Among the allergies, food allergy is very common in Americans, almost 2 to 3 percent of Americans suffer from various food allergies. This includes peanut and peanut products like peanut butter.
Peanut and peanut butter allergy is extremely common in child’s first few years. While many people outgrow food allergy symptoms, most of them do not outgrow peanut and peanut butter allergy.
Like fish and shellfish, peanut butter allergy is sudden in onset and can cause life threatening anaphylaxis reaction.
What is the cause of peanut butter allergy?
When the immune system in an individual mistakenly believes the protein present in peanut and peanut butter as foreign and harmful, the IgE antibodies of the immune system trigger the release of histamine. It is this histamine which causes various allergic symptoms.
Peanut Butter Allergy Symptoms
- Skin allergy: allergic rash and hives are most common after eating peanut butter in a hypersensitive person having peanut allergy. The rash appears on the face and around the mouth; however it can occur in any part of the body.
- Gastrointestinal allergy symptoms: pain in abdomen, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea are most common allergic reaction noted in peanut butter allergy.
- Respiratory symptoms: running nose, watery eyes, cough and asthma, sneezing. The reaction can also occur if from inhaling peanut dust or peanut shell, besides eating peanut butter.
- Few people can have anaphylaxis reaction after eating peanut butter. It is a serious life threatening reaction. Low blood pressure, breathing difficulty, slow pulse, dizziness, perspiration and fainting are symptoms of anaphylaxis.
Home Remedy For Allergy Symptoms
Home remedy for peanut butter allergy symptom in mild cases:
- Vomiting can be controlled with peppermint, it also relieves intestinal cramps.
- Drinking half glass of lime juice is beneficial for controlling vomiting if it is not severe.
- Apply rose water to the skin surface. It will relieve itching.
- Chamomile tea is a natural anti histamine. Drink one cup of chamomile tea to relieve sneezing. Do not take it if you are allergic to ragweed.
Peanut Butter Allergy Treatment
- Avoid eating peanuts and peanut products including peanut butter.
- Read the labels carefully before using products. Do not use the products having peanut butter or peanut as a part of the ingredient. Peanut butter is often used in ice cream, cookies, candy bars etc.
- Medical practitioners prescribe antihistamines in a person having peanut butter allergy.
- In case of anaphylaxis reaction, immediate medical attention is needed.