Most children love peanuts. Whether they eat them as peanut butter in their favorite sandwich or simply love to eat them right out of the shell, kids grow up eating peanuts which have a lot of great health benefits. They are high in monounsaturated fat (the good fat), rich in protein and have a large amount of antioxidants. They also contain the vitamins and fiber the body needs to reduce the risk of heart disease. But peanut allergy symptoms need to be watched out for.
Peanut Allergy Causes
Peanut allergy symptoms occurs when the immune system in our bodies mistake the peanut proteins for something that could potentially harm us. Then they attack to try to get rid of those proteins and that is when the allergic reaction begins. It is not known why the immune system acts like this in some people and in other does not. It has been proven however, that young children, adults with a history of other allergy, and people that have family members with allergies are more prone to getting peanut allergy symptoms.
Peanut Allergy Symptoms
Peanut allergy symptoms can vary from mild to severe. They include but are not limited to: slight redness, swelling, itching in the mouth and/or throat, diarrhea, vomiting, stuffy nose and shortness of breath.
A severe peanut allergy symptom is Anaphylaxis. This condition will cause the airways to get constricted and the throat to get swollen, making it difficult if not impossible to breath. Blood pressure could also drop, resulting in shock. This is a very serious condition that if not treated properly could result in death. Please call Emergency immediately when you notice these severe symptoms.
Anaphylaxis is treated by administering the patient an adrenaline shot. Most people with severe allergies carry an epinephrine (adrenaline) injector in case they consume peanuts by error.
Peanut Allergy Cure
There is currently no cure for peanut allergy. Most of the treatment given to patients is to address the peanut allergy symptoms after they occur, and not to prevent them. The best way to prevent peanut allergy is to avoid consuming peanuts or foods that have peanuts in them.
If your child has not had any symptoms of peanut allergy, let them keep enjoying the benefits of consuming this delicious nut. However, if you notice any signs of peanut butter allergy contact your doctor immediately and take the needed precautions to avoid any more serious symptoms.