Here is some information about nut allergies. Many people worry about having a nut allergy because they hear about anaphylactic shock, a relatively rare symptom. Other symptoms are possible. I wouldn’t be too paranoid about it, but certainly be on the look-out if you suspect a nut allergy.
Nuts, beans and fruit pips are all related. In other words they are all seeds. People most often have allergies to the following:
- Cashew nuts
- Brazil nuts
Note that peanuts are not really a nut although they are a kind of seed.
You may react to just one of the seeds, if you do there is a higher chance that you are allergic to one or more of the others. You may also be allergic to seeds that are less often allergens for example coffee or chocolate, both of which are produced from seeds.
Immediate onset allergy causing foods are most often peanuts and nuts. Tree nuts include almonds walnuts pecans and cashews among others. Many people are allergic to peanuts. A peanut is not a nut, it is a legume. Legumes include beans peas and lentils of these foods are less commonly allergens.
Unfortunately, children rarely outgrow allergies to nuts and peanuts. They are more likely to outgrow allergies to foods like milk, and eggs.
Nut Allergy Symptoms
Immediate onset allergic reactions to nuts can start as quite minor, for example a runny nose, a skin rash all over the body, or tingling tongue. Symptoms may stay the same but they may also become worse with multiple exposures. You may experience difficulty in breathing swelling of the throat or other parts of the body, dizziness or unconsciousness. This can lead to anaphylactic shock, a very serious condition.
Other symptoms you may encounter include hives, tightness of the throat, a hoarse voice, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and lightheadedness.
Keep in mind that although there is a lot of public attention around the fatal effective nuts, not everybody experiences the fatal allergic reaction to these foods.