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Can a child with peanut allergies eat white chocolate?

Can a child with peanut allergies eat white chocolate?

Yes: Baker's semi-sweet by kraft is peanut-free. I have patients tell me that trader joe's sells one as well. To make sure, I would call the manufacturer to verify and of course, always read the labels. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Can a child with peanut allergies eat a bar of white chocolate?

Can a child with peanut allergies eat a bar of white chocolate?

Usually: White chocolate does not contain any peanut or nut components. ...Read more

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Is it okay to eat five guys burgers with a moderate peanut allergy?

Is it okay to eat five guys burgers with a moderate peanut allergy?

Mgt: I agree that asking the restaurant is important to determine the ingredients. Very often the cooking area and dining area can be a source of cross contamination. For example a shared utensil, salad dressing with peanuts. I would suggest asking your PCP about an Epi Pen. ...Read more

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Can you develop a peanut allergy later early in life before you ever eat a peanut?

Can you develop a peanut allergy later early in life before you ever eat a peanut?

Yes: Some children can become sensitized through breastfeeding and others by touching or rubbing peanut butter on the skin. Months later they have reactions when they eat peanut products for the first time. ...Read more

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Today I got 3 shots for my allergies is it possible that I can eat anything with soy or peanut or I have to wait? Know the name of the injection

Today I got 3 shots for my allergies is it possible that I can eat anything with soy or peanut or I have to wait? Know the name of the injection

No: Your shots are likely for airborne allergens and not for foods. Even then, it will take months to reduce your allergic symptoms. Allergy shots or sublingual drops for food allergens remain experimental at this time and results thus far have been inconsistent. If you are allergic to peanut or soy, don't eat them unless OKd by your allergist. ...Read more

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What can my son eat with peanut, soybean, milk and wheat allergies?

What can my son eat with peanut, soybean, milk and wheat allergies?

FOOD ALLERGIES: There are several substitute to protein food allergy. Milk, peanut, soy are protein. Wheat is carbohydrate. For protein you can give meat products. For carbohydrate rice and white bread. He can eat other food except those mentioned. ...Read more

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Is it true that the majority of nut/peanut allergies present in childhood? I'm 40 but won't eat allergenic foods due to all the media attn nuts get.

Is it true that the majority of nut/peanut allergies present in childhood? I'm 40 but won't eat allergenic foods due to all the media attn nuts get.

Nut allergies: You can potentially become allergic to any food any time. If you do not have nasal allergies there is not reason to believe you are at any higher risk than the normal population to develop food allergies. Nuts and peanuts have nutritional values and are good snacks. ...Read more

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Can my baby develop a peanut allergy if I eat peanuts while pregnant?

Can my baby develop a peanut allergy if I eat peanuts while pregnant?

No: Most of the world, especially in Africa and asia eat peanuts. Oddly peanut allegies are almost unheard of in these areas. Peanuts are a good source of plant based protein....In moderation of course. ...Read more

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Can people with bee allergies eat honey? What about peanut allergies and peanut oil?

Can people with bee allergies eat honey? What about peanut allergies and peanut oil?

Yes: There is no bee venom in honey, so it can be safely eaten by people allergic to bees. There is not supposed to be any peanut protein in peanut oil, but there may be if it wasn't carefully manufactured. If you have had a life-threatening reaction to peanut, I wouldn't recommend betting your life on whether the peanut oil is pure. ...Read more

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If you eat a food your whole life like peanuts and shellfish with no trouble then stop for a long time, can you develop an anaphylactic allergy?

If you eat a food your whole life like peanuts and shellfish with no trouble then stop for a long time, can you develop an anaphylactic allergy?

Anaphylaxis: A person can develop an allergy at any point in time. It is possible, but unlikely, to develop an anaphylactic type reaction to a food previously tolerated. ...Read more

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I seem to have more frequent BM’s when I eat peanut butter. If I eat it too often, loose stool. Usually constipated. No history of allergies.

I seem to have more frequent BM’s when I eat peanut butter. If I eat it too often, loose stool. Usually constipated. No history of allergies.

Fat malabsorption: You may not be able to absorb the fats in pea nut butter and that could cause loose stools. Try using pea nut products in moderation. ...Read more

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Is it safe to eat protein bars if I have peanut and soy allergies?

Read the label: Be careful. Read the ingredients. Most likely, there will be a bolded section as the end of the ingredients list saying whether or not the product contains peanut or soy or if it was processed in a plant that uses peanuts or soy in other products. ...Read more

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When I was a child I had a peanut allergy. I'm now pregnant and was wondering if its safe to eat peanuts cause my fetus might have the same allergy?

