Re: peanut allergy symptoms
Peanuts are the top cause of severe, food-caused allergic reactions. An allergic to peanuts occurs when the immune system targets a harmless substance (peanut protein) and identifies it as harmful. The body then produces antibodies specific to the food and releases chemicals, including histamine. There are three main categories of peanut allergy symptoms: skin (hives, eczema, red and swollen mouth); gastrointestinal tract (stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting); and respiratory (itchy, watery nose, sneezing, and symptoms associated with asthma, like coughing and wheezing). Anaphylaxis, is the type of sudden, severe allergic reaction that can be fatal, such a reaction involves different parts of the body (skin, respiratory tract, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal systems). The symptoms are itchiness, a metallic taste in the mouth, tingling, hives, swelling in the mouth and throat and asthma. Epinephrine is a drug used to treat anaphylaxis and should be used immediately when a reaction occurs or is thought to occur. Peanut allergy sufferers should wear medical alert tags and carry an Epi pen at all times. The reaction could be so swift that the medication dose should be administered prior to emergency responders arriving at the scene.