peanut allergies guide

"Can You Recognize A Peanut Allergy Symptom?"
By Theresa Smith

Dear Friend,
These days we are hearing a lot more about peanut allergies and the seriousness of many of these allergies is very alarming. Can you recognize a peanut symptom?

A peanut is caused by the body reacting to the peanut by releasing histamines to fight the allergens off. As the body fights the allergens, he/she may exhibit one or many peanut symptoms. The classic non-life threatening peanut symptom is a skin reaction such as hives, a rash, or itchy skin.

There are many allergies that affect both children and adults. In fact, allergies are on the rise. However, the peanut is considered one of the most serious allergies of all. Thatís because it can cause death in just trace amounts and yet it is used in so many foods. Thatís why itís important to be able to recognize the most serious peanut symptom.

Every year there are deaths as a result of onlookers not recognizing the most serious peanut symptom. Once a person goes into anaphylactic shock, they have little time to have the attack reversed. An EpiPen is required Ė in fact, if you or someone in your family suffers from a peanut they should always carry an EpiPen.

Would you recognize the major peanut symptom? If you said no, you would not be alone. Anaphylactic shock causes severe swelling, breathing difficulties, circulatory collapse, and heart failure, with eventual death. There is often gastrointestinal discomfort to go along with these more serious symptoms.

Since there are no preventative treatments for a peanut and only treatments for a peanut symptom which in serious cases is an injection of epinephrine or adrenalin. This comes in the form of the EpiPen which an suffer should have on their body at all times. It can reverse anaphylactic shock.

Today, anyone who suffers with a peanut is looked at more carefully because of just how serious this is. In fact, even if you suffer from a mild peanut symptom such as hives you need to be very cautious because the symptoms can change to a more serious nature without any notice.

Peanuts and peanut traces are used throughout the food chain, which is one of the reasons that this is so dangerous. If you do not carefully read package ingredients, you could miss the presence of peanuts or some other nut that could cause a peanut symptom.

Now that you can spot a peanut symptom, youíll be in a much better position to help someone if needed. Never hesitate to call for an ambulance if you feel it is needed.


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