More about peanut butter allergy


More and more people are aware of peanut butter allergy. This is probably due to an increase in the number of people with allergies to peanuts and peanuts in greater extent in food.


The incidence of peanut butter allergy is now comparable to figures from the U.S. and England, viz. 0.6% of the population. Also the severe allergic reactions that can occur in some raises fears in people with peanut allergies and their families.

What is a peanut?

peanut butter allergyGroundnut is also known as peanut and the words used somewhat interchangeably.

A peanut is botanically not a nut, but a legume and is more related to green peas, soy, lentils, green beans, lima beans and lupines.

What is peanut butter allergy?

Peanut butter allergy means that the body reacts inappropriately to some of the proteins found in peanuts and peanut butter.

For the very most part comes reaction after a short time (within 5 min.).

Most have their peanut allergy entire life. Recent studies show that about. 20% outgrow their allergy to peanuts and peanut butter.

What causes peanut butter allergy?

Why do some people develop allergies to peanuts and peanut butter, while others do not, remains unclear. Evidence suggests that inheritance plays a central role. This means that children born to parents who have an allergic disease are more likely to develop an allergic disease.

In order to develop allergies, it is necessary that you have met the allergen. But so far there is no basis for saying that, if you want to prevent allergies in your child should avoid such eating peanuts during pregnancy or breastfeeding, or for your child to avoid peanuts in food or creams.

What symptoms are there on peanut allergy and peanut butter?

peanut butter allergyThere are many different symptoms of peanut allergy and peanut butter.

The majority of patients with allergy symptoms are of two or more organ systems at the same time, and most of the symptoms that arise from the skin, respiratory tract and gastrointestinal tract.

The doctor distinguishes between what you feel and what your doctor can see and measure.

Most people with peanut allergies generally experience:

Itching of the mouth and lips, nausea, stomach pain, fatigue, eye itching, shortness of breath and itching.

What you can see is:

Urticaria, allergic rhinitis, red and watery eyes, a worsening of atopic dermatitis, angioedema, asthma and allergic shock (anaphylaxis)

What are hives?

Hives, also called urticaria, seen as volatile intensely itchy nettle. A nettle is a pale / white cushion-shaped increase in skin with surrounding redness. With fleeting thought that they usually only found a place a few hours at a time and then disappear and show up somewhere else.

What is angioedema?

There is no useful Danish name for angioedema. As for hives angioedema is characterized by swelling of the skin, but the swelling of angioedema located deeper in the skin. This is especially the skin of the face, mouth and throat and hands, which rises and it is especially swelling of the mouth and upper airways, which can be dangerous because of the risk of suffocation.

What is allergic shock (anaphylaxis)?

Anaphylaxis is the most severe and dangerous allergic reaction. It can start with itching of the palms and soles, runny nose, cough, vomiting, bowel motions, hives and difficulty breathing (asthma) and develop with blood pressure and seizures. Untreated it can be allergic shock death.


Peanut allergy and peanut butter can cause severe allergic reactions, and therefore it is important to know how to deal with it have and peanut butter allergy. The cornerstone is to know the amount of allergen / groundnut, which is needed for a reaction to occur in just you. Some may respond to only 0.1 milligrams, while others take a handful before they experience symptoms.

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