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How do I clean my utensils after eating to protect someone with a peanut allergy?

How do I clean my utensils after eating to protect someone with a peanut allergy?

Dishwashing: Standard dishwashing should be fine for just about everyone, as long as the dishes are "clean like your mom told you" (no residual food stuck on them). The problem tends to be more when a utensil is used in one dish and then another in the same meal or during food preparation, without washing in between. ...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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My boyfriend has a peanut allergy, how soon after eating them can I kiss him?

My boyfriend has a peanut allergy, how soon after eating them can I kiss him?

How severe?: Serious peanut allergies can be fatal if not treated promptly with an epipen (epinephrine). No one can answer this question for you without knowing how severe your boyfriend's reaction is. For some people, the smallest contact with peanuts, peanut butter, or any other food containing peanuts can trigger immediate swelling and difficulty breathing. If this is the case, don't eat peanuts around him! ...Read more

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I tested positive for chicken and peanut allergy but I've been eating lots of chicken and peanut butter my whole life with no reactions. How so?

I tested positive for chicken and peanut allergy but I've been eating lots of chicken and peanut butter my whole life with no reactions.  How so?

False positives: If you tolerate these, keep eating them. I think most competent allergists will tell you the same thing. The world's got too many people restricting their diets both from "pop" advice and from taking allergy test results too seriously -- this phenomenon is being written up because it's making people sick. ...Read more

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My lips went numb after eating peanut butter but i've gotten tested and I have no allergy. Why does this happen?

My lips went numb after eating peanut butter but i've gotten tested and I have no allergy. Why does this happen?

Oral allergy syndrom: Oral allergy syndrome (oas) is a type of allergy that occurs in response to contact with food allergens. Some times the allergy is caused by allergic antibody (ige) , some times it is not. Either way, if symptoms are reproducible with each repeated exposure, then you have a food allergy. There is a risk that oas could change or evolve into a more serious reaction such as anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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Which are some dietary requirements for someone with a peanut allergy?

Which are some dietary requirements for someone with a peanut allergy?

Peanut allergy: Once you get a proper diagnosis for peanut allergy, you should avoid peanut & all treenuts in general since they are usually processed in the same plant & can be contaminated with peanut proteins. There is not much cross reactivity between peanut & treenuts. Other than that you should be able to eat all other types of foods that should provide you with plenty of nutrients. Also carry an epipen (epinephrine). ...Read more

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Is coconut oil safe for someone with a peanut allergy thank you very much for your time?

Is coconut oil safe for someone with a peanut allergy thank you very much for your time?

Yes: Oil usually contains very little protein and thus even peanut-allergic people may tolerate peanut oil in most but not all instances. As for coconut, it is totally different from peanuts-- so don't worry be happy ...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

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