Q&A: Four common questions about peanut allergies

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Q&A: Four common questions about peanut allergies

If you or any of your friends and family suffer from a peanut allergy, finding the right information is the best path to living safely. We’ve highlighted four frequently asked questions about peanut allergies so you’re better equipped to handle yours – or someone’s close to you.

Can you grow out of a peanut allergy?

Unfortunately, growing out of a peanut allergy is relatively uncommon. According to research, only 20% of children outgrow their allergy. A child is most likely to grow out of their allergy before the age of 10. After this, the probability becomes much lower. Scientists are still unsure why this happens, which has raised a lot of hope for future research.

Are peanut allergies always anaphylactic?

Contrary to popular belief, the answer is no. In fact, most peanut allergies are non-severe. Reactions also include non-lethal digestive problems and skin reactions. However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put safety first at all times. Although only affecting extreme cases, anaphylaxis can be lethal and should be avoided at all costs.

Does peanut oil always cause a reaction for someone with a peanut allergy?

No. It depends on how the peanut oil is processed. Because they remove all allergenic proteins, refined oils are safe. On the other hand, crude oils are not safe and can still contain the proteins that cause someone with an allergy to react.

Am I missing out on nutritional value from not eating peanuts?

It’s true that peanuts are a great source of many vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C magnesium, niacin, and chromium. A peanut-restricted diet will not leave an adult or developing child deficient in these nutrients. If they eat a balanced and healthy diet, there are plenty of other foods that provide these nutrients.

If you or anyone close to you is experiencing signs of a peanut allergy, you should seek help right away. Minor reactions are still concerning as they can worsen over time. With proper diagnosis and care, your allergy doesn’t have to get in the way of your daily life.

For more guidance on how to keep your allergies in check, or to book an allergy test, feel free to call us on 02031 433 449.

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