Peanut allergies don’t have any cure at the moment. The only way to stay protected from allergic reactions is to stay away from food items that have peanut as an ingredient in them.
People can outgrow certain food allergies which they developed, when they were kids. But peanut allergy is known to remain with the person for the rest of their life and it is rare to outgrow peanut allergies. Therefore, it is important to have a good strategy to avoid any serious accident.
It can initially be tricky, coping with peanut allergies as it may be difficult to identify how peanuts or peanut related products can creep into food that you consume. Some items may not directly have peanuts in them but they maybe fried in peanut oil, or there may accidentaly be cross contamination that you may not be aware of.
Doctors often prescribe epinephrine injections to halt the allergic reaction. These injections are usually designed to be easily administered by the patient themselves or by someone else in case of emergency, therefore dubbed as EpiPen. It is not a cure but is used to only in cases of emergency to subdue the symptoms of peanut allergies.
The Symptoms of Peanut-Allergic Reaction
The body starts to react by triggering certain symptoms when comes it comes in contact with peanuts or a peanut related product. Some of the most common symptoms people observe are as follows:
- The person may suddenly experience swelling on the face or lips.
- As a reaction to allergy the person might develop a rash.
- There may also be swelling in the throat which can result in coughing or wheezing.
- The person may have difficulty breathing or feel suffocation due to the allergic reaction
- Some people may also pass out due to the allergic reaction.
The degree of the symptoms may depend on the sensitivity of the person to peanuts or the quantity of the peanuts ingested in the body. The allergic reaction to peanuts may not only exhibit from eating peanuts or peanut related products. But some people also show the allergic reaction after touching or inhaling peanut related products.
The allergic reactions can sometimes also be life threatening. For that reason, it is important to know about peanut allergies. And when eating out or being a guest at someone’s house it is important that you take extra care not to unintentionally consume something that may have been contaminated.
Strategies You Can Employ to Stay Protected
Reading labels of packed food is the most important practice for people with peanut allergies. Seemingly innocent food may have peanut related products in them. Never purchase any thing that does not have a proper label indicating the ingredients.
Never consume food that may be at a risk of cross-contact since the food handler may unwittingly get traces of peanuts on the food prepared for you.
The person with peanut allergies should always carry an EpiPen with themselves to evade any serious situation, in case of an allergic reaction.
Calling the emergency services right away after using the EpiPen can be a serious life saver.
Living with peanut allergies can sometimes be difficult but with proper precautions it can be easy to cope with allergies.
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