Peanut Allergies

What Happens With a  Peanut Allergy?

An allergic response usually happens within minutes after exposure, and symptoms range from mild to severe.  Allergy signs and symptoms can include the following:

  • Wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Itching or tingling in or around the mouth or throat
  • Throat tightness
  • Stomach cramps, nausea, or vomiting
  • Itchy, watery, or swollen eyes
  • Hives
  • Runny nose
  • Peanut allergies can  cause a severe reaction called anaphylaxis.  Anaphylaxis can begin with some of the same symptoms as a less severe reaction, but will quickly worsen.  A person can have trouble breathing, feel lightheaded, or pass out.  If not treated, anaphylaxis can be life threatening.  Treatment includes using an EpiPen and a trip to the emergency room.

Foods to avoid:

  • Cold pressed, expressed, or expelled peanut oil
  • Ground or mixed nuts
  • Peanut butter
  • NU-Nuts (artificial nuts)

Foods that may indicate the presence of peanut protein include:

  • African, Chinese, Thai, and other ethnic dishes
  • Baked goods
  • Candy
  • Cereals
  • Chilli, spaghetti sauce
  • Crackers
  • Ice cream, frozen yogurt
  • Hydrolyzed plant or vegetable protein
  • Marzipan, nougat
  • Pizza

Food labels

All foods containing dairy, eggs, fish, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat must be listed in the ingredients panel by their “common or usual name”.

Snack Safely

Always read ingredient labels.  Refer to the following website for snack suggestions:

Nut free manufacturer