You’re NUTS

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When you think of dangerous foods, what do you think of? I think of snakes, alligators, sharks, poisonous frogs. Now, I also think of peanuts! Yes, good old fashion peanuts are now becoming one of the most common allergies; also, one of the most dangerous. Who think bears are dangerous most everyone but the real danger is peanuts. Just look at peanuts from 1997 through 2002 in the United States children with peanut allergies doubled, 30% to 40% of those children won’t out grow the allergy. Peanuts are not really a nut, but a kind of legume related to beans, peas and soybeans family (“Jeff Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinal School of Medicine 1”). The Peanuts look cool, taste great, but also can kill you and there’s no fancy pill or shot. The only cure is to avoid the peanut all together. The cause of the problem is unknown, but the biological process is well understood. When a peanut is ingested into someone who is allergic, their body sees the peanut as harmful. The body produces antibodies (chemicals designed to fight infections), so basically the body goes in to fight or flight mood, and there’s only one thing to do, fight (“Nut and Peanut Allergy1”). When someone is having an allergic reaction, symptoms can be mild like stomachache, runny nose, itchy skin and hives. People who have life threatening reactions called anaphylaxis, symptoms are much worse and may include difficulty breathing and swallowing, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, low blood pressure, and swelling of the lips, tongue, throat and other body parts, also loss of consciousness and even death (Davis). The solution to the problem of peanut allergy is still unknown. There is no pill or shot that one can take to get rid of peanut allergies. The ... ... middle of paper ... ...ther research can be done to find a final solution to peanut allergies. Works Cited Broome, Gerry. Gale. Gale, 27 Mar. 2009. Web. 17 May 2010. Dasmalchi, Arian. “Peanut Allergies in Children.” Panut Alergies in Children. Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Nov. 2003. Web. 14 May 2010. Davis, Bet. “How I Can Advoid an Allergic Reaction.” Ivillage Health. Healthwise, Incorporated, 9 Mar. 2009. Web. 14 May 2010. Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. “Peanut Allergy.” Food Alllergy Initiative. Jaffe Food Allergy Inst at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, n.d. Web. 17 May 2010. KidsHealth from Nemours. “Nut and Peanut Allergy.” KidsHealth. KidsHealth from Nemours, Aug. 2008. Web. 14 May 2010. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER. “Peanut Allergy Risk Factors.” CNN. CNN Health, 23 Apr. 2010. Web. 14 May 2010.
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