Elk Grove Chiropractor Dr. Doug Ferguson DC 95758, Rhino Chiropractic

Be Respectful Of Allergy Sufferers

Food allergies are a serious problem but the most serious is a peanut allergy. Approximately 80% of all cases are seriously fatal, which could end in death or hospitalization. The United States alone has a rate of 1.5 million known peanut allergies and this rate is constantly climbing. Our First World friends are seeing the same trend in their country.

No one may know the exact cause of allergies, but there is a great understanding in the process that produces the reactions. No matter how understood of the circumstance, people should be considerate, respectful, and conscientious to those who suffer with a peanut allergy because it takes just one touch to stimulate a reaction that could put the sufferer in a coma.

An allergy is an immune system retort to the body deciding food poses a serious threat. The immune system produces an antibody, Immunoglobulin E (IgE), to fight foods that it thinks is a threat to the system. A peanut allergy does this same exact thing. It would take several exposures to develop IgE. When a person with a peanut allergy is exposed to peanuts; the body triggers histamines to battle the proteins which in turn causes an allergic reaction.

In mild allergy cases, also known as an individualised prejudice to the system; intestinal issues and heartburn will most likely accompany the ingestion of peanuts. In a serious allergy case, the sufferer would develop skin rashes, hives, slight asthma attack, or an accelerated heart rate. While in an extreme case, anaphylaxis happens, a state of unconsciousness that leads into a coma. In either case, the patient needs to be treated immediately with a epinephrine shot to suppress the immune system.

The medical studies show us that children under the age of four, who are exposed to peanut proteins, show an increased chance of developing peanut allergies than their parents did. In most cases, children do grow out of allergies. A medical professional should determine this fact. Family history is a major factor meaning that if their parent is allergic to peanuts than they will be allergic.

If a peanut allergy is assumed to be the case, a medical professional, to confirm the findings, should conduct allergy testing. Medical professionals will test patients on two aspects, skin testing where they are directly embedded with proteins under the skin, which will cause a rash if there is an allergy, and a blood test to look for IgE in the blood system.

Doctors suspect, by the growing peanut allergy in First World countries, that people can alter their immune system by eradicating diseases by cleaning their environment. The lack of threats in the natural environment, may lead the immune system to develop allergies to ordinary foods. They also suspect that the heavy use of peanut-based products in foods could be contributing to the problem too. It is not easy to avoid exposure to peanut products since they are found nearly everywhere.

The World Health Organization estimates that 2 billion illnesses and 1.8 million deaths yearly are the products of unsafe food. The safety market has increased regulation and significant pressure, pushing responsibility up the global supply chain.

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