Atlanta Tree Nut Allergy Treatment and Testing
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Chacko Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center is the leading provider of food allergy treatments in the Atlanta area. We help people experiencing uncomfortable allergy symptoms by providing testing services and effective tree nut allergy treatments.
An estimated one to two percent of the United States population is allergic to tree nuts, with both adults and children impacted by the various types of nuts. And with some of these affected people being at risk for anaphylaxis, allergy testing and treatment is crucial for reducing the threat.
An Overview of Tree Nut Allergies
Tree nut allergies usually begin in childhood, but will often last into adulthood. Some people do outgrow a childhood allergy or allergies, but “outgrowing” is less common with tree nut allergies than with other allergens such as milk.
What are tree nuts? – Technically, tree nuts are dry fruits with one seed (that may contain an allergenic risk). The most common tree nuts that people react to are almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios and walnuts.
Common tree nut symptoms include the following.
- Stomach pains
- Nasal congestion or runny nose
- Itchy mouth and throat
- Breathing issues
- Nausea or vomiting
Effective Tree Nut Allergy Treatments
At Chacko Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center, we work with patients to diagnose their allergy – and create a comprehensive treatment plan. We initially conduct food allergy testing to identify the precise cause of an allergy. Allergy testing includes a medical review and skin or blood testing.
Due to the threat of anaphylaxis, patients may receive epinephrine auto-injectors in case of a life-threatening allergic reaction. The quick injection of adrenaline is a crucial step if a person feels lightheaded, has severe breathing difficulties or loses consciousness.
Dr. Chacko also creates a personalized treatment plan for patients. Various medications (including antihistamines) can reduce the severity of an allergic reaction. For a long-term approach that desensitizes the immune system to tree nuts, oral immunotherapy treatment (OIT) builds tolerance to the allergen through controlled exposure.
Common Questions About Tree Nut Allergies
Can you be allergic to just one type of tree nut?
Yes. It is possible to be allergic to one tree nut – or to many. For instance, patients often experience cross-reactivity from cashews and pistachios or pecans and walnuts.
Can you be allergic to tree nuts and peanuts?
Yes. Approximately 30% of people with tree nut allergies are also allergic to peanuts. Peanuts are legumes, but they share some proteins with tree nuts.
Is there a cure for a tree nut allergy?
There is currently no cure for a food allergy. However, oral immunotherapy can reduce a person’s sensitivity to the point where they can eat a significant amount of tree nuts without symptoms.
Contact Us for Atlanta Area Tree Nut Allergy Treatments
Chacko Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center works with patients to diagnose and treat tree nut allergies. If you or your child experiences food allergy symptoms, visit one of our centers in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth or Johns Creek. Call (678) 668-4688 or request an appointment today.