Southwest Allergy & Asthma Center



6100 Windcom Court,
Suite 101
Plano, Texas 75093

Serving: Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Carrollton, Richardson, Lewisville, Garland, Dallas, The Colony, Addison, Coppell, Little Elm, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(972) 398 - 3500Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:

In the Texoma Medical Plaza adjacent to the new Texoma Medical Center
5012 South US HWY 75,
Suite 150
Denison, Texas 75020

Serving: Denison, Sherman, Bonham, Gainesville, Pottsboro, Van Alstyne, McKinney, Prosper, Durant (OK) and Madill (OK)

(903) 463 - 8400Telephone:
(903) 463 - 8500FAX:

7785 Eldorado Pkwy,
Suite 500
McKinney, Texas 75070

Serving: McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(972) 542 - 0500Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:

In Twin Creeks Medical Center Two
1101 Raintree Cir,
Suite 140
Allen, Texas 75013

Serving: McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(469) 656 - 1057Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:

12950 Dallas Pkwy,
Suite 700
Frisco, Texas 75033

Serving: McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(972) 569 - 8500Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:

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Peanut Allergy

What is a peanut allergy?

Peanut allergy is an abnormal immune reaction to the proteins found in peanuts.

Is peanut allergy common?

Peanut allergy is a relatively common food allergy in children and adults. Approximately 0.8% of young children and 0.6% of adults will be allergic to peanut.

What are the symptoms of an allergic reaction to peanut?

Classic allergic reactions usually include a red, itchy rash called hives that occurs within minutes of ingesting foods containing wheat. Hives can progress to or occur as part of a more serious allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that may include any of the following symptoms: wheezing or other breathing problems; vomiting, diarrhea or stomach cramps; face, mouth, or throat swelling; or signs of shock, including low blood pressure, dizziness, and passing out.

Do people outgrow peanut allergy?

About 20% of children will have resolution of their peanut allergy by school age. In most individuals the allergy is lifelong.

What things should I avoid?

If you are allergic to peanut, you should avoid the following: peanuts; artificial nuts; beer nuts; ground nuts; mandelonas; mixed nuts; monkey nuts; nutmeat; nut pieces; peanut butter; peanut flour; peanut oil; arachis

*Many ethnic foods contain peanuts as an ingredient. Peanuts may be an ingredient or contaminant in baked goods, candy, chili, egg rolls, enchilada sauces, marzipan, mole sauce, nougat and tree nuts.

Is cross contamination with peanuts a concern?

Many foods are inadvertently contaminated with peanuts during their processing or preparation. Baked goods and tree nuts are of special concern as they are often prepared in facilities that also handle peanuts. Most physicians will recommend avoiding tree nuts in peanut allergy due to concerns over possible contamination.

How and when can I reintroduce peanuts?

You should consult with your physician regarding when and how to reintroduce peanut into you or your child’s diet. Your physician may use skin or blood tests to determine if it is safe to reintroduce peanut into the diet.

Is my child allergic to other nuts?

Peanuts are not a “true nut” but are a member of the legume family (peas). True nuts grow on trees. About half of children with peanut allergy are allergic to one or more tree nuts, and you should check with your healthcare provider to determine if it is safe for your child to eat tree nuts. Coconuts and commonly eaten seeds (sesame, sunflower, and pumpkin) are not nuts and have limited cross-reactivity with trees nuts or peanuts.

Is it safe to breast-feed my child?

Breast-feeding is generally safe in children with peanut allergy if the mother avoids foods containing peanut products.