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What is a nut allergy?

What is a nut allergy?

Allergy to nuts : A nut allergy is an allergic, meaning IgE-based immunological response to foods commonly called nuts, which include peanuts (really legumes), tree nuts like almonds, pecans, walnuts, macadamias, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, pistachios, as well as sometimes seeds like sunflower "nuts". Symptoms include itching, hives, swelling, throat closing, flushing, asthma, shock and rarely, death. ...Read more

Dr. Paul Carter
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Nut Allergy (Definition)

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


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How did i form my tree nut allergy?

How did i form my tree nut allergy?

Great question: Unfortunately, the exact reason people develop nut allergies is unclear. It is likely a combination of being genetically predisposed and environmental exposure. One theory is early exposure to lotions or oils containing nut protein applied to infants who have thin skin or eczema. The nut protein is absorbed and body senses it as "abnormal" and make allergic antibodies. Why in adults? Not sure. ...Read more

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What could cause a tree nut allergy?

What could cause a tree nut allergy?

Genes & environment: The tendency to develop allergies to foods & other innocuous environmental things is inherited. Allergy to tree nuts & peanuts probably occurs because exposure is too low during the critical period when the infant's immune system is sorting out self from dangerous stuff & foreign but safe stuff. Allergists currently think that early exposure to tree nuts might prevent allergy to these foods. ...Read more

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How can someone outgrow a tree nut allergy?

How can someone outgrow a tree nut allergy?

Not likely to clear: As a child the odds of a tree nut allergy clearing are one in five. As an adult less than that. ...Read more

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What can I do if I have a tree nut allergy?

Avoid tree nuts: Tree nut allergy along with peanut and shellfish allergies occur in children and adults. The primary treatment is strict avoidance. Individuals with one or more of these sensitivities should have Epinephrine (epi-pen) for immediate use. There are increasing numbers of reports of sucessful oral desensitivity for peanuts. Hopefully there will be generally accepted, safe protocols to desensitize ...Read more

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Is it possible to outgrow my tree nut allergy?

Is it possible to outgrow my tree nut allergy?

Not likely: Tree nut allergy is very rarely outgrown, especially at the age of 44. ...Read more

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Any tips for traveling with a tree nut allergy?

Any tips for traveling with a tree nut allergy?

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

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Is it okay to drink jagermeister with nut allergy?

Is it okay to drink jagermeister with nut allergy?

I'd avoid it...: While the exact recipe is a trade secret, I've seen reports of pine nut allergic patients experiencing reactions. I've asked patients to avoid this alcohol in the past, particularly those with any tree nut allergy. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a five year old develop a nut allergy?

Is it possible for a five year old develop a nut allergy?

Yes: Allergies can develop in anyone to anything at any time. If you suspect that he is allergic to nuts or anything else for that matter then take him to an immunologist for testing, it may save his life. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

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