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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.