The National Institute of Health has identified peanuts as one of the most common and deadly food allergies. Peanut allergies affect 3 in every 500 people across the United States and cause more than 50% of food allergy related deaths. There is no treatment available but the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences has sponsored numerous studies to find a viable treatment for peanut allergies.
Food allergies can be incredibly dangerous. Even accidental exposure can cause severe reactions and very few sufferers are able to outgrow them or eventually stop reacting. Some people’s allergies become severe as they grow older but it’s difficult to predict. The best thing to do is avoid being exposed to peanuts or even peanut flavorings and additives that can trigger allergic reactions. If you are unsure whether or not you have allergies, there are numerous educational and informative allergy and asthma videos available from trained and licensed experts to help you identify and diagnose symptoms.
Aside from visiting an allergist, you can also watch allergy and asthma care videos to help you manage your peanut allergies. Here are some basic tips to help manage your peanut allergies:
1. Be careful what you eat.
To avoid the risk of allergic reactions or worse anaphylactic shock, always ask about the ingredients in your food. When eating out always tell the servers, staff and even the chef about your peanut allergies. You’ll never know whether the food you eat may have peanut, peanut butter or peanut flavorings. Ask, clarify, be safe always.
2. Read the label.
Under the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, all manufacturers of packaged food products sold in the U.S. and containing peanuts as an ingredient must indicate the presence of peanuts, in clear language, on the ingredients label. If you are not sure, read the label.
3. In case of severe reactions, administer epinephrine immediately
The most severe allergic reaction to peanuts is anaphylactic shock, where your throat closes and you can’t breathe. Be responsible and carry an epinephrine auto-injector with you at all times.
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