Nut allergy treatments in Atlanta

As one of the leading causes of anaphylaxis, nut allergies can trigger life-threatening physical reactions upon exposure. But while parents and children with nut allergies are rightfully wary of allergic reactions, professional food allergy treatment will reduce the risk. Chacko Food Allergy Treatment Center has spent years treating patients with food allergies in Atlanta and is all too familiar with the impact on families. So, what nut allergies are most likely to pose a health risk?

7 Most Common Nut Allergies in the United States

According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, tree nut allergies affect 1.2% of the U.S. adult population. Meanwhile, the Allergy and Asthma Network points out that 1.2% of children are also impacted.

If these figures seem lower than anticipated, it’s likely because peanut allergies are not included here (1.8% of adults and 2.2% of children in the U.S.). This is because despite their name, peanuts are actually legumes. And while peanuts and tree nuts do share similar proteins, there are distinct differences. Here are the main nut allergies a person is likely to encounter.

1. Cashew Allergies

Cashews are a popular type of nut that is used in various dishes and also as a snack. However, a study published by Pediatric Asthma, Allergy & Immunology found that cashew allergies actually resulted in more severe allergic reactions than peanuts. Most people are familiar with the risks associated with peanuts, yet the threat from cashews is less frequently discussed.

2. Hazelnut Allergies

Hazelnut allergies usually develop in infants, and reactions can be severe. In addition, people with hay fever could experience cross-reactive responses due to protein similarities.

3. Almond Allergies

We recently discussed if a peanut allergy means being allergic to all nuts. As mentioned above, peanuts and tree nuts are not the same thing, but the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology has identified cross-reactivity links between almonds and peanuts.

4. Brazil Nut Allergies

Brazil nuts are a popular dairy alternative, but they are a leading cause of allergies in children. Similar to the issue with hazelnuts, pollen allergies may indicate a higher risk of a Brazil nut allergy.

5. Pecan Allergies

A pecan allergy can trigger skin hives, itching, swelling, wheezing, shortness of breath, nausea and the possible threat of anaphylaxis.

6. Pistachio Allergies

Due to similarities in the allergenic proteins in cashews and pistachios, people with cashew allergies are also likely to experience allergic reactions to pistachios.

7. Walnut Allergies

Walnuts are found in cereals, salads, cooking oils and many other dishes. Symptoms range from mild to severe and, as with other tree nut allergies, they can be treated with medication and oral immunotherapy treatment.

Dependable Nut Allergy Treatments in the Atlanta Area

If you or your child has experienced an allergic reaction after exposure to peanuts or tree nuts, contact Chacko Food Allergy Treatment Center today. We provide nut allergy diagnosis and treatment at centers in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Druid Hills, Duluth and Johns Creek. Call (678) 668-4688 or request an appointment now.

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