Peanut Butter Allergy

Peanut Butter Allergy. Learn Common Allergies & Symptoms & The Causes Of Food Allergies.

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In recent years kids that are allergic to peanuts has been on the rise. Peanut allergies in children is one of the most common forms of allergies in the country.

What Is A Food Allergy? - Know Your Food Labels

An allergy or food intolerance symptoms happens when your immune system goes into hyper-drive after consuming an allergen. Your immune system of your body views the peanut as the enemy and releases an antibody called immunoglobulin E in an attempt to remove this invader from your body.

You can also release histamine each time the peanut butter allergy is triggered. 

Peanut Butter Allergy Symptoms

Here are the most common reactions to peanut allergy: 

  • Ear infections
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Hives
  • Hoarse voice
  • Insomnia
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nausea 
  • Red watery eyes
  • Skin itch
  • Stomach cramps
  • Tight throat
  • Vomiting

In severe cases the victim can get Anaphylaxis shock which is very dangerous. It's a life-threatening emergency that requires immediate medical attention. Many times those that are susceptible to Anaphylaxis shock will carry epinephrine, sometimes called an EpiPen.

This gives the person a shot of adrenaline and offers enough time to get him to the emergency room. Anaphylaxis symptoms can include:

  • Difficulty in breathing. The victim may have a swollen throat or airway making it difficult to breathe.
  • Facial flush
  • Lightheadedness 
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Severe drop in blood pressure
  • Stomach pain

What Are Food Intolerance Symptoms vs Allergy?

Intolerance is a bit more difficult to nail down because symptoms may not be immediate.

 It may take several hours before you have any kind of reaction which makes it harder to pinpoint the real issue. Some peanut allergy symptoms may be attributed to other foods. These symptoms can include: 

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Headaches
  • Rashes 
  • Stomach pain and cramps

The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-282, Title II) (FALCPA) has since mandated that all food products sold in the U.S. that contain peanuts must be clearly marked on the label in English as having peanuts. The law also states that ingredients in foods must be listed by their "common or usual name''.

You can find this law on the FDA.gov website. I highly recommend you thoroughly read every label on every package you buy. Never take the ingredients for granted.

Sometimes the ingredients change so keep a close eye on the labels. There are many foods that are exempt or aren't covered by the FDA allergen labeling laws.

It's also written in the law that "many consumers may not realize the ingredient is derived from, or contains, a major food allergen" because some of the names food manufacturers use may be unfamiliar to consumers. 

Foods That Usually Contain Peanuts

  • Mixed nuts 
  • Peanut butter
  • Peanut flour
  • Peanut meal
  • Peanut oil
  • Peanut sauce
  • Peanut soup
  • Szechuan sauce (Asian sauce)

Some Foods That May Contain Peanuts or Peanut Oil

  • Baked goods (pies, cakes, donuts)
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Bars (granola, energy, protein, fruit)
  • Cake icing
  • Candy
  • Cereals
  • Chocolate bars
  • Cookies
  • Crackers 
  •  Dehydrated soup mixes
  • Desserts (ice cream, yogurt)
  • Egg rolls 
  • Flavored coffees
  • Fried foods
  • Hydrolyzed plant protein
  • Marzipan
  • Meat substitutes
  • Nougat
  • Pastries
  • Popcorn (peanut oil might be used)
  • Potato chips (peanut oil might be used)
  • Salad dressings (peanut oil)
  • Thai, Chinese, Indonesian, and Vietnamese food 

If you think you or your child has peanut butter allergy symptoms or peanut intolerance symptoms it's best to talk to your doctor or allergist. These kinds of food allergy symptoms can be potentially life threatening due to Anaphylactic shock so it's best to get professional help.

The doctor or allergist can perform a series of tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly.

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