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Nut Allergies Symptoms

Posted Mar 01 2011 8:28am

While I do have vices in plenty, there is one thing that I try to avoid, the fast food joints that have spread their commercial tentacles right from the United States all the way to where I live. You name it… Dominos, Pizza Hut, KFC and Papa Johns…

And just this week, my neighbor tempted to take head out to the closest KFC outlet just about a mile from where I live, and yes, I did order 8 pieces of chicken and split it between a friend and myself.

It was only the next morning I realized that I can't eat this kind of food anymore, thanks to my stomach not responding well to the food. And this reminded me of my ongoing allergy to prawn (shrimp)…

And in similar fashion, some people do not even know that they have an allergy to nuts until they eat them just as I discovered that my system can't handle "fast food" either.

An Allergy to Nuts… you said?

Yes, we're talking about the proverbial list of common nuts that you help yourself to these days such as pistachios, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, macadamias, pecans, and cashews and so on and so forth.

However, since a food allergy often operates in the same way regardless of the food involved, it occurs when the immune system considers it to be harmful (just as it responds to toxins), and which will lead to the release of antibodies known as immunoglobulin (IgE) that will fight against the protein in the food.

And while the level of allergy (mild to extreme) differs from allergy to allergy, the symptoms are very different as well. However, there are specific symptoms that affect those who have nut allergies.

Nut Allergies Symptoms

There are four parts of our body that is affected by various nut allergies, and they are the skin, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and respiratory system.

a. Skin

Probably, these are the first symptoms that you find in the form of itchy, red, bumpy rashes (also known as hives), eczema, swelling around the mouth or face.

b. Gastrointestinal System

Diarhhea, vomiting, cramps and nausea are common signs that are associated with the gastrointestinal system.

c. Cardiovascular System

In this situation, one can feel either lighthearted or faint.

d. Respiratory System

Breathlessness, a runny or watery nose, sneezing, coughing, wheezing and finally, asthma.

e. Anaphylaxis

This is definitely the worst-case scenario in which all four body systems are under attack and one experiences symptoms such as itchy skin, breathlessness, tightness in the throat, nasal stuffiness, vomiting and so on and so forth. It's a condition that is normally considered life-threatening and one must be rushed to a hospital immediately, where they will administer epinephrine as this will not only decrease swelling but increase blood pressure levels as well.

So, one's question would if there is any cure for this allergy?

And the answer to that question is "No", and the only way by which one can prevent this condition in its mildest and extreme forms from occurring again is by NOT eating nuts at all.

In Closing

And while you're at it, drop the fast food too…

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