Peanut Allergy

by Carol Gomes

Peanut allergy is a reaction to protein reaction in peanuts. Peanut allergy might range from simple rashes to life threatening conditions. There are several reactions to peanuts, these range from itching, redness, wheezing, nausea, lightheadedness, hives might develop in places where peanuts have come in direct contact.

Peanut allergy symptoms can start within some minutes of consuming peanuts in some form or the other, these allergic reactions also might be triggered after some hours of peanut consumptions. Severity of peanut allergy depends on the quantity of peanut protein that you have been exposed to and the reactions that have resulted from it.

Most dangerous reaction of the peanut allergy is the anaphylactic reaction, this reaction can also be life threatening. Symptoms can include, drop or rise in levels of blood pressure, constriction of airways, feeling of dizziness or losing consciousness. Some other reactions include blueness of skin, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, wheezing, etc.

There are several reasons how allergic reactions to peanuts might be triggered, these can be due to being in direct contact with peanuts, either while eating these or being in contact with someone who has been in direct contact with peanuts. Trigger to allergic reactions can also be due to exposure to peanuts through some food indirectly. Some people might also trigger allergic reaction to peanuts if they inhale peanut dust or peanut oil fumes, etc.

Most simple way to avoid peanut allergy is to avoid peanuts all together. However, peanuts might find one way or the other into your system. Therefore it is extremely important to identify the foods which contain or are likely to contain peanuts or peanut traces.

You can also people help out those who have peanut allergy, it is better to notify all those around the person that the person has peanut allergy. This way peanut consumption can be avoided, or else in case of an allergic reaction for accidental consumption of peanuts first aid can be managed within seconds.

In case your child suffers from peanut allergy, it is necessary that you notify school authorities and the teacher regarding the allergy, also child should be instructed properly regarding which foods to consume and which to avoid. Teaching your child about the allergy will help a long way in avoiding certain foods. And thus avoid any trigger that might contain peanuts or peanut traces.

In case of a severe reaction you might be given epinephrine injection (adrenalin), adults can carry this injection with them if they are prone to severe allergic reactions to peanuts.

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