No: The only concern would be if you still had an allergy to peanuts. This type of allergy would not exist in the fetus at this stage. ...Read more

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If I eat peanuts then talk to someone who has a peanut allergy how likely are they to go into anaphalaxis?

If I eat peanuts then talk to someone who has a peanut allergy how likely are they to go into anaphalaxis?

Variale: It depends on the severity of their allergy. Some are highly sensitive and could not tolerate someone opening a jar in the same room yet some have to eat the peanut to have a reaction. Best to talk to them about their severity first. ...Read more

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Hello, I have body acne everywhere and I was wondering if peanut butter could affect acne? I eat ALOT so could it be a newly developing peanut allergy

Hello, I have body acne everywhere and I was wondering if peanut butter could affect acne? I eat ALOT so could it be a newly developing peanut allergy

Unlikely: Oily foods in general may affect acne, but not a cause for it, and eating peanut butter a lot doesn't mean you will develop peanut allergy, peanut sensitivity would have developed earlier, and you won't be able to tolerate peanut butter or peanuts, that being said, you need to eat in moderation and concentrate on healthy foods, take care ...Read more

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Is it safe to eat peanut butter while breastfeeding? Will it cause a peanut allergy?

Is it safe to eat peanut butter while breastfeeding? Will it cause a peanut allergy?

Peanut butter: If you crave peanut butter, you may indulge yourself. It will not cause a peanut allergy. ...Read more

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What should I do about allergies to milk, peanuts, lemon, watermelon, and pears what to eat at theme park?

What should I do about allergies to milk, peanuts, lemon, watermelon, and pears what to eat at theme park?

Bring your own: Patients with multiple foods allergies often need to bring their own food with them to places like theme parks. ...Read more

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I have allergies to milk, peanuts, lemon, watermelon, and pears what to eat at theme park, what do you recommend?

I have allergies to milk, peanuts, lemon, watermelon, and pears what to eat at theme park, what do you recommend?

See allergist: It is unusual to be allergic to so many food items with totally different structures. You need to consult an allergist to first find out if you are indeed allergic before you can deal with your "allergies" effectively. In the meanwhile, ask questions in restaurants and read labels. ...Read more

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Have multiple med allergies, chronic hives, but no food allergies. Should I be nervous to eat peanuts, fish, etc, since I'm clearly hive sensitive?

Have multiple med allergies, chronic hives, but no food allergies. Should I be nervous to eat peanuts, fish, etc, since I'm clearly hive sensitive?

Get seen: At age 39, if you've not had food allergies surface, restricting yourself like this will make your life more difficult than it needs to be. If you've not been seen for your chronic hives, you might want to check in with an allergist anyway -- there's some new biologicals that might help you out. Best wishes. ...Read more

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42, no food allergies, but, I am scared to eat peanuts or fish. Does my celiac disease and my chronic urticaria increase my allergy chances to these?

42, no food allergies, but, I am scared to eat peanuts or fish. Does my celiac disease and my chronic urticaria increase my allergy chances to these?

No: No relative risk of peanut or fish allergy in this context. If you eat fish and peanuts without history of immediate reaction, then your risk is very low. If you strictly avoid these foods, then an Allergist can perform testing to begin to quantify risk and this can be followed by supervised food trials to confirm absence of allergy. ...Read more

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My son can eat peanut butter sandwiches, but the second he eats nuts, he has itchy ears and itchy throat. Does this count as an allergy?

My son can eat peanut butter sandwiches, but the second he eats nuts, he has itchy ears and itchy throat. Does this count as an allergy?

Different allergens: Peanut and tree nut allergens are different. I would recommend your son be evaluated with specific allergy testing. ...Read more

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Can I eat peanuts if I am allergic to walnuts? Walnuts make my lips, mouth and throat itch and my lips feel swollen. Does that include peanut allergy?

Can I eat peanuts if I am allergic to walnuts? Walnuts make my lips, mouth and throat itch and my lips feel swollen. Does that include peanut allergy?

Perhaps: Peanuts are not tree nuts like walnuts. Many experts recommend avoiding tree nuts if allergic to peanuts. And avoiding peanuts if allergic to tree nuts.
If you really want to eat peanuts, you may want to seek evaluation by an allergist. ...Read more

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What are considered the most passenger friendly airlines for people with peanut allergies?

