Peanut butter and roasted peanuts are a favorite in Canada. Results from a survey say that 96% eat peanuts, and 94% eat peanut butter. Hence, most households have peanut butter in their homes. Also, Canadians consume about 3 kg of peanuts every year.
Peanuts have lots of nutrients to give. They are a good source of important nutrients like protein, carbs, and fiber. However, peanuts are also high in fat. But peanuts might also cause stress to someone. Even though it can be useful for health, some people’s body reacts upon eating it.
The following is a list of important facts about peanut allergies.
1. Very Common
Peanut allergy is very common for people living in Canada. For instance, wheat, tree nuts, milk, seafood, and soy are some.
2. Skin Contact
Skin contact with peanuts can also cause this allergy. However, eating peanuts is a common cause. But some reports also tell that skin contact triggers symptoms.
3. Peanut and Nut
Moreover, people whose body reacts peanuts can also react to nuts.
4. It is a Legume
Peanuts are legumes, not nuts. Many of us think that a peanut is a type of nut. Examples of nuts are walnuts, cashews, and almonds. Also, peanut and nut allergy occurs when the body reacts to its proteins. So, this fact happens due to the same protein structure of the two.
In this allergy, the body thinks that proteins cause harm. Though it is small, it might be a threat to somebody. Hence, it is the reason why symptoms show up.
Reaction to peanuts occurs after a minute or hours of eating it. Also, the symptoms might show up after a few minutes or hours. However, around 90% of reactions happen after 20 minutes of exposure.
Peanut allergy symptoms many differ from person to person. Therefore, it can go from mild to severe.
- Redness of body and face
- Itchy eyes, nose, face, throat, or area around the mouth
- Numb feeling or pain in the lips and tongue
- Swollen face, eyes, lips, throat, and tongue.
- Coughing or wheezing
8. Medical Attention
Peanut or nut allergies need medical help as it can be life-threatening. Dangerous reactions include:
- Trouble breathing
- Finding it hard to swallow and talk
- Drop-in blood pressure
- Rapid heartbeat
- Loss of consciousness
To stop these severe reactions, seek fast help.
Moreover, 20% of children with peanut allergy outgrow it. For some, it is possible to outgrow how the body reacts to peanuts. In other cases, the reaction can occur again after a long time. Still, not all can outgrow reactions to peanuts. So, the best choice is to avoid eating it.
10. Other Foods
Foods where you don’t see peanuts can still cause allergy. In reading some food labels, you can see “may contain peanuts.” Hence, factories who make other goods might have been producing peanuts too. For this reason, peanuts can mix with other food processes. It is why you better read labels before buying goods.
Peanut allergy may happen due to the inhalation of products that have peanuts. Likewise, inhaling peanut flour and peanut oil cooking spray can cause a reaction.
12. Effect on Babies
Babies with severe eczema or egg allergy are at risk of having a peanut allergy. Some studies tell that exposure to peanuts might lessen the risk of having an allergy. However, it is still better to ask your doctor first before doing so.
To ensure that you have the allergy, doctors may ask you to undergo a skin or blood test. Also, skin testing does not have age limits. Likewise, a baby can have this test. They may ask you to take note of what you eat and the symptoms that occur.
Furthermore, they may also tell you to remove peanuts from your diet for 1 or 2 weeks. By doing so, they can be sure what food makes your body react. Depending on your body, you can outgrow or remain allergic to peanut. Foods that often have peanuts are:
- Mixed nuts
- Cookies and other baked goods
- Energy or granola bars
- Grain bread
Above all, be alert when buying foods. Also, if you think that food has peanut, do not be shy to say “no.”
Up to now, there is no cure for peanut allergy. Some drugs only prevent reactions of the body. The U.S. FDA has approved Palforzia to ease reactions to peanuts. Additionally, those who take this drug must avoid eating peanuts.
Most kids and adults love peanuts in their food. It offers health benefits and tastes good. Yet, it is better to skip all these peanut allergy symptoms than to put up with the stress it gives your body.