In a nut allergy, the immune system overreacts when you eat nuts. Normally, the immune system helps keep you healthy by defending against harmful germs. But in a nut allergy, the immune system thinks something in the nuts is harmful. So it fights back with an allergic reaction. Sometimes this causes serious or dangerous symptoms.
The best way to treat a nut allergy is to avoid any food that might have nuts. And make sure that you know what to do if you accidentally eat something with nuts in it.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Give an epinephrine shot if:
After giving an epinephrine shot call 911, even if you feel better.
Call 911 if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 6, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Rohit K. Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology
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