Flying + nut allergy: Most domestic airlines = more likely to follow the following safety measures: have epi pen available; announce that there is a nut allergic traveler on board; have a nut free seating buffer around allergic passenger; no nut containing foods, near nut allergic traveler. But. Bring your own foods, pillow and blanket; have someone wipe down the tray + seat that will be used by nut allergic passenger. ...Read more

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Doctor recommended airlines for people with peanut allergies?

Flying + nut allergy: Domestic airlines are more likely to honor the following for nut allergic traveler: a passenger buffer zone around w/ nut allergies, so nuts will not be served; announce that passengers do not eat nut-containing foods; have nut-free meals. Other common safety measures include the caregiver of affected passenger wipes down tray tables, bringing their own food and avoiding use of airline pillows. ...Read more

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How common are peanut allergies?

How common are peanut allergies?

Approximately 1-2%: Rates of peanut allergies have increased over the past two decades. In 1997, only 0.4% of children had peanut allergies as opposed to 1.4% in 2008. The prevalence of combined peanut or tree nut allergies in children was 2.1 percent in 2008, compared to 0.6 percent in 1997.

In regards to adults, peanut and/or tree nut allergies remained steady among adults, with a rate of 1.3%. ...Read more

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How can an allergy to peanuts lead to death?

How can an allergy to peanuts lead to death?

Anaphylaxis: Peanut and nuts tend to cause the most severe food allergic reactions called anaphylaxis. Death is typically either from shock (loss of blood pressure) or from edema/swelling of the larynx (throat) leading to asphyxiation. An allergist can assist a patient in a management plan to decrease the risk of having a severe reaction to peanuts. ...Read more

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Why are peanut allergies generally so severe?

Why are peanut allergies generally so severe?

Good question: Why are peanut allergies so severe? A fair question, though realize ANY food allergy can be severe, meaning causing severe symptoms. Allergy tests identify the LIKELIHOOD of a reaction, but do not tell you SEVERITY of the reaction. Factors such as uncontrolled asthma, active virus, amount ingested, perhaps vomiting can affect severity. ...Read more

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How can you tell if your child has peanut allergies?

How can you tell if your child has peanut allergies?

Symptoms, tests: Peanut is the most dangerous food allergen known. Children w peanut allergy can develop any one or combinations of symptoms, from hives, swelling, upset stomach, throat swelling, wheezing, coughing, trouble breathing, fainting, to possibly death. Peanut allergy is diagnosed and confirmed by allergists through allergy testing. If u suspect ur child has peanut allergy, see an allergist right away. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of peanut allergies in a child?

What are some symptoms of peanut allergies in a child?

Peanut Allergy: Peanut allergy symptoms include: itchiness, rash, hives, lip or tongue swelling, trouble swallowing, trouble speaking, trouble breathing, asthma, abdominal pain, vomiting, passing out. ...Read more

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Why have peanut allergies become more common recently?

Million $ question: Yup, the question I get asked most. All food allergies are up, and in particular the top 8 (egg, cow's milk, wheat, soy, peanut, tree nut, fish and shellfish). Something about how we live as industrialized societies. Exposure is a big piece of the puzzle - how, what, when, where; contributing factors. No simple answer. Ex: dry roasting somehow increases peanut allergenicity. ...Read more

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Why do some people have peanut allergies and others don't?

Why do some people have peanut allergies and others don't?

Peanut allergy: It is thought to be related to environment and genes. A recent high profile study (LEAP study), suggests that delayed introduction of peanut to the diet, might contribute to the increase in peanut allergy. Age seems to be an important determinant. New treatments are under clinical trial evaluation. ...Read more

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Why is it that there are so many kids with peanut allergies nowadays?

Peanut allergy: Many more foods have peanut or peanut oil in its contents. Secondly we have become more knowledgeable about making a diagnosis. Thirdly there is more publicity about peanut allergy. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my 2yr son is allergy to peanuts, without giving him peanut?

Testing: Skin or blood testing can determine this but we don't routinely screen for peanut allergy unless he is at higher risk such as having sibling with peanut allergy. ...Read more

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Can you develop an allergy for peanuts in the future even though you aren't now?

Yes: It's not clear why, but a person can develop peanut allergy as a child, teen or adult. Even if a person has tolerated peanuts for years, a peanut allergy can develop. It's been found now that avoiding peanut in the diet of infants/children for the first few years will not prevent the development of peanut allergy. Something about "roasted" peanuts make them more allergenic than boiled or fried. ...Read more