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Help I Am Allergic To Nuts

Aug 18, 2007
If you have a nuts allergy then you suffer from allergies type 1 what is also called contact allergies. Nut allergy is different than a peanut allergy because peanuts are not part of the nut family. Peanuts are considered part of the legumes family, which includes peas, lima beans, lentils and soybeans. The symptoms for a peanut allergy and a nut allergy are the same however; someone suffering from a peanut allergy will not necessarily be allergic to nuts.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has estimated that the majority of food allergy patients have an allergy to Nuts. Nuts and nut oil is used in so many foods preparations that avoiding them can be very difficult. At the present time there is no known cure for allergies that involve food. Everyone that is allergic to nuts should wear a Medical Alert Bracelet identifying the specific food intolerance.

A very severe nut allergy can cause an anaphylaxis reaction, which is the leading cause of death for allergy sufferers. An anaphylactic reaction can cause the airways to constrict, making breathing difficult and your blood pressure to drop to life-threatening levels. Symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, stomach cramps, swelling of the face, itching, wheezing, and hives. Seek immediate emergency treatment if any breathing difficulty arises during an allergy attack.

During an allergic attack antibodies and histamines are releases into the blood stream in an attempt to neutralize the nut protein, which causes of most food allergies. Why some people overreact to specific proteins is unclear and more studies are needed. Food allergies can become worst over time and the more times you are exposed to the offending allergen the worst the symptom can become.

Avoidance of nut-containing foods is the only effective treatment for people who are allergic to nuts. Avoidance can be very difficult because nuts are often hidden in other foods or are used in many of the common food processing techniques. Until a cure is found, read the labels of every food that you bring into your home. Because the manufacturing processes change continuously re-read the labels each time you purchase a product.

Common vitamins and over the counter products can help with nut allergies such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Allergy Aid, Eucalyptus, Glucosamine, M.S.M, and Quercitin.

Vitamin C is nature's protective nutrient, essential for defending the body against pollution and infection and enhances the bodies' immune system. Take 1,000 to 5,000 mg daily.

Vitamin E accelerates wound healing and aids in the functioning of the immune system.

Allergy Aid supplies 9 beneficial herb's to help provide temporary relief of respiratory allergies. The natural action of these specific herb's help to open bronchial tubes and ease breathing.

Use eucalyptus or olbas oil in boiling water and inhale the steam that is being generated. This treatment is also very good for any type of stuffy nose due to a cold, flu or allergy problems. Both readily diffuse into the air and can provide benefits to nasal and bronchial areas.

Glucosamine Plus provides cartilage nutrition for healthy joints and is an anit-inflammatory. Promotes flexible and healthy joints by maintaining the lubrication levels in the joint area.

M.S.M maintains the development of the body's protein by forming flexible disulfide bonds between certain amino acids and in maintaining the strength of connective tissue. This allows water and nutrients to flow freely into cells and allows toxins to flow freely out of the cells. M.S.M increases athletic stamina and helps eliminate muscle soreness. M.S.M is a natural supplement that is getting a lot of attention due to its role in tissue healing at the cellular level. It is a natural organic sulfur that comes from rain fall and is found naturally in the human body.

Quercitin is a well known flavonoid. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants and can reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, and strengthen blood vessels, and improve circulation. Quercitin is also known for its ability to block the release of histamines, thus reducing or preventing allergy symptoms. Take 500 mg twice daily.

If you are allergic to nuts then find a good health care professional prior to starting any type of home treatment.

Always consult your doctor before using this information.

This Article is nutritional in nature and is not to be construed as medical advice.
About the Author
David Cowley has created numerous articles on allergies. He has also created a Web Site dedicated to allergies and how to treat them. Visit Allergy Treatment
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