Information about peanut allergy

Many Dutch people suffer from allergies. An allergy means that as soon as someone comes into contact with the substance in question, the body gives an uncontrollable and fierce reaction, which can manifest itself in red and thick skin, asthma, eczema and hives, among other things. An allergy that occurs quite regularly is the peanut allergy.

Allergic to peanuts

If someone has a peanut allergy, this person will have an allergic reaction when he or she comes into contact with peanuts. Peanuts are also called groundnuts, oil nuts, monkey nuts or groundnuts. The plants that peanuts grow on are above ground, resulting in a pod with two seeds. Peanuts are used in various food products that are obvious, such as peanut butter and satay sauce, but they are also used in small quantities in products where it is not so obvious. About 0.6 to 0.7 percent of all people suffer from a peanut allergy. Some people only have to smell the smell of peanuts and it will cause an allergic reaction. The protein portion of the most notorious allergens found in peanuts in particular causes an allergic reaction.

Pollen allergy and peanut allergy

It also often happens that people who suffer from hay fever, i.e. have a pollen allergy, also show a positive allergy test when eating peanuts, which causes complaints for some people and not for others. Furthermore, it has been shown that peanut allergy mainly occurs in young children, because the immune system and gastrointestinal tract are not yet fully developed in young children. The result of this is that the peanuts cannot be completely digested and too many antibodies against peanut allergens are developed.

Phenomena

You will find out soon enough whether you too have a peanut allergy. If you have a peanut allergy and come into contact with peanuts, the most common symptoms are a swollen throat, which makes you feel very stuffy and cannot breathe properly. You can compare it with asthma. This often occurs in combination with swelling of the skin such as the lips. You cannot treat a peanut allergy and you will probably carry it with you for the rest of your life. In some cases the allergy will diminish, but will persist.

Therapy

The symptoms of a peanut allergy can of course be treated with anti-allergic drugs. If you have symptoms of a peanut allergy, you can take allergy tablets or go to the doctor as soon as possible so that he can prescribe something effective for you. In addition, if you are allergic to peanuts, it is of course advisable to avoid the use of peanuts as much as possible so that no allergic reaction can occur. Also avoid products that contain peanuts, such as peanut butter, satay sauce and peanut oil. It is also advisable not to give peanuts to young children.

Do I have a peanut allergy?

Because not everyone has a severe allergic reaction when eating peanuts, you may be allergic to it without really realizing it. To find out exactly whether or not you have a peanut allergy, you can choose to undergo an allergy test. It often happens that people who get tested discover that they are also allergic to other types of nuts such as walnuts and hazelnuts. During an allergy test, boxes are drawn on your skin into which droplets of different substances are placed. These droplets should work for about ten to fifteen minutes. If you are allergic to a certain substance, you can immediately tell because the skin in that area becomes very red, thick and itchy.