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  • Peanut allergies and their adverse effects
    By Health Blog on April 5, 2010 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    Peanut allergies are one of the common allergies that can sometimes even lead to fatal reaction. These allergies occur when a person’s body is against to peanuts or peanut containing products. Our immune system tries to fight against the peanut as it does not recognize it as a substance that is not harmful. The scary thing about peanut allergies is that it is the most common cause of life-threatening allergic reactions in the United States. This is a very serious and dangerous allergy and should be treated carefully. People who are having this allergy should be very cautious about food they eat.

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    Symptoms range from moderate to severe, but either way should be treated immediately. A person can suffer from itching, swelling, nausea or abdominal cramps. However, it can get worse than that, much worse. Many who have peanut allergies have shortness of breath, wheezing and can lose consciousness (anaphylaxis). You can also develop hives over your body. Usually, symptoms occur within just a few minutes of exposure to peanuts, but there have been cases where it took hours. If a person does suffer from the most serious of symptoms, anaphylaxis, they require immediate attention. They will have difficulty breathing; their blood pressure will drop and could have seizures.

    The problem is in the food that we eat. There are many foods out there that are made with peanuts or cooked in peanut oil. Labels now have to state if a product contains or can contain nuts even if there are not any nuts readily seen in the food. Peanut allergies are so severe, the FDA requires food and restaurant companies to state if a food has nuts in them. Obvious foods to avoid are peanut butter, granola bars, cookies, other types of nuts and energy bars. But take a closer look at some of the other foods a person who has peanut allergies might come in contact with. There are some sauces and salad dressings that are made from crushed nuts.

    Many baked goods have nuts in them including cookies, cakes, marzipan. Check potato chips or salty food packages to see if the food was made in peanut oil. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, a person can have either an antihistamine (Benadryl) or an emergency injection of epinephrine. Those who know they suffer an extreme case of peanut allergies should carry epinephrine with them at all times. But the only way to not suffer from peanut allergies is to avoid peanuts and all the potential harmful foods as well. If a person thinks they suffer from a peanut allergy, they should see a doctor or allergist who can perform a battery of tests to tell what specific substances a person is allergic to including if they have peanut allergies.

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  • What is food allergy and how to treat food allergies?
    By Health Blog on April 3, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    Food allergies are one of the most popular and common types of allergies that we catch with when we take some food that has been spoiled with some impurities. When you first eat some type of food, you may not know you are allergic to it but minor symptoms of common food allergies usually result in swelling, rashes in the skin, irritation on the skin and tingling of the lips and tongue and swelling in the mouth.

    More severe allergies include trouble breathing, swelling of the throat, vomiting and fainting. These allergies are very severe and dangerous and sometimes become fatal also. The more common term for these conditions is anaphylaxis shock. People with common food allergies could also suffer from upset stomachs, skin rashes or itchy, swollen eyes. There is no exact symptom that a person with a common food allergy will get so it is important to note all the different reactions you might have after eating a certain meal.

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    The good thing about common food allergies is that if you stay away from these foods, the allergies will not be a problem. There have been eight foods that are associated with common food allergies.

    - Milk

    - Eggs

    - Peanuts

    - Tree nuts

    - Fish

    - Shellfish

    - Soy

    - Wheat

    About 90 percent of common food allergies can be related to these eight foods. People with these food allergies have gotten help from the Federal Food and Drug Administration identifying harmful foods. Companies and restaurants are required by law to state if any of these foods are in an item. Also, they have to state if one of these foods is used in the cooking process. The FDA is looking out for everyone to make common food allergies uncommon.

    If you do have common food allergies, let your doctor know on every visit about this allergy. There are some medications that you might not be able to take because you might have a reaction to the medicine.

    Ckeckup:

    If you think you have a food allergy or notice that after you eat a certain item that you do not feel well, you may want to check with your doctor to see if you have any allergies. There are some tests through which our doctor or an allergist can check for common food allergies. Such tests include a blood test, skin test and a careful description of what you have eaten. It is smart to keep a journal of foods and write down whenever you have a reaction. This way doctors can use this when deciphering the information and will be able to tell if you have a common food allergy.

    Reading labels:

    Reading labels and all warnings on food is important. If you have a peanut allergy, but do not realize that a certain snack could have peanuts in the process, you could end up suffering for a severe reaction. Labels will state if peanuts are or could be used while making the food.

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