Yes, peanut allergies have become more common. In fact, more than 3 million people in the United States report being allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, or both. Since allergy symptoms can vary from person to person, strict precautions need to be taken when dealing with a peanut allergy. Some people are so sensitive that mere inhalation of a few peanut fragments may trigger a severe reaction.
Signs and symptoms:
* Itching or tingling around the mouth and throat
* Digestive problems such as diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea or vomiting
* Tightening of the chest
* Rashes, hives, redness or swelling
* Wheezing or shortness of breath
* Runny or stuffy nose
* Anaphylaxis, which may include facial swelling, difficulty breathing, weakness or collapse.
Most people develop symptoms immediately after coming into contact with peanuts, but do not have reactions to airborne peanut particles. However, the concentration of peanut particles in the air of an enclosed space, like an airplane, may pose a problem. It is a good idea to tell your flight attendant about your peanut allergy to avoid peanuts being handed out on your flight.
While many children outgrow allergies to other foods such as milk or eggs, most kids don’t outgrow peanut allergy as they get older. Statistics show that about 20% of children with a peanut allergy will outgrow it. For those that do not, antihistamines are used to reduce mild symptoms, and epinephrine (EpiPen) are used to treat severe reactions. Although not FDA approved, some doctors are offering peanut desensitization treatments. This is where small amounts of peanut protein are given to a patient in a controlled setting.
* Arachis oil, another name for peanut oil
* Peanut Allergy is the most common cause of food related death
* Peanut allergy affects 7% of siblings of persons with the allergy
* Most nut butters (almond, cashew, ect.) are listed as possibly containing peanut
* There is a 30% – 60% chance that a person allergic to peanuts will be allergic to tree nuts.