some things you need to know about peanuts and other food products if you have an allergy.

They are, sunflower seeds are often produced on the same equipment as peanuts. Some alternative nut butters, such as soy nut butter or sunflower seed butter, are produced on equipment shared with other tree nuts and, in some cases, peanuts. Always get in touch with the manufacturer before eating these foods. Peanut hulls can sometimes be found in compost, which sometimes is added as top-dressing on lawns. Before you hire a contractor, inquire about the use of peanut hulls in compost so you can be safe and not get allergies.

7. Certain cuisine should be eaten with care as they may contain peanut or peanut oil

Even if they do not add it, you can never be sure if some of the foods served have come into contact with peanuts.

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