Should peanut allergy sufferers avoid all nuts?

22 May 2011

Question

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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