Atlanta peanut allergy rates in adults

Have you experienced a skin rash, itching in the mouth, or even breathing difficulties after eating peanuts? If so, you may be in need of a peanut allergy treatment to prevent a severe reaction. Most people are aware of the dangers to young children from peanut allergies, but discussions on the dangers to Atlanta adults are less prevalent. So, just how common are peanut allergies in adults today?

How Common Are Peanut Allergies in Adults?

While peanut allergies are most common in children, allergies can occur at any age. Of the many allergies that begin at a later stage of life, peanut allergies are among the most common.

Research published by The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that 4.6 million U.S. adults have a peanut allergy, with 800,000 of these developing the allergy after age 18. And while 20–25% of children eventually outgrow their allergy, a majority will face health concerns throughout their life if they don’t seek treatment.

With an increase in the prevalence of peanut allergies in America, further studies have looked at the potential consequences of anaphylaxis or serious illness resulting from food allergies. One study indicated that just under half (48.9%) of food allergy emergency department visits were for people aged 18 or over. Of the total number of emergency department visits, 20.2% were for peanut allergy reactions.

So while peanut allergies are more likely to be found in children, adults still make up a large percentage of the total number of those allergic to peanuts. This fact shows that adults should be aware of the threat of a severe allergic reaction.

How to Identify if You Have a Peanut Allergy

Adults are less likely to be diagnosed with peanut allergies than children – often due to being reluctant to visit an allergy doctor. However, if you spot common symptoms, it is important to get allergy tested. Look out for some of the following symptoms.

  • Skin hives or redness
  • Stomach cramps or sickness
  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Breathing problems or wheezing
  • Itching in the mouth or throat

What Peanut Allergy Treatments Are Available for Atlanta Adults?

If you experience any of these symptoms after eating peanuts, make sure to avoid eating them. This avoidance will also extend to products with traces of peanuts. You will first want to visit your allergist for testing and diagnosis. After peanut allergy testing, your allergist may recommend a medication such as an antihistamine. In addition, oral immunotherapy treatment (or allergy desensitization) could be the preferred option to reduce the dangers of anaphylaxis.

Get Diagnosis and Treatment for Adult Peanut Allergies

Chacko Food Allergy Treatment Center helps many adults suffering from allergic reactions to peanuts. If you are concerned about allergy symptoms that occur with peanuts or other foods, visit one of our centers in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Druid Hills, Duluth or Johns Creek. To reach us, call (678) 668-4688 or request an appointment today.

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