Hi ... I have been allergic to Peanuts for a while (Im

Posted on: Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:14am
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Joined: 10/15/2014 - 18:06

Hi ... I have been allergic to Peanuts for a while (Im allergic to a lot of things) .. it wasn't until my 20's that I became allergic. It did go away for a few months, but when it came back I had to start having an epi pen with me :( .. I get very frustrated at having to read EVERYTHING, and not knowing what to look for. I know sometimes it will say PEANUTS and other times theres other words used. How do I know what to look for? Also has anyone ever had a reaction to tattoo ink because of a peanut ingredient?

Posted on: Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:12am
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Question of the Week: Answered!
Every week, PeanutAllergy.com answers one of the questions posted in our community.
Our Answer:
Hi there! We understand how frustrating it can be navigating food allergies. Sometimes it can be incredibly overwhelming to figure out which foods are safe and which aren’t.
To start, you should know what foods to avoid. Of course, avoid the obvious sources of peanut products including peanut oil, peanuts, peanut flour, peanut butter, and ground nuts. This article should give you a better idea of which foods aren’t safe. Also, there are a bunch peanut-free recipes on PeanutAllergy.com. Here is the link.
Peanuts sometimes appear in places you would least expect. These sources include shampoo, dog food, fertilizer, and cosmetics. This community post on unusual or unexpected sources of peanut is very helpful.
Additionally, certain ingredients that are products of peanuts may be listed by their chemical names. These ingredients include arachis oil and lecithin. This community post has a huge list of ingredients to avoid because they may contain traces of peanut.
In regards to your question about tattoos, there is some concern about temporary ones. There is evidence that they may cause long term allergic reactions. Consult this article to learn more. Also, this community post directly addresses the question of whether someone with PA can get a permanent tattoo. Here is the link.
One thing to remember: you are not alone! Although allergies can be frustrating, with research and education you can make them less of a hassle.
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Posted on: Sun, 10/19/2014 - 1:08am
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Joined: 06/29/2001 - 09:00

I remember feeling like that. But decided 10 years ago that I would just eat fresh meat, fresh fruit and vegetables. Not only do I have a healthy diet but don't have to be anxious about everything I eat.

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