What You Should Know About Nut Allergies

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By Hot Health October 25, 2017 09:12

What You Should Know About Nut Allergies

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What You Should Know About Nut Allergies

Allergies to nuts are not uncommon. Affecting both children and adults, peanut and tree nut allergies are among the most common food allergies in the world. And as most of us are aware, these allergies can prove to be quite dangerous especially if tended to correctly. For this, it always comes in handy to be aware of the various symptoms, tests, and solutions of nut allergies.

Symptoms of Nut Allergies

The immune system of a person allergic to nuts views nuts just as any other harmful substance and therefore releases chemicals to protect the body from this ‘threat’. One of the chemicals produced to tackle the attack of nuts on the body is histamine which causes symptoms such as sneezing, sore throat, running nose, hives, and rashes. Some serious symptoms include vomiting and difficulty in breathing—which, in extreme cases can turn to asphyxiation.

Tests for Nut Allergies

Since the reactions of nut allergies can prove to be fatal in the most severe cases, it is imperative to get yourself tested for nut allergies even you have a tiniest bit of suspicion. Mostly nut allergies take the form of peanut allergy or tree nut allergy. Peanuts are not actually nuts but legumes and that is why it is not obvious that you will allergic to tree nuts automatically if you’re allergic to peanuts.

An allergist testing the body for allergies will place few allergens on the skin and prick or scratch where each sample is placed. If the skin sees the appearance of red, raised spots, the person probably has an allergy. But this cannot be relied upon as a fool-proof test and therefore doctors conduct more concrete tests for food allergies.

How to live with Nut Allergies

Once the type and severity of your nut allergies have been determined, the allergist can give you a list of steps you can follow to avoid reactions. The most obvious thing would be to avoid eating nuts which means you won’t be able to eat the food that contains nuts also. And this isn’t always easy because even though some foods don’t contain nuts as an ingredient per se, they may have traces of them which prove to be just as harmful for a person with nut allergy. For this, food manufacturers in the United States are compulsorily required to label on the package of the food if the food item contains nuts or is prepared in the same facility as other nut products.

So, the caution that people with nut allergies can take includes checking the labels of the food items along with the ingredient list. Also, make your allergy vocal so that anyone who prepares food for you takes care.

And of course, the most basic thing to do is to get in touch with your allergist and ask him/her as many questions as you can about your allergy. Make sure to always, always check the ingredient lists and stay healthy!

 

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By Hot Health October 25, 2017 09:12
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