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Brazil Nut Allergy
Nut allergy is a condition where the immune system reacts to exposure to nuts, often with difficulty breathing, swelling, hives, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Typically one is allergic to all forms of tree nuts, including Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts, but not to ...Read more
Potentially serious: Nut allergic reactions can range from mild to severe and life threatening. Most fatalities from food allergy are from accidental ingestion of peanut or nuts. It may take only a very, very small amount to cause a serious reaction or in some cases a "threshold" has to be reached. The reaction could be hives, swelling, anaphylaxis, cough, wheezing, throat tightness, vomit/diarrhea, flushing, itch. ...Read more
Ask and inform: As with any food allergy, ID and avoidance of the particular allergen is the only way to prevent an exposure. If you are traveling to a country where health care facilities are limited you want to bring enough medication to deliver anything that might have been used for ongoing care. But !!! before having to treat yourself make sure you know exactly how to ask if dishes contain nuts. Be vigilan ...Read more
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
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