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Facts About Allergy


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        Facts about Allergy


An abnormal reaction of the immune system to the peanut or nut protein. 

Age of onset
Usually occurs during the first year or two of life, or whenever peanuts or nuts are first eaten.


Should be made by a doctor or an allergist who may use several tools, including:

 Detailed history 
 Food challenge 
 Skin prick test 
 Blood tests


Reactions to a food typically begin within minutes but may also occur (or reoccur) up to two to four hours after eating and usually last less than one day. 

Allergic reactions to food can include any of the following symptoms:



  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Tingling in the mouth
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea



  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Redness
  • Eczema
  • Swelling
  • Change in skin color


 Air Passages

  • Runny nose, sneezing
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Coughing, choking, gagging
  • Nasal congestion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing


Most peanut/nut allergies are considered potentially anaphylactic. Even a mild peanut/nut allergy can cause anaphylaxis if enough is eaten. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that involves several parts of the body. It can lead to loss of consciousness and death.

Immediate medical help is necessary.



 Be prepared. Carry injectable epinephrine if prescribed and know how to use it. Go to a hospital emergency room for follow-up. 
 Even very small amounts of peanuts or nuts can cause serious reactions. Complete avoidance of peanuts or nuts, including any food or other product containing peanuts or nuts, is necessary. 
 Reading food labels for all foods is the key to maintaining control over the allergy. If the product does not have a label, the food should not be eaten.

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