If one suffers from a peanut allergy then there are several foods that need to be avoided so that the allergy doesn’t worsen. Read through the following list to get a better understanding of the same.
Allergies are more common than you think. The kind of things that people can be allergic to range from food to cloth materials, to air born substances (many more as well). Food allergies are one of the most common allergies that affect people and it is one such allergy, namely the peanut allergy that we will be focusing on. Peanut allergy symptoms manifest themselves almost instantly in those people who have an allergy to it. Avoiding peanuts thus becomes imperative. But along with that, there are certain foods that trigger the symptoms that are brought on by this allergy, and therefore identifying these becomes necessary.
Reactions to Allergies
As mentioned earlier, a person can have allergies of different kinds, but an allergy at the base of it is due to the same driving force. The immune system of the body mistakes a substance as being harmful for the body and reacts by producing antibodies namely histamines and immunoglobulin E which are responsible for fighting off these ‘invading’ substances. But the production of these histamines causes the body to react in an adverse way―it affects the overall functioning and leads to allergy symptoms. Some of the same are listed below:
- There is itching and redness, which may be followed by redness of the skin and emergence of skin rashes.
- There might be a formation of tiny red bumps all over the skin surface.
- Congestion of chest is noticed.
- Runny nose
- Sneezing and watering of eyes.
- Wheezing and coughing
- Lightheartedness and a feeling of fainting
- Nausea and diarrhea
- Stomach cramps
These are some of the symptoms that a peanut allergy will lead to and that is the main reason why it is important to have a specialized diet in place.
Food Avoidance List
There are certain foods and food types that need to be avoided in order to prevent an allergic reaction from setting in. Here are some of the foods to avoid for a peanut allergy.
There is a high chance that if you’re allergic to peanuts, you might also be allergic to all nuts. Therefore, avoiding nuts in general prevents the onset of these symptoms and puts you at less risk. Nuts like cashew nut, hazel nut, pecan nut, chestnuts, pistachios, walnuts, Brazil nuts, almonds, and others might be putting you at high risk.
Along with the actual nuts, there is a need to avoid certain by-products of these nuts as well. These include oil, butter, extracts, pastes, nougat, shampoos, and the like. There is a need to check the label of all the products that you buy so that these ingredients can be outed.
These are some of the other products that might have peanut content in varying degrees.
- Hot chocolate
- Egg rolls
- Different sauces
- Candy bars
- Baked goods
- Ice creams
- Cuisines of Asia and Africa
- Foods containing lupine
Even though this list has been given, it is important to know that there could be several other foods that could have traces of peanuts or any other nuts in them and might lead to an allergic reaction. Therefore, the need is to be absolutely sure about the kind of food you’re consuming and the ingredients that it contains.