Nut Allergies: Synopsis

Today’s post is a quick synopsis about nut allergies. We’ll cover what reactions are like, the varying severity, the types of nuts allergies and more!

What is a nut allergy?
A nut allergy is a broad term because some who are allergic to nuts say that it is only peanuts/peanut butter that they cannot have while others are allergic to tree nuts. Tree nuts include, but are not limited to, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, coconuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, pine nuts, Shea nut and walnuts. Peanuts are considered legumes while a tree nuts essentially is a hard-shelled fruit.
Notes: some tree nuts may not affect you while others do. I have run into this discrepancy with coconut oil in many grocery store products, as it does not affect me.

What should I avoid?
Solid nuts are an obvious to avoid but with so many uses for nuts, sometimes you never know where they might be. You can find nut oils and flours in Chinese food for example. Nut butters are popular with the rise of Nutella and nut oils are also used in organic shampoos and makeup. The one thing to remember here is to always research ingredients and be aware. A more detailed list of nuts to avoid can be found here.

What is a reaction like? 
While we should already know that anaphylaxis is a severe reaction to allergens, the other minor reactions that just take a bit of Benadryl to soothe are not usually talked about. Other symptoms of a reaction to an allergen include tingling of the mouth, hives, dry mouth, the feeling of your throat closing up or not being able to swallow. Within an hour if you have ingested an allergen your body will react to it. In the case of anaphylaxis of course, an EpiPen is needed to inject into the outer thigh.