Nut Allergies

Recognizing and Dealing With Nut Allergies

Recognizing and Dealing With Nut Allergies

Protect your children, your family and your lives by reading this important book. Recognizing And Dealing With Nut Allergies There are dozens of different nut allergies that exist and each allergy requires different methods to treat it. Don't assume that your doctors will tell you if there's something wrong, you need to learn for yourself what the warning signs are, what the symptoms are and how to treat the allergy if in fact you or someone in your family has it.

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Reactions and symptoms

Many allergic reactions occur within a few minutes of exposure to the food in question. Reactions include itchy rashes that look a bit like nettle rash and swelling of lips, tongue, face, and throat, which can be dangerous if they block the airway. Abdominal cramps, nausea, and vomiting may occur. The most serious reactions, known as anaphylaxis, are much rarer and are most frequently found in peanut and nut allergy sufferers. They have symptoms that are widespread within the body and occur frighteningly fast.

Tree nuts and peanuts

Here are some points to bear in mind when catering for nut and peanut allergies Skin contact with nuts or peanuts may cause rashes and swelling of the lips if someone has a severe nut allergy. Handling the nuts may transfer the allergen to inside the mouth. Even airborne proteins may cause a reaction.

Cross reactions

Cross reactivity means that being allergic to one food can make you more likely to be allergic to another one. Suprisingly, these are not always foods that are closely related. Peanuts, for example, are part of the legume family, which includes black-eyed peas, kidney and lima beans, and soybeans, yet most people who have a peanut allergy are fine with all of these other legumes, but do have a problem with tree nuts. The standard advice is if you are allergic to nuts or peanuts, avoid both. Cross reactivity between nuts and seeds is less common for example, most people who have to avoid nuts can eat sesame seeds (although about 15 per cent cannot). Pine nuts are seeds and tolerated by many people with nut allergies. Similarly cross reactivity between animal products is unusual people who are allergic to eggs can usually eat chicken - so roasts and stews are unlikely to be out of bounds.