How to Deal with a Non‐Lethal Allergic Reaction to Tree Nuts

Any allergic reaction can become fatal, so if in doubt, be ready to administer medicine, and call the emergency services. Always have your prescribed medication (e.g., EpiPen) within reach in case things go south. But if it's a mild reaction and you are sure it's not serious, start with step one to deal with the symptoms.


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    Stay calm. Once you realize you have an allergic reaction, and from past experience you know it is not serious, take deep breaths. Do not shout or run around needlessly. Stressing about your allergic reaction and increasing your heart rate may cause your body to overproduce chemicals, and this could make you more sick.
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    Rinse. Spit out any allergy-causing food and clean your mouth with water, another liquid, or gum. Swish the liquid around in your mouth and spit it out. If you use gum, be sure to replace it often so that the food particles stuck in it do not cause you to have a reaction again.
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    Eat something else. Once your mouth is clean of the food that made you sick, eat some safe food, such as fruit or vegetables. This is to help you forget the taste and texture of the food you were allergic to and thus helps distract you. Do not eat too much on your already upset stomach or you may vomit.
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    Brush your teeth. If you still have an itching sensation in your mouth and throat, brush your teeth. Use lots of toothpaste and rinse your toothbrush often. This will help distract you from the itchy feeling, and you are getting rid of any last allergy-causing foods. Remember, if you feel lightheaded or you feel your throat closing at any time, use your EpiPen.
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    Monitor the itchiness. The initial itchy feeling should lessen after twenty minutes and be gone in an hour. If you feel like it's getting worse after twenty minutes, use your EpiPen or other medication. Try not to go to sleep for at least four hours in case the symptoms return. Make sure you have a responsible adult to monitor you.
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    Treat the allergic reaction. You will probably feel sick and nauseous the next couple of days. Eat clean and safe food, like fruits, vegetables, and bread. Find out what made you sick and be sure to avoid it in the future! If in doubt, contact the hospital to find out for sure if it is gone.


  • Remember, only use these tips if you feel confident you are not having a fatal reaction.
  • Always have a responsible adult nearby to monitor you.
  • Always have you emergency medication nearby.
  • When in doubt, call the hospital.

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Categories: Allergies and Immunization