- Peanuts are a type of nut. True or False?
- More than 11,000,000 Americans have food allergies. True or False?
- False – Peanuts are not nuts. Peanut (Arachis hypogaea) is actually a bean/legume vine plant that grows underground.
- True – More than 11,000,000 Americans have food allergies of varying degrees of severity – at least 8% of children less than 3 years of age and 2% of the adult population in the United States.
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Signs of an Allergic Reaction
- Itching & swelling of the lips, tongue, or mouth
- Itching and/or a sense of tightness in the throat
- Hacking cough
- Hives, itchy rash, and/or swelling about the face
- Nausea, abdominal cramps, and/or vomiting
- Shortness of breath, repetitive coughing, and/or wheezing
- Congested, runny nose
- Thready pulse, “passing out”
- Feeling of doom
Some Hidden Sources of Peanuts
- Ice cream
- Vegetarian burgers
- Baking mixes
- Sauces – peanuts can often used as a thicken agent
- Soups – especially dried soups
Food Allergies 101
What is a food allergy?
A food allergy is an adverse reaction to a food that is triggered by the body’s immune system. During a reaction, the body releases chemicals that can affect the respiratory system, the gastrointestinal system, the cardiovascular system, and the skin.
What is anaphylaxis?
Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. Common causes of anaphylaxis include: food, insect stings, latex, and medication.
What foods can people be allergic to?
The most common foods that people are allergic to include: Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Eggs, Shellfish, Fin Fish, Milk, Soy, and Wheat.
How can food allergies be treated?
The best way to prevent a reaction is to avoid the food that causes signs and symptoms. People at risk for anaphylaxis may carry a medication called epinephrine, often called an Epi-Pen, which can be injected if a reaction occurs.
(Source: www.mayoclinic.com )