Peanut Allergies

Almost everyone has allergies. Some of these allergies can be more contagious than others and some can be more rare to get. There are many allergies people have and they are all for different reasons. Here will be about peanut allergies.

Signs of the allergic reaction

  • Tingling or itching in the mouth
  • Hives, itching or eczema
  • Swelling of the lips, face, tongue and throat, or other parts of the body
  • Wheezing, nasal congestion or trouble breathing
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness, feeling light headed or fainting

How you might get it

Direct contact
The most common cause of peanut allergy is eating peanuts or peanut-containing foods. Sometimes direct skin contact with peanuts can trigger an allergic reaction.

Cross-contact

This is the unintended introduction of peanuts into a product. It’s generally the    result of a food being exposed to peanuts during processing or handling.

Inhalation

An allergic reaction may occur if you inhale dust or aerosols containing peanuts, from a source such as peanut flour or peanut oil cooking spray.

Risk

Age

Food allergies are most common in children, especially toddlers and infants. As you grow older, your digestive system matures, and your body is less likely to react to food that triggers allergies.

 Past allergy to peanut

Some children with peanut allergy outgrow it. However, even if you seem to have outgrown peanut allergy, it may recur.

Other allergies

If you’re already allergic to one food, you may be at increased risk of becoming allergic to another. Likewise, having another type of allergy, such as hay fever, increases your risk of having a food allergy.

Family members with allergies

You’re at increased risk of peanut allergy if other allergies, especially other types of food allergies, are common in your family.

 

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