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The Peanut Allergy

Peanut allergy is one of the most prevalent allergies in the world. The allergy to peanuts can range from severe to mild symptoms, depending on the case. Peanut allergy is widespread among children. 

The peanut allergy is not airborne. An airborne allergy is a biological substance that triggers an immune system when it enters the body. Meaning, if someone is eating something with peanuts across the room, you will not have an allergic reaction. 

An allergic reaction

Symptoms Mild symptoms 

  • A rash 
  • Hives
  • Runny nose 

Severe symptoms 

  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Repetitive coughing 
  • Vomiting 
  • Swollen lips 
  • Hives spread all over the body 

 

Causes 

The peanut allergy causes an immune response where the body identifies peanuts as something dangerous that needs to be destroyed. Exposure to peanuts can occur in many ways:

  1. Direct contact refers to when someone eats peanuts or something that contains peanuts.  
  2. Cross-contact is an unintended allergic reaction that happens when someone who is allergic to peanuts encounters the allergen. For example, when a baked good is cooked in the same oven as peanuts (peanut protein molecules) remain in the oven, it can trigger an allergic reaction. Scenario – someone makes peanut butter cookies. The next day someone wants to make allergy-free cookies. To make allergy-free cookies, they would need to sterilize every single item they need to use, including measuring cups, measuring spoons, the counter, the oven, and even the oven's handle. If they do not sterilize everything properly, they can have an allergic reaction because of cross-contamination.
  3. Inhalation refers to when you accidentally inhale an allergen (it can be in dust). 

 

New treatment for the peanut allergy 

There aren't many ways to treat food allergies so far. However, oral immunotherapy has proven to work on decreasing one's reaction to peanuts. In oral immunotherapy, patients eat a controlled amount of peanut (or any other allergen) protein to build up a tolerance to the allergen slowly. This form of treatment has proven to reduce one's allergies by up to 60%. 

 

Conclusion 

A peanut allergy might seem like a bleak reality, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Every day there are new allergy treatments that are being developed. Maybe in a few years, there will be a treatment for food allergies that will work in every patient and help them live normal lives. 

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