Peanut Allergy: the facts in a "nutshell !"
About Peanut Allergy
Peanuts and tree nuts are responsible for the greatest number of severe or anaphylactic allergic reactions. And although the reaction to peanuts is quite dangerous (can be fatal), to date there has been no clear data as to the prevalence of peanut allergy in the general population. However, in 1999 researchers conducted a study on peanut allergy and tree nut allergy in America. It was found that peanut and/or tree nut allergy affected about three million Americans, or 1.1 percent of the population. In the study, the only persons included in the “positive for peanut allergy” group were those that experienced an allergic reaction within one hour of consumption, and the allergic reaction in this group included hives, angioedema, wheezing, throat tightness, vomiting, or diarrhea.
As of 1999, therefore, we finally understand that peanut and tree nut allergy affects a significant proportion of the U.S. population. We also know that most of the individuals in the study who were considered “positive for peanut allergy” were adults rather than children. This was surprising since most of the people who usually experience food allergy are children. Interestingly, it seems that those affected by peanut allergy do not take their condition entirely serious. Not even half of the peanut allergy sufferers in the 1999 study have ever seen a doctor about their condition. Perhaps the most shocking information from the study, only seven percent of the peanut allergy sufferers in the study had an injectable epinephrine kit readily available in case of an anaphylactic reaction.
Perhaps this study has made people take notice of the seriousness of peanut and tree nut allergy. There have been recent stories in the news about proposed bans of peanuts on airplanes and the desire to make schools “peanut-free zones.” These proposals seem entirely appropriate given the fact that peanuts are the one allergen most responsible for the most fatal food allergy reactions.
dietary sources of peanuts
If you suffer from food allergies you probably know that “allergy shots” (immunotherapy) is not an affective treatment for peanut allergy. Conventional medical practitioners will tell you that your best option for dealing with a food allergy is to avoid the offending allergen. Depending on the food you’re allergic to, this can be a difficult task. As you research your allergen you may find there are many hidden sources of the food, a fact which could have you scrutinizing food and ingredient labels, and have you giving up many of your favorite meals.
Sources of peanuts include:
• peanut butter
• satay sauce
• arachis oil
• peanut oil
• Thai and Malaysian dishes
Items occasionally made from peanuts
• hydrolyzed plant protein
• hydrolyzed protein
• hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Hidden sources of peanuts
Worcestershire sauce, Chinese egg rolls, curry sauces, bakery products (prepared on mixing equipment that has traces of peanuts), crackers, cakes, various snacks and deserts, vitamin tablets (peanut oil), candy (peanut oil), almond powder and chopped almonds (originating in Asia, they can contain a filler of powdered peanuts), chocolate from Poland.
Different names for peanuts
• monkey nuts
• beer nuts
• mandelona nuts
• earth nuts
• goober nuts
• ground nuts
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symptoms of peanut allergy
You may react to peanuts by ingesting them, of course, but there are other ways a reaction may start. You may have close physical contact with someone who has eaten peanuts or you may unknowingly have peanut-based oil massaged into your skin. In addition, babies can have an allergic reaction through their mother's breast milk. It is said that even tiny amounts of peanut, such as 1/1000 of a single nut, can cause an allergic attack!
Symptoms occur just after eating or contact with the food and may include:
• itching, especially around the mouth
• abdominal pain
• swelling tongue
• flushed face
• difficulty breathing
• hoarseness of voice
• cramping and nausea
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treatment of peanut allergy
The main conventional treatment for food allergies is allergen avoidance. Thus you need to find out the foods causing your reactions, and then avoid them. Medical treatment focuses on anaphylaxis and relieving secondary allergic symptoms.
Medical treatment can include the following:
• Epinephrine - given for severe allergic reactions. When injected, it acts as a bronchodilator
• Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) - A common antihistamine
• Corticosteroid - Reduces swelling and various symptoms of allergic reactions. A cream/ointment may be given for skin reactions
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I’d like to end this section with a personal note that I feel most passionate about. Even though a quick, effective cure of peanut allergy now exists, a great many people do not know a cure exists. For example, in a survey conducted by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), 60% of the people surveyed said they were not aware of any treatments for allergies other than medications.
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I urge you to thoroughly examine our section about “The New 24-hour Cure.” I feel this cure has saved my life, irrespective of its simplicity and ease of delivery. There are literally thousands of practitioners who are curing food allergy and environmental allergy with energy-based treatments.
Brostoff, Jonathan & Gamlin, Linda. Food Allergies and Food Intolerance. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press, 2000.
Gamlin, Linda. The Allergy Bible. Pleasantville, NY: Reader's Diges Association, 2001.
Muth, Annemarie. Allergies Sourcebook. Detroit, MI: Omnigraphics, 2002
Reader’s Digest. Fighting Allergies: Pleasantville, NY, 2000, p. 132