Cashew Nut Allergy Symptoms
Cashew nut allergy is associated with severe symptoms. Immunoglobulins are responsible for allergic reaction to various chemicals (allergens). Immunoglobulins attempt to neutralize the action of these allergens, however as a result of an over reaction to the allergen, symptoms of allergy are developed.
The severity of the symptoms in a person allergic to Cashew nuts depend upon the amount of consumption and his/her immune status.
- Gastro-intestinal symptoms which include Nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal cramps with stomach upset
- Dehydration may also set in depending upon the extent of fluid loss due to vomiting and diarrhea
- Eczema with itching of the throat, mouth and eyes is often observed. Eczema may be associated with itchy hives all over the body along with pink skin rash
- Respiratory distress may be observed in severe cases with wheezing and breathlessness. Respiratory distress is often accompanied with swelling of the face
- Mental anxiety and panic are commonly observed
- Rapid drop in blood pressure is observed in severe causes associated with dehydration.
What are the Cures for Cashew Nut Allergy
There is no cure to patients allergic to Cashew nuts. However, being aware of the allergy can help prevent the occurrence of the condition.
Antihistamines are used to reduce the symptoms associated with the condition, namely swelling and itching. Nasal sprays and eye drops can be used to reduce discomfort in the eyes and asthmatic attack.
Homeopathic drugs namely Apis Mel, taken in low dosage has been found to be highly effective in managing skin and respiratory distress during allergic reactions.