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Old 05-21-2012, 11:48 PM   #1
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Could this be a peanut allergy?

OK so I have started eating almonds and cashews lately, which I've never really done much of in the past. I have snacked on them a lot this previous week, and for the past three days now I've been experiencing what I thought was some stomach virus. It started with just a general nausea, followed by painful bloating and upset stomach to the point where I didn't want to eat anything at all and stayed in bed most of yesterday. Usually with a virus, I would be achy and feverish, and I've experienced neither. I have felt hot and somewhat lightheaded, but no fever whatsoever.

Now, I always thought peanut allergies meant throat closing, can't breathe, itching, etc.. Is there another form more like what I'm experiencing? The reason I'm wondering about nuts now is because not long ago, I had an upset stomach again, and basically passed a substantial amount of them that were fairly intact (sorry, I know it's gross). Maybe I didn't chew well enough or something, I don't know, but that surely wouldn't cause me such sickness.

Also, I always enjoyed peanut butter as a child and never had any problems with it. I'm now 22. Is it possible to develop an allergy after this many years?

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Re: Could this be a peanut allergy?

It may be too much of a good thing, or you may have had a virus. Maybe the nuts were off. It doesn't sound like a typical allergic reaction, more like you ate something that didn't agree with you. Are you OK now? Sera

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Re: Could this be a peanut allergy?

I agree. Sounds more like you overdid it.

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Re: Could this be a peanut allergy?

Hey there! Welcome!

Well, I agree with others, you may have overdone it. However, that may not be the case as allergies can present themselves in different ways. I developed my peanut allergy later in life from just eating a peanut butter cookie (I was 16, and had no prior reactions to peanuts). 24 hours later I got really sick with a flu-like virus. It wasn't until it happened for the 3rd time that I figured it to be an allergy. I went in and got tested, and there it was!

Basically, I'm not saying you should experiment with it. I'd recommend going in and getting allergy testing, or at least talk with your doctor about your concerns. Better to be safe then sorry.

Best of luck! Hope you get things figured out soon!

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