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How should a peanut allergy be treated?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Avoidance: Currently the only treatment for food allergies including peanut is complete avoidance, and having Epinephrine for accidental exposure. There are ongoing clinical trials attempting to desensitize children with peanut allergy and results are promising but still preliminary.
Dr. Dareen Siri faaaai facaai fisaai
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
Peanut allergy: The only treatment for true peanut allergy (ige to peanut) is strict avoidance. Playing russian roulette with any peanut (or tree nut) allergy is dangerous. Periodic exposures tend to become more vigorous and rapid with each event. On the bright side, several centers are researching oral desensitization in the highly allergic. Epinephrine should be carried for treating anaphylactic emergencies.

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What to do if I have a peanut allergy?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Avoid peanuts: Currently, the only treatment for peanut allergy is strict avoidance, having self-injectable Epinephrine available, a written anaphylaxis action plan and wearing a medical ID. Reading food labels and being aware of cross contamination is key. An allergist can assist in discussing prognosis and future treatments.

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