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What is the definition or description of: peanut allergy?

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Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 26 years experience
Peanut Allergy: A peanut allergy is an exaggerated immune response due to exposure to peanut protein. The reaction can present with typical symptoms of hives, respiratory symptoms (cough, wheeze, shortness of breath), GI symptoms (abdominal pain, vomiting), swelling, loss of consciousness, and can be fatal. Symptoms typically present within minutes to a couple hours after ingestion or contact.
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 41 years experience
Food allergy: Peanuts can cause allergy symptoms such as hay fever, asthma and even anaphylaxis due to an immune/allergic reaction. A protein called ige is involved in such an allergy response.

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