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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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Dr. Duane Gels
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Peanut Allergy (Definition)

A peanut allergy is an exaggerated immune response due to exposure to peanut protein. The reaction can present with typical symptoms of hives, respiratory symptoms (cough, wheeze, shortness of breath), GI symptoms (abdominal pain, vomiting), swelling, loss of consciousness, and can be fatal. Symptoms typically present within minutes to a couple hours ...Read more


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Does a class 3 allergy require an epi pen? My daughter just got diagnosed with a class 3 peanut allergy.

Does a class 3 allergy require an epi pen? My daughter just got diagnosed with a class 3 peanut allergy.

Need epipen (epinephrine): Numbers do not always correlate well with severity of eventual reaction, so I wouldn't say she's safe because it's only a level 3. For something like possible peanut allergy, I'd discuss/consult with an allergist because this situation could be life or death ...Read more

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What to do if I have a peanut allergy?

What to do if I have a peanut allergy?

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. ...Read more

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How should a peanut allergy be treated?

How should a peanut allergy be treated?

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. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a peanut allergy?

How to know if I have a peanut allergy?

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. ...Read more

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Is there any way to cure a peanut allergy?

Is there any way to cure a peanut allergy?

Not yet: Unfortunately, there is not yet a "cure" for peanut allergy. Avoidance is the main treatment. If exposure occurs, an Epi-pen should be used for serious reactions. There are studies ongoing with peanut allergy treatment - involves feeding increasing amounts of peanuts to patient over time. However, this has risks involved and still not widely available. ...Read more

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What should take if I have peanut allergy?

What should take if I have peanut allergy?

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. ...Read more

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What do the risks mean for a peanut allergy?

Peanut allergy: The most serious risk is immidiate allergic responce with swelling of larynx which if not treated can be fatal, and late effects with rash, wheezing and cough are slow to develope and easy to treat. So if you have peanut allergy you carry Epipen (epinephrine) with you all the time. ...Read more

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What is the chance of losing a peanut allergy?

What is the chance of losing a peanut allergy?

Not very high: Children with peanut allergy "outgrow" the allergy about 15-20% of the time--it is much more unlikely for an adult to "lose" a peanut allergy. ...Read more

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I sit possible to develop peanut allergy late in life?

I sit possible to develop peanut allergy late in life?

Rare: It is indeed rare, but it can happen. Talk to an allergist for further recommendations and workup. ...Read more

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How old does a baby have to be to show a peanut allergy?

How old does a baby have to be to show a peanut allergy?

Workup/mgt: Food allergies present can present early in life, including those to peanuts. If the mother is breastfeeding and eating peanuts, the allergen may be transferred to the baby. Peanut allergies tend to present though later in childhood after exposure to eating peanut products. A CAP test may be performed on a blood sample to determine whether the infant has a peanut allergy. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: peanut allergy?

Peanut Allergy: A peanut allergy is an exaggerated immune response due to exposure to peanut protein. The reaction can present with typical symptoms of hives, respiratory symptoms (cough, wheeze, shortness of breath), GI symptoms (abdominal pain, vomiting), swelling, loss of consciousness, and can be fatal. Symptoms typically present within minutes to a couple hours after ingestion or contact. ...Read more

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For what length of time can peanut allergy symptoms last?

For what length of time can peanut allergy symptoms last?

Peanut allergy: Peanut allergy is typically life long. A small percentage of children have been shown to outgrow it during their teenage years, but generally speaking once you have become allergic to it you need to avoid it for the rest of your life. ...Read more

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

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

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). ...Read more

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What could cause someone to all of a sudden develop a peanut allergy?

What could cause someone to all of a sudden develop a peanut allergy?

Life: We do not really understand why people develop allergies or why at a certain age. But there are certain known risk factor, like having a family history of allergies, having eczema, seasonal allergies or asthma. Some theories focus on delayed exposure leading tohigher risk. ...Read more

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I've heard that people can die from a peanut allergy, why is this so?

I've heard that people can die from a peanut allergy, why is this so?

See below: Peanut, tree nut, fish and shell fish are the most common food allergies that can be fatal. Pt allergic to these foods develop allergy antibody to these foods. If reexposed the allergy antibody and the food allergen interact to cause the allergy cells to fire off and release a slew of chemicals that cause pt to have symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you developed a peanut allergy and then not have it later on in life?

Can you developed a peanut allergy and then not have it later on in life?

Yes: Peanut allergy resolves in some patients, but most cases are persistent. Don't try eating it without appropriate consultation with a board certified allergist. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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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