Nut Allergy Survival Tips

National Nut Day falls annually on the 22nd of October. It’s the day when we recognize the importance of nutritious peanuts and tree nuts and their health benefits which include boosting cardiovascular health and cognitive ability and serving as a great source of protein. Consider some of the ways nuts can contribute to health:

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  • Almonds contain calcium for bone-building as well as Vitamin E for healthy skin.
  • Brazil contain selenium which helps with thyroid function.
  • Cashews contain iron and zinc as well as magnesium which is thought to help with memory function.

The peanut imposter

Did you know that peanuts aren’t technically a nut? They’re actually a legume! Peanuts grow underground whereas true nuts such as almonds, cashews, or Brazil nuts grow on trees. That’s right. Peanuts are technically beans!

Nut Allergies

Like other foods, peanuts contain proteins that evoke allergic reactions in some people. For some, nuts can be a minor inconvenience. For others, nut allergies can be life threatening.

  • Nut allergy is a common food allergy in kids and adults.

  • The majority of nut allergy cases are mild.

  • Some rare cases lead to anaphylaxis – a potentially fatal allergic reaction.

  • Nut allergies tends to be a lifelong experience. Only approximately nine percent of kids with a nut allergy outgrow it.

  • A person allergic to one type of nut is likely to be allergic to other nuts.

Nut Allergy Symptoms:

A nut allergy may manifest through skin reactions, respiratory problems, and some digestive issues. Here are some symptoms:

  • Hives

  • Skin rashes or redness

  • Swelling

  • Sneezing

  • Sore throat

  • Stuffy or runny nose

  • Nausea

  • Stomach Cramps


Managing Nut Allergies
For those who have nut allergies, avoid allergens when possible. Read product labels carefully, and learn what to do in case a reaction occurs. When eating out or having meals prepared, be cautious. Don’t hesitate to ask servers or cooks about the ingredients used in a dish.

Also, consider inquiring about sublingual immunotherapy which can help desensitize you to nut allergens. Contact AllergyEasy to seek an allergist near you who offers sublingual immunotherapy for nut allergies.

About The Author

Stuart H. Agren, M.D.

Stuart H. Agren, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed additional training at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and then established his private medical practice starting in 1975. Dr. Agren completed a mini-residency in Industrial Medicine at the Robert Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University and also completed training to become a certified Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Agren was the Medical Director at TRW and McDonnell Douglas in Mesa, Arizona and at Stauffer Chemical and Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.

In his private medical practice, Dr. Agren specialized in family practice and allergy. In his work as a private practice allergist, he was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy to his patients as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). He has also been a trailblazer in the field of food allergy treatment and research, developing a program to treat multiple food allergies simultaneously using sublingual immunotherapy. Dr. Agren has been featured on local CBS, NBC, and ABC news affiliates and won the peer-nominated “Top Doc” award from Phoenix Magazine.

After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Agren became the Founder and President of AllergyEasy, which helps primary care physicians around the country offer allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy treatment to their patients. Over 200 physicians in over 32 states use the AllergyEasy program to help their patients overcome environmental and food allergies and asthma.