Peanut allergy is one of the most common causes of severe allergy attacks. The symptoms can be life threatening. For some people with peanut allergy even small amount can cause severe reaction.
The symptoms of peanut allergy occur within minutes of exposure. The symptoms are as follows;
- Skin reactions which include redness, swelling and hives
- Throat tightening
- Runny nose
- Itching around mouth
- Shortness of breathe or wheezing
- Anaphylaxis; a life threatening condition
Anaphylaxis is a very severe condition which is a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment. Sign and symptoms of anaphylaxis include;
- Severe drop of blood pressure
- Constriction of airways
- Rapid pulse
- Swelling of throat that makes it difficult to breathe
Peanut allergy occurs when your body mistakenly recognise peanut proteins as harmful.Exposure to peanut can occur in various ways;
- Direct contact. The most common cause is eating peanut or peanut containing food.
- Indirect contact