Peanut Allergy


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peanut-allergyAn allergy to peanuts is a serious condition and is usually a life-long proposition which may effect both children and adults. It is paramount that persons with a peanut or nut related allergy avoid all exposures which can create a life threatening reaction.

The most common symptom of peanut allergy is acute hives (urticaria) which usually occurs within minutes of exposure. However, many peanut allergy sufferers also develop severe angioedema, swelling of the face, bronchospasm and anaphylaxis following exposure.  Some peanut and nut allergy sufferers are so sensitive that they will develop symptoms even when they are in the presence of someone who has eaten peanuts or has been in contact with peanuts.

Because peanut allergies are so prevalent, much research has been performed to understand the allergy better and possibly find a cure. There are studies currently being conducted at Duke University Medical Center, in North Carolina that is showing promise for all food allergy sufferers. Their study is called The Duke Food Allergy Initiative, which has been running several immunotherapy studies and intends to have some definitive results within the next few years.

Peanut Allergy Statistics

  • Peanut and peanut related allergies are a serious problem that can become fatal in severe cases.
  • Someone who suffers from chronic peanut allergies should always be prepared to seek immediate medical attention
  • Epinephrine (adrenaline) is the best and most effective treatment available for a severe peanut allergy reaction and a EpiPen should be available immediately when out in public. Person in public with them should understand exactly how to use the EpiPen if you were to have a reaction.
  • There are thousands of peanut-free foods and resources available to those with a peanut or other nut allergy.
  • A peanut allergy is one of the “Big 8″ food allergens which account for 90% of allergies combined. (21 million in the US alone).
  • More than 3 million people in the US are believed to be allergic to peanuts, tree nuts or both.
  • About 1% of the U.S. population has a peanut peanut related allergy.
  • Recent studies have shown that over 20% of patients with peanut allergy will outgrow it.
  • An allergic reaction to a peanut or peanut related food is the most common cause of food related deaths.
  • About the author:

    Benny Jacobson writes a column in the Allergy Journal and is considered to be an expert on peanut and other nut related allergies.

    The Peanut Reaction

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Walnut Allergies


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walnutsAllergies are caused by a disturbance and irritation in the body’s immune system because of the invasion and influence of certain foreign substances or foreign perceived as harmful to the body. The body and its immune response has its own form of higher production of white blood cells or mast cells that receive exhibited or manifested through skin rashes and inflammation that are harmful to human health. Allergies can be caused by a variety of allergens or substances that cause allergy, such as pollutants, dust, pollen, food items, as well as smoke, and even some material substances such as wool or leather. Allergies are varied in type and virulence, as well as in the case very serious, it can lead to imminent death. Among the various types of allergies to foods that are commonly observed, walnut allergy seen in some patients, who are affected by allergy due to consumption of nuts.

The main form of allergy that affects people in the form of hypersensitivity generation. For example, families in which the nut allergy in the genes is passed from father to son and so on and so forth. These are observations that have been recorded and documented empirically by medical science in recent years. These are also influenced by age, gender and race patients. But it is wrong to attribute to allergies hereditary factors only, as there are quite a few environment-related factors that also result in the development an allergy. Get in contact with pollution, pollen in certain areas, changes in diet and infectious diseases, especially when young age are also considered important precursors of allergy.

Walnut allergy is a form of diet-induced food allergy that affects many people around the world. Like in other cases of allergy to the diet, this also leads to vomiting and the expulsion of the diet, the appearance of hives and stomach pain and diarrhea. In severe cases, you may need to go to purge the digestive tract in order to prevent loss of life. In some cases, symptoms are quite mild and manageable in mind that patients may avoid climate and the impact this type of food (nuts) to prevent the occurrence of allergy. In some cases nuts could also cause an allergy in your eyes water and you feel very sick. Walnut Allergy is caused primarily by proteins that are contained in nuts and could occur on the same people who consume nuts, and other cashew, almonds and pecans.

While most symptoms due to nut allergy are generally mild and manageable in nature, in some cases, could lead to severe dehydration, diarrhea, respiratory distress and even blood pressure variations which are harmful to health. You have to be aware of these serious and very worrying signs that the allergy is getting out of hand, simple self prescribed medication which would not. The patient must be taken to the doctor who will prescribe appropriate and sometimes strong drug that can prevent the patient from falling into anaphylactic shock, which can lead to death if not stopped in time. Walnut allergy is certainly not a condition one can afford to play with what has the power to exacerbate the situation and take the patient to the brink of death.

About the author: Jackson Davison is sales representative for a gourmet candy manufacturer (Old Dutch Cottage Candy) in Boston Massachusetts that sells their products throughout North America.

What NUTS can do

Walnut Allergy


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walnutsA walnut allergy is a form of diet-induced food allergy that affects thousands of persons around the world. Like in other cases of allergies to the nuts, this can lead to vomiting, the appearance of hives, stomach pain and diarrhea.  In some cases, symptoms are quite mild and manageable keeping in mind that patients may avoid this type of food (nuts) to prevent the occurrence of further allergy symptoms. In severe cases, a walnut allergy can make you feel very sick. Walnut allergies are caused primarily by proteins that are contained in certain nuts to also include cashew, almonds and pecans.

There are many instances where allergies are hereditary in nature and are passed on from generation to generation. For instance there are families where walnut allergy is passed on in the genes for parents to children and so on and so forth. These are observations that have been recorded and documented by medical science empirically over the years. These are also influence by age, gender as well as race of patients. But it is wrong to attribute allergies only to hereditary factors as there are quite a few environment related factors also that result in an allergy developing.

While most symptoms due to a nut allergy are generally mild and manageable in nature, in some cases, could lead to severe dehydration, diarrhea, respiratory distress and even blood pressure variations which are harmful to health.  Walnut allergies are certainly not a condition one can afford to play with, since severe reactions can lead to an asthmatic type reaction leading to death.

Related Posts: Peanut Allergy and Walnut Allergies.

About the author: Sally Hudson writes health and allergy related articles for various publications.

Nut Allergies