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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.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Simple answer?: Avoid peanuts. Avoid them like the plague. Avoid foods that may have even the slightest dusting of peanut on them. Read your ingredient lists for everything you buy to make sure there's no peanut and to see that the food wasn't made or packaged in a plant in which peanut containing foods are also processed.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Why do I have a peanut allergy when a peanut is a legume?

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Dr. Paul Carter
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Storage proteins: Seeds, legumes, and nuts all contain storage proteins. They are similar and you can have cross reaction between all of them. So if you are primarily allergic to cashew (which is a tree nut), you may also react to peanut (a legume), or even sesame seed (a seed).
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What should take if I have peanut allergy?

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Avoid peanut: The only way to prevent reaction to peanut is to avoid it in your diet. Do not eat peanut if you are allergic to it.
A 37-year-old member asked:

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.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How to know if I have a peanut allergy?

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Dr. Glenn Messina
Aesthetic Medicine 35 years experience
Allergic reaction: The peanut allergy is variable you may have simple changes like hives, itchy skin, drip nose. The worse reactions are airway closure ad life threatening allergic reactions. If every time you are exposed to peanuts something happens see an allergist for testing. The peanut allergy can be quite severs.

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