PEANUT ALLERGIES - Watsons Health

PEANUT ALLERGIES

Peanut allergy is an overreaction by the body’s immune system to proteins in peanuts. Even tiny amounts of peanuts can cause a life-threatening reaction (anaphylaxis) for some people with peanut allergy.

  • Itchy skin or hives, which can appear as small spots or large welts
  • An itching or tingling sensation in or around the mouth or throat
  • Nausea
  • A runny or congested nose
  • Anaphylaxis (less common), a potentially life-threatening reaction that impairs breathing and can send the body into shock

DIAGNOSIS

Your doctor will perform a physical exam and ask about your symptoms. He may:

  • Ask you to keep a food diary of your eating habits, symptoms and medications to pinpoint the problem.
  • Perform a skin test to determine your reaction to a particular food.
  • Ask you to go on an “elimination diet” in which you temporarily stop eating suspect foods for a week or two and then add the food items back into your diet one at a time.

 

TREATMENT

Once you are diagnosed with peanut allergy, the best treatment is to avoid peanuts and peanut-containing products. Mild allergic reactions may be treated with antihistamines to reduce signs and symptoms.

However, a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) will require an emergency injection of epinephrine (adrenaline) in the hospital.

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