Symptoms of a peanut allergy
Peanut allergy is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when the immune system overreacts to proteins found in peanuts.
When someone with a peanut allergy consumes peanuts or peanut products, their immune system mistakenly identifies these proteins as harmful & triggers an allergic reaction.
Symptoms of a peanut allergy can range from mild to severe & can include hives, & itching.
It also includes swelling, difficulty breathing, & even anaphylaxis, a severe & potentially deadly reaction that can cause the body to go into shock.
Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies, affecting around 1-2% of the population.
It typically develops in childhood & is often a lifelong condition.
The exact cause of peanut allergy is unknown, but research suggests that both genetic & environmental factors may play a role.
Currently, there is no cure for peanut allergy. Treatment involves strict avoidance of peanuts & peanut products.
As well as carrying an epinephrine auto-injector in case of accidental exposure.
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