One of the best things about travelling abroad is the opportunity to sample different cuisine. However, many countries outside of the western world are not fully aware of the dangers that nuts and peanuts can present to those with allergies. Therefore, take a look at the precautions below to avoid suffering a nut travel accident while on holiday.
What are the symptoms of an allergic reaction to nuts?
Nuts and peanuts can cause allergic reactions which are sometimes severe. A severe reaction to nuts is called anaphylaxis and can be life-threatening. Sometimes, the person does not even need to eat the nuts, but merely come into physical contact with them, for a reaction to occur.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction to nuts include:
- Mouth and lips tingling
- Face swelling
- Feeling sick or vomiting
- Tightness in the throat
- Itchy or swollen eyes
- Skin that is bumpy, red and itchy
- Wheezing or difficulty breathing
How can I prevent suffering an allergic reaction to nuts while on holiday?
Try to avoid nuts wherever possible, and be aware of foodstuffs which may contain nuts. Some steps you can take are:
- Always check food labels for signs of nuts
- Be aware of how nuts may be listed as part of processed food, e.g. ground nut, earth nut, peanut oil
- When eating out, make staff aware of your allergy, as well as friends and family
- Carry your adrenaline (epinephrine) injection with you at all times
- If in doubt, don’t eat it
What should I do if I have suffered a nut allergy?
If you have suffered a nut allergy, seek treatment straight away. Mild reactions can be treated with antihistamines. More severe reactions can be treated with adrenaline (epinephrine) which is administered as an injection.
If you have suffered a nut allergy, or any other kind of personal injury, whether at home or abroad, you may be entitled to compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with extensive experience in the personal injury compensation claim industry, and can help you to make a successful injury claim.
We also provide expert help and advice for other types of accidents including, slips, trips and falls, road traffic accidents, and accidents at work among others. So whether you’ve suffered a slip or fall, an allergic reaction, or any other kind of accident in public, get in touch with us today on 0800 689 0500 to see if you could be entitled to compensation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice