How to Cope With Allergies to Peanuts

Allergies towards peanuts are fairly common in the world today, and peanuts seems to be everywhere. These easy steps will show you how to avoid an allergic reaction.


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    If you're eating in a restaurant, ask if they use any peanuts or peanut oil in the kitchen. If they do ask how the make sure your food will not be cross-contaminated. This is a very important question to ask because most cases of peanut allergic reactions is due to consuming peanuts. You should always ask because you never know if your next allergic reaction will be deadly.
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    Make sure people know about your allergy. Don't keep your allergy a secret; that's a disaster waiting to happen. Make sure people are familiar with you and your allergies.
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    Always read food labels to check for peanuts. Seemingly tedious, this step is worth your time. Check for labeling that says 100% nut free or This product has come in contact with peanuts. Doing this will decrease your chances of having a preventable allergic reaction.
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    Be familiar with foods that contain peanuts or nuts. Many foods seemingly without peanuts actually contain them or peanut oil: pastries, cakes, chocolate bars, and many more. Just make sure you know a lot of them.
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    Avoid foods you make think came in contact with peanuts. Foods made without peanuts can still pick up enough peanut product from being in contact with peanut-containing food to provoke a reaction. Don't take the chance of eating a food you don't know to be completely safe.
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    Be sure of what you're eating. Just because someone claims that what they're giving you is peanut-free, it doesn't mean it may be completely safe for you. Not everyone will be as thorough a peanut-checker as you, and some people may not believe the danger that a peanut reaction can provoke. When offered unfamiliar foods or foods from different cultures, ask about the ingredient(s). Use this as an opportunity to gain a closer understanding of the different people and cultures.
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    Know your sensitivity to, and the severity of your reaction in case you accidentally ingest peanuts. Peanut is a food where most reactions are very severe if more than a certain threshold is eaten. Few people have a 'mild' peanut allergy, but different people have different tolerances to peanuts.
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    Many foods say "processed in a plant that also processes peanuts". Depending on your sensitivity level this may be safe of not. The allergy cross contamination disclaimer is on the label because factories share equipment with food that has nuts and those that do not. The highest risk of cross contamination is on the first batch after they switch from a product with peanuts to one without. There have been fatalities because someone has a peanut allergy and feels safe to eat food with the warning, then gets a batch with a high peanut content and they die.[1]


  • This article can apply to all different types of food allergies, not just peanuts.
  • Carry your allergic reaction supplies (like your EpiPen or any medication)in case of accidentally consuming peanuts.
  • Fried foods or foods such as "french fries" could have been cooked in peanut oil. Make sure what your eating is completely peanut-free.


  • Prevention is the best cure. Allergies are something you will have to live with. Preventing an allergic reaction is better than having one, minor or severe.

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