Nut allergy is a type of allergy or hypersensitivity against dietary substances from tree nuts resulting in severe symptomatic outbursts. It is caused by over-stimulated immune system and is a lifelong disease. People suffering from nut allergies are not allergic to only one kind of nut; however, they may be allergic to certain kinds, and not to the rest.
The treatment procedures include determination of the allergens and exclusion of any food that may contain nuts. The nut allergens may trigger potentially fatal, allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis which can be curbed immediately by intravenous epinephrine injection.
Mild symptomatic reaction include tingling of mouth and lips, swelling of face, tightening of throat; while the severe ones include hyperventilation, low blood pressure, redness of skin, breathlessness and spasms as in asthma attacks.
However, in contemporary life, some situations demand breaking the rules or consumption of dishes containing the nut allergens unknowingly. This article supports you with information regarding how to deal with nut allergies and avoid symptomatic triggers.
Dealing with Nut Allergies
Know your Allergens
Make a chart of the nuts you are allowed to consume and those which are prohibited. For example, if you are allergic to peanut butter, you can choose sunflower seed butter as an alternative.
Read the Label
Read the label of all the products you buy and before purchasing or consuming the food item. Nuts are not always listed on the ingredients label. If they include “May Contain” as advisory label, contact the manufacturer for further enquiries and assurance.
Use Oils Carefully
Oils made from the nut allergens may also result in severe skin rashes or other reactions. Check carefully the label about the content. If you are allergic to sunflower seeds, sesame seeds or peanuts avoid their respective oils and choose olive oils or castor oil as alternatives.
When you are eating outside, avoid eating delicacies from buffet or from bakeries where it is easy for the dishes to have nuts. Also, do not eat anything you are not sure about.
Child Nut Allergies
If your child is suffering from nut allergies then make sure that he or she doesn’t share food with anyone at school, parties or group events. If possible, take home-made food for your child to prevent triggering of attacks.
Let Others be Aware
Let your family, acquaintances and colleagues know about your nut allergy so that they may take precautions when situations arise. Moreover, always keep intravenous epinephrine in case of any emergency triggers.
Nut allergens can trigger life-threatening symptomatic reactions. So, be careful about your diet chart and make it a point to eliminate nuts from your list of palatable items.
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