Its 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.
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