Sensitivity to peanut butter but not peanuts?

Posted on: Tue, 08/21/2018 - 2:01pm
AmmyPie's picture
Joined: 08/21/2014 - 20:46

Hey everyone,
Okay, this is kind of a long question with a back story. One day last year I had been eating a spoonful of peanut butter when I noticed that my cheeks started to go numb. I asked my fiance what he thought about it, and he suggested going to get tested for a peanut allergy. So a week or so later, I had gotten the allergen test where they prick a grid of common allergies onto your back. However, the doctor said that I did not react to the peanut portion. Confused, I asked his opinion, and he suggested that maybe the peanut butter went bad or something but that I wasn't allergic.

Well, we threw out that old jar and got another one. But it happened again. At first it was only with Jiff peanut butter that made my face tingle and then go numb, but now it is all kinds of peanut butter and Reese cups.

Now, when I eat peanuts out of the shell, I'm fine. Nothing happens. Can I be allergic to peanut butter and not peanuts? We had moved away from the doctor I had gone to, and since it wasn't so bad I hadn't worried about going to another doctor. However, it's now getting progressively worse. Before I could eat a couple spoons of peanut butter and then start feeling something. Now I have one and my face tingles and then my cheeks go numb. So can I be allergic to a whole bunch of different kinds of peanut butter and not peanuts?

Thanks guys!

Posted on: Tue, 08/26/2014 - 3:30am
Aidan has PA's picture
Joined: 08/19/2013 - 09:16

That sounds like you are allergic to an ingredient in the peanut butter instead of the actual peanut itself.
That should be easy enough to test, go to a store that makes its own peanut butter and try the fresh ground stuff. The store does not add all of the extra hidden ingredients that large scale food manufacturers do.
If that does not bother you, it may be next to impossible to really figure out what you are allergic to. FDA labeling laws do not require every ingredient to be listed unless it is a major food allergen. Even then, the naming conventions allowed makes finding out what some ingredients are impossible unless you have an inside source.
Good luck

Posted on: Wed, 05/27/2015 - 5:51pm
rainholt's picture
Joined: 05/28/2015 - 00:21

Hi, super excited when I saw this post because people think I'm crazy.
When I was in 5th grade I had peanut butter toast on morning for breakfast, just like I'd done for years and broke out into a mass of hives. I've mostly avoided it since except the occasional like SUPER SMALL, pea sized taste. Crunchy is better than creamy, as in I don't break out right away but it still happens and I get super itchy/or tingle and heated/numb. Anything with peanut butter in it causes some sort of reaction. Like, I would feel so horrible sometimes I would text my sister, "If anything happens (normally, I would say, "if I die" Mostly, the whole dying part was just me being dramatic), it was the peanut butter cookie."
I am perfectly okay with plain peanuts though, and this year, after 8 years of avoiding peanut butter, someone in my dorm suggested Adam's Natural Peanut Butter because it's only de-shelled peanuts ground together. I think I have went through three jars of that this month alone. Not a single reaction.
A little off topic, but I react the same way to chocolate as well: hives, itchy, tingle, numb, except for that one week a month all us females have. Then, there is no reaction. I've never had actual allergy testing because my sister had it and they said she wasn't allergic to anything or had any issues, yet she breaks out touching, let alone eating, strawberries or raspberries and always got sick off of milk.
Anyway, I just assume I'm allergic to something in peanut butter and in chocolate and avoid them both, most of the time.


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