Peanut Allergic Reactions – What Other People Are Not Telling You About Overcoming and Curing
As many as one in 200 people may be allergic to peanuts and most schools have one or two children with peanut allergy. It seems to be on the increase and this is believed to be because more people eat peanuts as a snack and more parents give their babies foods made from peanuts.
It is difficult to protect yourself if you have anaphylaxis, and you have to be very careful about what you eat. Peanuts, for instance, turn up unexpectedly in all kinds of foods, not just the more obvious ones such as peanut butter. Traces of nuts can be found in chocolate bars, prepared supermarket meals, airline meals and cakes and desserts.
In October 1993, a 17 year old girl died after eating a slice of lemon meringue pie served to her in the restaurant of a high street chain store. It contained peanuts, to which she was fatally allergic. In another incident, a 19 year old artist dies of an allergic reaction to walnuts, which were in a home made sherry trifle.
Babies can become sensitized to allergens through breast milk and it is wise to avoid eating large quantities of peanuts, almonds, brazil nuts and walnuts if you are breastfeeding, though small quantities will not do harm.
Some nipple creams even contain peanut oil, and formula milk in the 1970s and 1980s contained peanut oil which could sensitize the baby (most manufacturers have now removed it). Research has shown that mothers may sensitize their babies to peanuts before birth as particles of peanut protein eaten by the mother pass through the placea to the baby.
Unrefined peanut oil can bring on a severe reaction, but researchers have found that refined peanut oil will not cause allergic reactions for most acute peanut allergic people, and if anyone does suffer a reaction process removes the peanut protein. The oilseed industry is currently setting up a code of practice to ensure that unrefined peanut oil will always be declared on the label.
If you suffer a peanut allergy it is wise to avoid skin preparations, such as eczema creams, that contain peanut oil. Some scientist think there may be a link between these creams and peanut allergies in children. If you are breastfeeding, avoid nipple creams that contain peanut oil.