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Should peanut allergy sufferers avoid all nuts?

Sat, 21st May 2011

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Question

@RicardoDaLepp asked:

As peanuts are legumes, not nuts, does it follow that if allergic to nuts, you should avoid peanuts too (or vice versa)?

Answer

Pam -   The answer to that is a bit complex, but peanut allergy and tree nut allergy, in other words the non-legume nuts, occur commonly in the same people, but you can have them separately.  If we get a child with one nut allergy, we will say “avoid all nuts” because we know they’re likely to go on to develop other nut allergies.

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