Peanut butter allergy is an increasingly common medical problem. Children with peanut allergy can experience reactions ranging from very mild to life-threatening; therefore, it’s very important to have any peanuts allergy symptoms evaluated by a medical professional right away.
Peanut allergy causes are debated. While experts know that peanut butter allergy is caused when a person’s immune system becomes mistakenly stimulated by peanut proteins, perceiving them as a danger. Allergic reactions occur when someone with the allergy either consumes peanuts or peanut products; consumes another food that accidentally contains peanut residue, such as from manufacturing in a facility that also produces peanut products; or inhales the dust from peanuts. Any of these situations can trigger a response in an allergic person. But no one knows for sure why some people develop peanut allergies and others do not.
Parents of children with peanut butter allergy are particularly concerned about finding a peanut allergy cure. It can be extremely frustrating and frightening to effectively monitor a peanut allergy in a child with the potential for severe or even life-threatening allergic reactions. But at present, the only known way to most effectively treat peanut allergy is to completely avoid all foods that contain or may contain peanuts or peanut products. If an allergic reaction occurs, medical attention can help stop the symptoms if help is obtained right away. Some individuals do grow out of their peanut allergies, however, or find that their reactions lessen in severity over time. Those with severe allergies should never attempt to “test” to see if they are still allergic, of course; if you have questions or concerns about peanut allergy and the potential for growing out of it later in life, consult your physician to discuss your or your child’s specific situation.