Tips for Dealing with a Peanut Allergy

All About Dealing with a Peanut Allergy

A peanut allergy is one of the more common food allergies that a lot of people develop. While you could be allergic to just about any nut, peanuts are usually the nut to avoid. Unfortunately, having a peanut allergy can lead to very serious symptoms if an individual is exposed to anything containing peanuts or manufactured with peanuts.

When you suffer from a peanut allergy and are exposed to peanuts, your body’s immune system looks to fight the proteins found in the nuts as if it were an infection. As a result, the body works in overdrive to ward off the harmless invaders, creating the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

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Symptoms of a Peanut Allergy

Anaphylaxis

This is easily the most severe symptom of a peanut allergy because the allergic reaction can result in inflammation in the throat area. This is known as anaphylaxis, which is a sudden and potentially life-threatening reaction where a person’s breathing tubes shrink, the mouth inflames, and blood pressure experiences a sudden drop.

Those who are at increased risk of this kind of reaction or symptom of peanut exposure will want to avoid peanuts at all costs. This not only includes foods that are made with peanuts in them but also foods that could have been exposed to peanuts at some point in production.

Hives

Hives are a very common allergic reaction due to histamine release throughout the body. When exposed to something that the body is allergic to, the body looks to release histamine as a means to fight it. This results in inflammation in the skin and symptoms like hives.

Swelling

Another common symptom that can occur if an individual with a peanut allergy is exposed to peanuts would be swelling in the facial area, especially the mouth and eyes. This can lead to red eyes, watery eyes, and itchiness. This reaction is also a consequence of the sudden and abundant release of histamine in the body.

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Tips for Coping with a Peanut Allergy

Avoiding Nuts

The best way to avoid suffering from the aftermath of being exposed to peanuts with a peanut allergy would be complete avoidance. The best and only real way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid peanuts entirely, which means knowing what foods contain nuts and how to effectively avoid them.

While it might seem increasingly difficult, you should be able to avoid any and all foods that contain peanuts or that have been manufactured in the same facility as peanuts by simply looking at the ingredients and the label itself.

That being said, processed foods that contain nuts are not always labeled as such, so it’s important to be very careful and avoid foods you aren’t sure about.

Oral Immunotherapy

This is a therapy in which you are exposed to small doses of peanuts in order to desensitize the immune system to the allergen. The entire goal of this is to help the immune system build up a level of tolerance to the allergen itself.

This same treatment has been used to treat a variety of other allergies, and a good amount of research has shown positive results.1 The biggest issue with this option is the severe reactions that can occur in those who are allergic to peanuts.

Probiotics

Another remedy that has been used successfully to reduce peanut allergies are probiotics. Probiotics are healthy gut bacteria that can be introduced in large quantities to the body to help digest the protein that is typically targeted by the immune system.

These properties are largely due to their ability to adhere themselves to intestinal epithelial cells and effectively stabilize the composition of gut microflora.2 There have been studies showing the effectiveness of probiotics for counteracting the side effects of exposure to a food allergen.

Essential Oils

There are various essential oils that have shown some promise in helping minimize the symptoms associated with peanut allergies and other food allergies. This is largely due to its ability to positively impact the immune system.

Not only can exposure to these essential oils through aromatherapy help enhance the immune system itself, but they can help open up the lungs and sinuses to reduce the constriction that typically presents itself when exposed to the allergen.3

Along with this, there are even essential oils like peppermint oil that have been shown to help reduce inflammation that typically results when exposed to food allergen like peanuts.4

It’s important to note that essential oils should never be used as replacements for traditional antihistamines or medications that have been specifically prescribed to you for your allergy. Rather, they should be used to manage mild allergy symptoms or inflammation. Relieve R is a great option for relieving mild allergy symptoms, especially for seasonal allergies.

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Conclusion

Having a peanut allergy might be difficult to cope with, but there are certain things that you can do to reduce its impact on your life. By understanding how to avoid peanuts in foods and by knowing some of the top remedies to reduce the negative symptoms associated with your allergy, you should be able to minimize its negative impact on your life.

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Savannah W.

By Savannah Wilson

Savannah is an aromatherapy enthusiast who takes pride in knowing everything about essential oils, from ylang-ylang to chamomile. When taking a break from learning more about essential oils, Savannah likes to spend her time reading books or working out.

Favorite MONQ blend: Sexy

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The above information relates to studies of specific individual essential oil ingredients, some of which are used in the essential oil blends for various MONQ diffusers. Please note, however, that while individual ingredients may have been shown to exhibit certain independent effects when used alone, the specific blends of ingredients contained in MONQ diffusers have not been tested. No specific claims are being made that use of any MONQ diffusers will lead to any of the effects discussed above.  Additionally, please note that MONQ diffusers have not been reviewed or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. MONQ diffusers are not intended to be used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, prevention, or treatment of any disease or medical condition. If you have a health condition or concern, please consult a physician or your alternative health care provider prior to using MONQ diffusers. MONQ blends should not be inhaled into the lungs.

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