Lately, I've found that I am allergic to peanuts. I just want to share these.
Peanuts aren't actually a true nut; they're a legume (in the same family as peas and lentils). But the proteins in peanuts are similar in structure to those in tree nuts.
For this reason, people who are allergic to peanuts
can also be allergic to tree nuts, such as almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, pistachios, pecans, and cashews. Peanut allergy is common, especially in children. Peanut allergy
symptoms can range from a minor irritation to a life-threatening reaction (anaphylaxis). For some people with peanut allergy, even tiny amounts of peanuts can cause a serious reaction. An allergic response to peanuts usually occurs within minutes after exposure, and symptoms range from mild to severe.
Peanut allergy symptoms can include:
-skin reactions such as hives, redness or swelling
–itching or tingling in or around the mouth and throat
–digestive problems such as diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea or vomiting
–tightening of the chest
–shortness of breath or wheezing
–runny or stuffy nose.
The only way to prevent a reaction is to avoid peanuts and peanut products altogether. For a minor allergic reaction, over-the-counter or prescribed antihistamine may help reduce symptoms. For a severe allergic reaction, you may need an emergency injection of epinephrine and a trip to emergency room. You must carry an EpiPen anywhere you go.