Boyfriend recently developed peanut allergy

Posted on: Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:14am
nerfherder's picture
Joined: 09/17/2014 - 17:08

Hi, my boyfriend was recently diagnosed with a peanut allergy, and I'm so afraid I might accidentally kill him. I gave up peanuts as well, but I'm worried that if I bake something for him, or make anything with our pots and pans, some type of cross contamination will occur and trigger a reaction. We used to use a LOT of peanut butter. Probably went through 2 jars a week. Am I being completely paranoid or is something like this possible?

Posted on: Thu, 09/18/2014 - 7:59am's picture
Joined: 06/21/2013 - 11:03

Hi there! Your concerns are common in the PA community. When you have a loved one with PA, it is natural to feel a certain amount of anxiety. This anxiety ranges from worrying about cross-contamination to making sure you have medication with you just in case.
It is fantastic that you are giving up peanuts as well as making your home peanut-free. If you continued to consume peanut butter while your boyfriend did not, it would cause more anxiety because the possibility of cross-contamination would be much higher.
It would be a good idea to give your eating utensils and cookware a very thorough wash. Even though it is unlikely there are traces of peanuts left on the cookware and utensils, it is better to err on the side of caution. Here is a helpful article on what safety measures to take when you or a loved one has PA.
Also, now that your boyfriend has PA, you will want to be safe when you go out. Don’t forget to alert the waiter of his allergy when you go out to restaurants. You never know where peanut products may show up. Also, be sure to ask for ingredient lists for sauces or other condiments where peanuts may hide. Here is a helpful article on peanut-free restaurants.
Additionally, keep in mind that peanuts and peanut products are in many things, including processed foods, fertilizer and even some dish soaps. If you want more information on unexpected sources of peanuts, try this community post. Also, here is an article about food products made with peanuts and here is an article about food products made with peanut butter.
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Posted on: Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:11pm
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Joined: 08/31/2014 - 10:46

before you bake something, wash all the pots, pans and bowls that you will be using. then, if you are using a boxed or canned ingredients and any ingredient at all, be extra coshious to make shure that nothing in the product has any croscontamination with peanuts and or tree nuts.
And before you see your boyfriend, make shure that you haven't just been eating a PBJ or a PB bar or something like that. And just to make extra precautions, wash your hands real good and brush your teeth before you see your boyfriend.

Posted on: Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:19am
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Joined: 12/05/2012 - 06:38

You know if he was eating peanut but then had a positive peanut test you probably should consider it a false positive test. Usually the history of eating peanut without acute symptoms trumps the skin or blood test. Perhaps he should ask his physician to order a peanut component test before things go too far.

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