23 Jul Is a peanut allergy the most common food allergy?
No – a peanut allergy is the food allergy most likely to result in an anaphylactic reaction – this is a severe potentially fatal allergic reaction. A small percent of the population (0.6 %) is affected by peanut allergy and the most common food allergies are caused by fruit and vegetables.32
Peanut allergies are more common in people who have other allergies or have a family history of allergies, including having a brother or sister with an allergy.32 An allergic reaction to peanuts usually occurs within 20 minutes of exposure.
Symptoms of a peanut allergy include – skin redness, itching, hives, and if it is more severe, then wheezing, difficulty in breathing, cough, nausea & vomiting, diarrhoea, low blood pressure, increased heart rate, dizziness, fainting and behavioural changes especially in children.32