Tree Nut Allergy

Nut allergy is one of the most common food allergies which may result in a severe life-threatening allergic reaction even if taken in small amounts. Children could develop nut allergy (such as, to peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cashews, hazelnuts, etc.); however, it may vary from one person to another. That is, some people are allergic to most nuts, but others can be allergic to one or few types only. Symptoms of nut allergy may appear within minutes of consumption, and vary in severity from one person to another.

Symptoms of nut allergy

  • Itching of the mouth and throat.
  • • Gastrointestinal upset may cause diarrhea, stomach cramps and nausea.
  • difficulty of breathing and wheezing.
  • Skin itching or eczema and rash.
  • Swollen throat causing difficulty breathing.
  • Dizziness or feeling faint due to hypotension.

A doctor shall be contacted regarding any allergic reaction to any type of tree nuts, and how to deal with it, regardless of its degree of severity, whether in adults or children. Also, allergy laboratory tests shall be conducted as the reaction may differ each time. Accordingly, an epinephrine autoinjector (needle) shall be precautionary provided to use when needed.

The most important risk factors for tree nut allergy

  • Having a family member who is allergic to certain types of food.
  • Having allergy to any type of food.
  • asthma.
  • Eczema.

The most important tips regarding people with nut allergy

  • Always read the entire ingredient label carefully to make sure that they are free from allergens.
  • Always be cautious when eating outdoors.
  • Speak to children suffering from food allergy to help them be acquainted with types of food that are safe for them.
  • Consider having separate utensils to be used by the person with food allergy.
  • At home, keep foods containing allergens in a safe place out of the reach of allergic children.