Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Incidence Symptoms Treatment Prevention

Allergy to Peanuts Prevention

Prevention of peanut allergies includes:

  • Avoid peanuts and peanut oil.
    • Ask about ingredients when eating out.
    • Read food labels carefully.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed.
  • Take a nonprescription antihistamine for allergic symptoms:
  • Carry an epinephrine syringe:
  • Wear an alert bracelet or tag that identifies your allergies.
  • Tell your friends and colleagues that you have a peanut allergy.

Foods that are at high risk for containing peanut proteins include:
  • Baked goods, such as cookies and pastries
  • Cereals and granola
  • Cultural foods
  • Energy bars
  • Foods that contain arachis oil
  • Grain breads
  • Ground or mixed nuts
  • Ice cream and frozen desserts
  • Marzipan
  • Nougat
  • Peanut butter
  • Peanut flour
  • Salad dressing

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Allergy to Peanuts References
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