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We're nuts with allergies; Family surgery Peanut allergies.

Byline: DR GARETH SMITH

PEANUT allergies are on the increase and - scientists are still unclear why that is the case.

They are most common in people who have other allergic conditions such as eczema or asthma but anyone can develop a peanut allergy.

After exposure the allergic reaction can proceed rapidly and can occasionally be fatal.

Signs of a reaction include: swollen lips, eyes or tongue' tightness in the mouth, chest or throat' difficulty swallowing or breathing' rapid heartbeat and sweating' loss of consciousness.

The best treatment is prevention and anyone who has the allergy should always be aware when they are eating out or in unfamiliar surroundings to check that their food is peanut free.

If a reaction does occur then the only treatment is with epinephrine (adrenaline) given by injection, which should be carried at all times.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 7, 2006
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