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Nut Allergies Symptoms

Posted Mar 06 2010 5:24am


Introduction

Seafood has been a favorite food of mine for a while now. As far as I can recall, prawns were always my favorite yet I would have to stay away because of the hives (the merciless itching as well !!) that broke out due a strong allergy that one observant chap said was due to the fact that most places which serve seafood do not remove its tail.

And somehow, my fear of the allergy has overridden my desire for prawns to the point of paranoia where in ordering a 'chicken fried rice', I still ask them not to add any prawn additives, come to think of it is like giving them ideas!

And one can only think that I've gone nuts…

Speaking of nuts though, there is a growing number of cases where people have found themselves allergic to these little delightful snacks.

Nut Allergies

And no, we don't mean an allergy to peanuts which is actually a legume as opposed to the allergies to tree nuts that kids and some adults have. Obviously, the reaction to these nuts can anywhere from mild to severe in their degree.

Some tree nuts that you might have heard of and perhaps enjoy regularly are almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, pistachios, pecans, and cashews and so on and so forth.

So when you eat any of these nuts, your immune system considers it to be harmful for the body, even though it is quite the opposite, resulting in the release of antibodies known as immunoglobulin (IgE) that fight off the invading proteins from the food.

This is what happens during any allergic reaction, however, the symptoms might be the only the difference from allergy to allergy.

Symptoms

Even though these symptoms last for a day, they affect any or a combination of these four organs of the body.

a. Gastrointestinal System

Digestive issues like cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are common symptoms of this allergy

b. Skin

Most allergies (not only to tree nuts) exhibit symptoms such as itchy, red, bumpy rashes (known as hives), redness and swelling around the mouth or face as well as eczema. Actually, this will be one of the first symptoms that you will notice.

c. Cardiovascular system

In severe cases, one can also feel dizzy, which is another symptoms that points to nuts.

d. Respiratory system

Symptoms include breathlessness, a running or watery nose, sneezing and in some cases, it can trigger asthma which includes coughing and wheezing.

Since most of the time these allergies may be mild, there are time when this condition can be life-threatening also known as 'anaphylaxis', where all the four aforementioned body systems mentioned above are under attack leading to symptoms like breathlessness, itchy skin, tightness in the throat with the inability to speak, abdominal pain, vomiting, nasal stuffiness and so on and so forth.

For immediate relief from these symptoms before you can get yourself to a hospital, one should epinephrine with them at all times. It is effective as it works to decrease any swelling as well as increases blood pressure as well. For other milder cases, one can only avoid all forms of nuts either directly, used as embellishment in foods or the oils that they use to prepare food with.

In closing

Paranoia or not… sometimes allergies are bets dealt with when these foods are avoided, for many a time I've watched members from my family unable to deal with their overwhelming desire for prawns, succumb to the "Oh, just take an allergy tablet" routine with disastrous results.

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