As one of the most common food allergies in the United States, peanuts are responsible for more anaphylaxis-related deaths than any other cause. Although “nut” is in the name, peanuts are actually legumes (part of the bean family), and therefore they are different than other kinds of nut allergies.
Following these guidelines can help with preventing an allergic reaction to peanuts.
- 1 Even trace amounts of peanut can cause an allergic reaction.
- 2 Restaurants can be high-risk areas due to possible cross-contamination.
- 3 Cross-contact can also cause allergy problems (e.g., a child gets peanut butter on her fingers, and then rubs her eyes).
- 4 Read all product labels, as there are a number of unexpected peanut sources.
- 5 Check alerts for items that may have been recalled due to peanut contamination.
- Learn about alternatives to using peanuts in cooking.
- Check ingredient and “may also contain” lists for peanuts.
- Avoid cooking with peanut oil and foods that have cross-contact with peanuts.
- Always carry an epinephrine auto-injector to counteract unintentional exposure to peanuts.