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Peanut Allergies

It’s been while since I have blogged here. So I thought that I will cover peanut allergies for my return to The Flaming Vegan. I want to tackle the issues of peanut allergies. I've been fortunate being that I never had this.

Research indicates that it is extreme that people will die from this allergy. However in some rear cases, it has happened. Plus I'm fortunate that this hasn't happened to me.

Peanut allergies occur in early childhood. This is the response from your immune system being unable to handle proteins coming from peanuts and peanut sources such as peanut butter, peanut oils and anything peanut based. It recognizes anything peanut based as being harmful to your body. Then it produces antibodies called immonogloben E, that triggers your production of chemicals, including chemical histamine. All this causes your symptoms of the allergic reaction.

This allergic reaction is triggered by direct contact, cross contamination or inhalation. Directly eating or touching a peanut food will produced this reaction. Cross contamination is produced in facilities where peanuts are crossed with other foods, causing this allergic reaction. Inhalation of dust or aerosols that contain peanut related particles could cause a reaction if inhaled.

If you get any of these symptoms after you come in contact with peanuts, see your physician immediately. They are hives, itching or tingling of the mouth or throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea or stomach cramps, redness or swelling of your skin, difficulty breathing or a running or stuffy nose.

The more severe reaction is called anaphylaxis. This is a medical emergency. Symptoms of this are tightening of the chest and airwaves, swelling of your throat, difficulty breathing, rapid heart rate, sharp drop in blood pressure, dizziness or passing out. If you get any of these, call 911 immediately.

If you were diagnosed with a peanut allergy, it just takes a little bit of creativity to get around it. If you are a vegan diagnosed with this, it takes more creativity while it can be done, to get around it.

The best way to get around this is to eat gluten free and nut free foods. Read the ingredients to make sure that it says peanut or nut free facility produced. Avoid any foods that are processed in peanut or nut oils. Also don't go in areas or physical plants that produce these products as well. When you are on a plane or going to a restaurant, ask them to avoid giving you peanut based foods.

Disclaimer: This blog is for information purposes only. If you think that you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your physician immediately for an allergy test and complete diagnosis.

ref: http//www.symptomfind.com/diseases-conditions/peanut-allergies/

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  1. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Vote #2! Thanks for the info!
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you
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  2. Veganara
    Veganara
    Vote no 4. Great blog, very informative. I am fortunate that I am not allergic to nuts either - in fact I am nuts about nuts! It's not just peanuts that trigger allergies though, is it? Although they are probably the worst. You might be interested my latest blog Make Your Own Toothpaste.
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      From what I understand, it's the oils in the peanuts that trigger the allergies. Then sometimes other nuts produce this too. I'm heading over to your blog. :-)
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  3. Kate Noel
    Kate Noel
    Voted! Very informative. I'm fortunate that I do not suffer from this allergy, either. It must be more prevelant than I thought, my daughter's preschool will not allow snacks or lunches with nuts. I'm sure it's better to be safe than sorry in that case, though. :)
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you Kate. I know of people personally, who had to stop eating with peanuts in it. Plus stay away from where they are produced. Some of them are family. Then a great deal of them, I worked with throughout the years. They had such severe food allergies that they wound up in the emergency room, unable to breath. Most of the people who I sold gluten free foods to, said that they had peanut allergies, when I worked at Nature's Market. Sometimes so severe that they had to spend four days in the hospital clearing out their lungs. I think that Physillium (SP) is the worst enemy of a lot of people's digestive tracks, skin and lungs. I'm sure that peanuts has that in them. Plus it is in processed wheat and flour as well.
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  4. SnakeWitch
    Yes, this is a pretty serious allergy. I actually heard that most of the kids get this because they are exposed to non-organic peanuts - it's actually much more often the chemicals that are sprayed on them then the actual fruit itself that causes these symptoms! So, if more parents thought of going organic, they may actually eliminate this problem at hme altogether. If you want, I have an article on tofu alternatives for dairy and egg, How to Use Tofu as Dairy and Egg Replacement. Come check it out and vote if you like it!
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      So true. I'm going right over to check yours. :-)
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  5. Roopam
    Informative blog...I have heard about peanut allergies before...voted!
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  6. Roopam
    Informative blog...I have heard about peanut allergies before...voted!
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you.
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  7. evalovesbend
    Vote #9!
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you.
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  8. dianabart
    dianabart
    Great return topic... voted! :-) btw- I am so lucky not to have a peanut allergy.. I love peanuts and Peanut butter!
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you.
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