Why does Peanut allergies are so uncommon or rare in India?
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Peanut allergy occurs when your immune system mistakenly identifies peanut proteins as something harmful. Direct or indirect contact with peanuts causes your immune system to release symptom-causing chemicals into your bloodstream.

However, most of the reactions in India tend not to be life-threatening yet. So we don't hear about them. Most of our common reactions and symptoms, appear to be headache, itching, joint pain and vomiting. The worry is  this situation will worsen, with anaphylaxis increasing. With a lack of  national allergy programmes and fragmented medical care of variable  quality, especially in rural areas, India would find it difficult to  cope.

With a population of well over a billion, food allergy could become  an enormous problem in India. Some estimates suggest up to 3% of Indians  may already have food allergies, the majority under 40 years of age.  Food allergies cause roughly 30,000 emergency treatments and 100 to 200  deaths per year in the nation. Up to 3 million Indians may have peanut  allergy alone.

Laxmi Apr 07, 2017