According to Food Allergies Atlanta, it’s extremely common for someone to have a tree nut allergy. This means a number of foods can be off the table, including hazelnuts, pistachios, cashews, and almonds. While an almond allergy is often associated with childhood, technically, a person can develop it at any point in their life (per Food Allergies Atlanta). So, it’s possible to one day find almonds suddenly make you itchy, give you hives, or make your skin red. Additionally, tree nut allergies can cause itchiness, specifically on the face, as well as in the mouth and throat.
Like other foods on this list, almonds can trigger more than just itchiness in an allergic individual. As Food Allergies Atlanta explains, an almond allergy can also cause one’s face, tongue, or lips to swell. A person might also become nauseous and start vomiting if they’re allergic to almonds. Other signs include diarrhea, coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, dizziness, fainting, and a sudden drop in blood pressure. Also, a person with this allergy (or any kind of tree nut allergy) can experience anaphylaxis.
Of course, anaphylaxis requires immediate medical help, per Food Allergies Atlanta. Epinephrine is used to treat anaphylaxis; but, even if it’s administered immediately, don’t hesitate to call 911. For less severe allergic reactions, you can try sipping water to flush out the allergen and/or using cold compresses. You can also try taking an over-the-counter antihistamine to relieve symptoms. But again, don’t delay seeking medical help immediately for even a mild reaction.