Recognizing and Dealing With Nut Allergies

Recognizing and Dealing With Nut Allergies

Protect your children, your family and your lives by reading this important book. Recognizing And Dealing With Nut Allergies There are dozens of different nut allergies that exist and each allergy requires different methods to treat it. Don't assume that your doctors will tell you if there's something wrong, you need to learn for yourself what the warning signs are, what the symptoms are and how to treat the allergy if in fact you or someone in your family has it.

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. . . if you should avoid coconut and water chestnuts if you have a tree nut allergy Ask your doctor. Even though coconut is a nut, it's usually okay. Some people do react to coconut. Regarding water chestnuts, they're from a plant root, not a nut so enjoy them Carry your own food on airlines. Ask for the peanut-free snack if you have a peanut allergy.

Be careful to note allergenic ingredients

For example, for a tree nut allergy Ground nuts added to a muffin batter or a breading mix may go unnoticed. Even a bottle of gourmet barbecue sauce may have nuts For a fish allergy Bottled fish sauce in a stir-fry, Worcestershire sauce, or salad dressing could be an undetected problem. Anchovies flavor some Italian foods, such as caponata. For an egg allergy Sometimes eggs are used to hold meatballs and fish croquettes together. For a soy allergy Soy flours and soy protein are used in increasingly more baked goods and other prepared foods.

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. . . if vegetarian eating supplies adequate nutrition for breast-feeding A vegetarian mom who consumes dairy products, and perhaps eggs, can easily get enough nutrients. For vegans, who avoid all foods of animal origin, calcium, vitamin D, iron, and vitamin B12 need special attention. See 'The Vegetarian Mom in chapter 20. if you can pass food allergens through breast milk to your baby For starters, it's highly unlikely that your baby can't tolerate breast milk allergic reactions from human milk are extremely rare. While uncommon, some babies react to allergens passed through breast milk-for example, cow milk protein or protein in peanuts. If your family has a history of food allergies, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises avoiding peanuts during the nursing period to lower your baby's peanut allergy risk. If you suspect an allergy, never make the diagnosis yourself Talk to your doctor. Then get help from a registered dietitian to help you manage any allergy and continue...

Food Allergies What Are They

However, some foods are more likely than others to set off a reaction. Milk, eggs, wheat, and soy, as well as fish, crustacea (especially shrimp), peanuts, and tree nuts (such as walnuts), are the most common foods with allergens, causing 90 percent of allergic reactions. Raw soybeans and soy sprouts tend to be more allergenic than tofu, tempeh, and miso. An allergy to egg, milk, soy, or wheat often is outgrown. A peanut allergy usually lasts for life.

Specific food allergies

Allergic responses to many food proteins have been described. The most common in childhood are to cows' milk, soy, eggs and fish, with peanut allergy rapidly becoming more common.1,3,4,24 However, intolerance to fruits, vegetable, meats, chocolate, Peanut allergy is concerning, because of its rising incidence and its propensity to induce severe anaphylaxis.3,4,24,25 It is particularly important in childhood allergy as a cause of fatal anaphylactic reaction.108 Even trace amounts of peanut can cause death in those severely sensitized. The surge in peanut hypersensitivity may relate to novel patterns of exposure, and there is recent evidence to suggest that percutaneous sensitization may be more important than simple ingestion.108 Analysis of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children identified that prenatal sensitization was extremely uncommon, but that peanut allergy was associated with intake of soy milk, rash over joints or a crusted oozing rash, and in particular use of...

Future challenges and opportunities in food allergy

Relevant therapeutic antibodies that have reached clinical trials include two anti-IgE monoclonals. The humanized monoclonal anti-IgE rhu Mab E-25, which binds to the constant region of IgE, and thus prevents IgE binding to its high- or low-affinity receptors, has shown promising effects in allergic asthma.175 In a potentially very important study, the humanized IgG1 anti-IgE monoclonal TNX-901 showed clear promise in the treatment of established peanut allergy.113 Using a dose of 450mg, given subcutaneously at 4-weekly intervals for 16 weeks, treated patients showed an increase in reaction threshold to peanut from 178 to 2805g, essentially the difference between half a peanut and nine peanuts. A dose-dependent increase in reaction threshold was seen from 150-450mg doses. This represents a clinically worthwhile increase in reaction threshold, and would substantially reduce the chances of inadvertent consumption of sufficient peanut to trigger anaphylaxis. 3. Ewan P. Clinical study of...

Testing for food allergies Food challenge testing

Roberts and Lack79 have extrapolated from the data from Sporik et al to suggest that a more precise risk value can be obtained using the Fagan likelihood nomogram,82 in which the risk of true reaction based on history is used together with the result of the skin prick to determine the overall likelihood of true sensitization. They provide an example where a child with low pre-test likelihood of peanut sensitization (headache and vomiting 4h after a peanut butter sandwich) would have a 0.2 likelihood of true peanut allergy with a 3 mm wheal, rising to 5 with a 6mm wheal and > 99 only at 10 mm, in contrast to a child with a high pre-test likelihood (urticaria and wheeze on two occasions within minutes of accidental peanut exposure), who would have a 15 likelihood of true peanut allergy with a negative skin prick test, rising to 70 with a 3 mm reaction and 96 with a 6 mm reaction.

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Allergies to cows' milk, eggs and soybeans are more likely to be outgrown than allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, fish and crustaceans. Peanut and tree nut allergies are virtually never outgrown. The basis for this development of tolerance to the offending food is not fully understood. Some foods tend to provoke more severe allergic reactions than others. Peanuts and tree nuts also seem more likely to elicit severe reactions than milk and eggs. The most common allergenic foods on a worldwide basis are cows' milk, eggs, peanuts, soybeans, tree nuts, wheat, crustaceans and fish (15). Allergies to cows' milk, eggs, soybeans and wheat are much more common among infants than among adults because these food allergies are frequently outgrown. Other countries may experience different patterns of food allergy. In Japan, for example, peanut allergy is rare, while soybean and rice allergies are much more common than in North America. This is probably the result of the popularity of...