Common Assumptions

I keep noticing that people automatically assume that as long as my son doesn't eat peanuts or peanut butter he won't have a reaction. What other common assumptions do you come across?

By Hanna Jordan on Wed, 07-09-14, 03:06

I've heard that some people think that if they can't see nuts there aren't nuts in it and it's safe for someone with a PA/TNA to eat.. gets annoying

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By Thriving With Food Allergies on Wed, 07-09-14, 15:43

Hi Hanna,

My husband walks away when someone says that to me, because he knows I'm going to start "teaching" them all about food allergies and that we're going to be there for a while. I know what you mean by saying it gets annoying though. It would be easier if people just understood.

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By Cara Lena on Tue, 03-18-14, 19:28

I'm new to the peanut allergy and I'm already hearing people say I'm going overboard - that all of those "may contain trace amounts of..." and "this product manufactured in a facility that..." warnings are just to cover the companies legally and that I can just ignore them, even though I've also had reactions to coffee that I found out is "manufactured in a facility that..." I mention this reaction and they say that it's in my head, that I'm thinking about it too much and making it happen. I am nervous about it. It's hard to find a balance.

By Thriving With Food Allergies on Wed, 07-09-14, 15:42

Hi Cara,
It can be overwhelming, but trust me that it does get easier over time. For our family, we take the labels as serious warnings of cross contamination. My son nearly died when he was two from a product "manufactured in a facility with..." I know you'll find your way soon, just make sure you carry your epinephrine because those accidents happen. Good Luck.

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