6 Symptoms of Nut Allergies
Are allergies a big deal? The simple answer: Yes. From peanuts to gluten to milk products – food allergies are more prevalent than ever.
According to WebMD, the most common cause of the life-threatening allergic reaction referred to as anaphylaxis is peanuts. It's important to know if your child has a nut allergy, as even small amounts of nuts could trigger an allergic reaction.
For this reason, parents should always be mindful of the symptoms of an allergic reaction so they can recognize and respond to one immediately. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of an allergic reaction include:
- hives, redness, or swelling on the skin;
- itching or tingling in the throat and mouth;
- diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, or vomiting;
- tightness in the throat;
- difficulty breathing; and
- runny nose.
Whether or not your child’s reaction to nuts is severe, you should speak to your doctor if your child has any of these symptoms. Diagnosing an allergy could prevent future reactions. Additionally, you should seek emergency treatment if your child experiences:
- swelling of the throat or airways;
- severe drop in blood pressure;
- rapid pulse; or
- dizziness or loss of consciousness.