Peanut allergies are one of the most common allergies associated with anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening condition that requires emergency treatment. But how sure are you that you have a peanut allergy? Board-certified allergy specialists Vicki J, Lyons, MD, and Tim Sullivan, MD, at Advance Allergy & Asthma in Ogden, Utah, are invested in providing education regarding allergies, which often includes debunking some myths about peanuts. If you think you have a peanut allergy or your child is at risk, schedule a visit at Advanced Allergy & Asthma today. Call for an appointment or book online.
Symptoms of a peanut allergy can vary greatly from person to person and even from incident to incident. You may experience:
Even trace amounts of peanuts or peanut oil left behind on a baking pan can cause a severe allergic reaction in some individuals.
There are many inaccuracies floating around regarding peanuts and allergies. Peanuts, for instance, are not nuts. They’re part of the legume family and so share their space on the food chart with peas, soybeans, and lentils.
It’s also interesting to note that despite the rumors that you can’t “outgrow” a peanut allergy, research has shown that about 20% of individuals diagnosed with a peanut allergy eventually do grow beyond it.
Also, with the alarming rise in children being diagnosed with peanut allergies, a 20% increase from 2010 to 2017, you may believe it’s time to ban peanuts altogether. However, studies are showing that introducing children to peanuts at an early age may help prevent peanut allergies by desensitizing their immune system to the threat. That said, always talk to your health care provider before exposing your children to peanuts.
If you have a history of peanut allergies or your child appears at risk for the same, seek care from a board-certified allergist. A thorough evaluation and closely monitored testing can shed light on whether you have a true allergy.
Testing may include skin and blood tests. In certain cases, an oral food challenge can resolve the issue. You consume tiny amounts of peanut-based products and are supervised closely for a reaction.
High-risk infants and those with severe eczema and/or egg allergy can also benefit from peanut allergy testing. Depending on the results of the testing, they may also be candidates for a food challenge. Because of the severe medical consequences associated with peanut allergies, however, it’s never recommended you try this at home.
Schedule a visit at Advanced Allergy & Asthma today for more information regarding peanut allergies and how to avoid exposure if you are allergic. Call the office or book your appointment online.