Peanut allergies, can affect anyone of any age, but it is predominantly found in children. In some cases children can outgrow this allergy but this does not always occur. Peanut allergies can range from a simple irritation to life-threatening reactions (anaphylaxis) resulting in death.
An allergic reaction can be triggered just by touching a peanut or even a tool or device that was used to handle peanuts.
What exactly is a peanut allergy?
A peanut allergy occurs when your body’s immune system mistakenly identifies peanut proteins as a harmful invading substance. When you come in contact with peanut material whether by direct contact or indirect your body’s immune response is to release symptom causing chemicals into your bloodstream.
Coming in direct contact with peanuts and foods containing peanuts by skin contact or ingesting them is the primary cause of an allergic reaction..
Inhalation is also another way of obtaining a allergic reaction to peanuts. This happens when you breath in dust particles of peanuts, aerosols containing peanuts ( cooling oil peanut spray ) or finely ground products containing peanuts such as peanut flour.
Many people have peanut intolerances. An intolerance occurs when someone can eat a portion of peanuts or related substance and have mild symptoms such as heartburn. People who have a true peanut allergies come into contact with any form of peanut substance and almost immediately have some type of severe reaction. You should always be careful even if you find yourself experiencing some type of reaction to any type of peanut substance.
What are the symptoms of peanut allergies?
People who have a peanut allergy will usually experience symptoms within minutes of exposure.
These are a few of the symptoms that you may develop after coming into contact with any peanut substances or material.
- Skin reactions such as hives, redness, swelling
- Itching and tingling in and around the mouth and throat
- Chest tightening
- Shortest off breath, wheezing
- Stomach and digestive problems including: diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea or vomiting
- Runny or Stuffy Nose
The most severe allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis. If you or your children have any of the symptoms of anaphylaxis you have a medical emergency on your hands. Call an ambulance or go to a hospital immediately. These symptoms are:
- You can’t breath, airways constricted
- Your throat swells up
- A high drop in blood pressure leading to shock
- Fast heartbeat/pulse
- Lightheartedness, dizziness and loss of consciousness
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