Tips on Recognizing the Symptoms of Nut Allergies

Nut allergies are when an individual experiences an allergic reaction to any kind of nut and they can be either peanuts or tree nuts. Examples of nuts a person with a nut allergy may have an allergic reaction to include almonds, walnuts, cashew nuts and hazelnuts. This is the most common type of food allergy and tend to be a family trait and the risk of having a nut allergies increases if the individual or family members of the individual has asthma, hay fever or eczema. This type of allergy most often affect infants and this is due to the fact that their immune system is not fully developed yet. Wholesale nuts

Symptoms of nut allergies can range from mild to severe and can include a rash and hives (urticaria), nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, shortness of breath, chest pain, swelling of the airways to the lungs and the most severe symptom of nut allergies which is anaphylaxis.

Anaphylaxis is an uncommon allergic reaction but is one the most life threatening symptoms of nut allergies. This symptom of nut allergies can occur even if a person has a small exposure to any kind of nut. Symptoms develop within minutes and can last up to several hours. The symptoms are due to an overreaction by the body’s immune system as it releases a huge amount of histamine in response to exposure. This massive influx of histamine causes symptoms which include breathing difficulties, facial swelling, and extreme chest tightness.

The treatment of anaphylaxis is an intramuscular injection of epinephrine (adrenaline) and this will give immediate relief. Other treatments for the less severe symptoms of nut allergies include anti-histamines.

An individual with peanut allergies would have their first reaction to nuts upon their first exposure to them, usually when they are a child and, in this case, the symptoms may not be as severe. However, this may not necessarily be their first exposure to nuts as they may have been exposed when they were in the womb. This is why it is now generally recommended by health practitioners that pregnant women avoid the consumption of nuts.

The Sensitivity of this allergy varies between individuals and the severity of the symptoms experienced by the individual depends on their level of sensitivity. However, as the most severe symptoms of peanut allergy can be fatal, it is very important that individuals with nut allergies avoid all nuts and foods which contain even trace amounts of nuts. Such individuals should also take great care to read food labels to make sure that they do not contain nuts or even traces of nut. Common foods which may not contain actual nuts but only trace amounts of nuts include biscuits, cakes and chocolates.