Microwaves and the Peanut

Posted on: Sun, 11/09/2014 - 9:29am
Allergy Sufferer's picture
Offline
Joined: 11/09/2014 - 16:01

Hello, I am a new member. This is my first discussion. So if I have an allergy to peanuts, is it unsafe for me to use a microwave that was previously used to cook a product containing peanut butter?

I have a deadly allergy to peanuts; however, I think I have a lower level of sensitivity because I do not recall ever having reacted to the smell of peanut butter. Sometimes I am afraid that I will, after talking to someone whose breath smells of it, or having a snickers bar waved in my face by someone who does not know it is death to me. I've never once reacted to the smell on breath or the close proximity of a snickers bar.

SO back to my question, maybe it is OK for me and not for someone else, but I wonder if a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for example, was placed in the microwave, would that contaminate any food that was placed in the microwave afterwards?

Posted on: Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:39am
PeanutAllergy.com's picture
Offline
Joined: 06/21/2013 - 11:03

Question of the Week: Answered!
Every week, PeanutAllergy.com answers one of the questions posted in our community.
Our Answer:
Welcome to our community! Your concern is understandable considering the severity of your peanut allergy as well as the fact that airborne particles can potentially cause a reaction.
An allergic reaction occurs when peanut proteins are attacked by the body’s immune system. The proteins must be present for a reaction to occur. Typically, it is rare for airborne proteins to cause a reaction. You can read more about whether airborne particles can affect you here.
On that note, it is better to be safe and avoid exposure whenever possible. Cleaning your kitchen and microwave to prepare for safe cooking is important. Hot water and soap can do a lot to remove peanut contaminants from dishes and other items. Here are a few other tips on cleaning areas that have previously been contaminated.
If the microwave you’re using is at work and you are wondering about your rights as an employee with peanut allergies, more information can be found here. You have a right to request a safe work environment, and it may be easier for them to accommodate your allergy if you let them know what you need.
We asked our Facebook community for their opinions, and you can see what they said here.
We wish you the best and hope our site is helpful for you!

Posted on: Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:47pm
sasha14's picture
Offline
Joined: 11/14/2014 - 19:38

I am also anaphylactic to peanuts, and have never had a reaction due to using a public microwave or fridge at school or work. You have to use good judgement though... if you open a microwave and it reeks of peanut butter, don't use it. I dont know who would be microwaving a pb&j sandwich anyways, but you never know. If I have to heat up my food at work or school I use a sealed container that won't allow anything else to get in to my food. Hope this helps!

More Community Posts

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

create a new community post
Latest Post by Italia38 Tue, 11/12/2019 - 2:43pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by absfabs Mon, 11/11/2019 - 1:28pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by absfabs Mon, 11/11/2019 - 1:23pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by Italia38 Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:10pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by Italia38 Fri, 11/08/2019 - 11:47am
Comments: 6
Latest Post by sunshinestate Thu, 11/07/2019 - 3:43pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by sunshinestate Thu, 11/07/2019 - 2:48pm
Comments: 7
Latest Post by penelope Tue, 11/05/2019 - 3:44pm
Comments: 12
Latest Post by penelope Tue, 11/05/2019 - 3:35pm
Comments: 13
Latest Post by absfabs Tue, 11/05/2019 - 2:11pm
Comments: 6
Latest Post by absfabs Tue, 11/05/2019 - 2:09pm
Comments: 5
Latest Post by chicken Tue, 11/05/2019 - 12:06pm
Comments: 5
Latest Post by sunshinestate Mon, 11/04/2019 - 1:44pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by sunshinestate Thu, 10/31/2019 - 11:20am
Comments: 2

More Articles

For people who suffer from anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can result from an allergy to...

Anaphylactic shock (A-nuh-fih-LAK-tik shok): A severe and sometimes life-threatening immune system reaction to an antigen that a person has been...

In 1963 the American Medical Association designed a special symbol that would alert emergency medical personnel of special medical conditions when...

Finding allergy-free foods for an office potluck may seem impossible, but more options are available than you might think. Eating foods prepared...

One of the most difficult things for a parent to do is determine whether his or her toddler has a cold or a...

More Articles

More Articles

You no doubt have your own way of teaching people about your child’s food allergy, a way that suits your temperament, and style of communication....

Reliable peanut allergy statistics are not that easy to come by. There is a lot of available research on food allergies in general but not too...

Most people know that to enjoy whatever food safety accommodations an airline offers they need to inform the airline of their allergy prior to...

A 504 plan* documents food allergy accommodations agreed to by parents and their child’s school. Plans are typically created during a 504 meeting...

If there is a child at your children's school allergic to peanuts, the school probably discourages or may not allow peanut products to be brought...

If you are on a budget, but you need to wear some sort of notification that you have a peanut...

Unless we consciously carve out time for self-care, constant food allergy management can slowly erode our sense of well-being. Signs of allergy-...

Peanuts cause more severe food allergic reactions than other foods, followed by shellfish, fish, tree nuts and eggs. Although there is only a...

If you avoid peanuts, it’s likely you know the joy of cashews. Slightly sweet and smooth in texture, cashews provide not only relief to those with...

The prevalence of food allergy has dramatically increased over the past two to three decades, and not just among children. Preliminary results...

When someone in the family is diagnosed with a food allergy, a choice must be made whether to ban the problem food or foods from the home. The...

Looking for a fun way to share what you know about your own food allergies? Or are you hoping to educate the people around you in a fun way about...

According to the results of a new study, children lacking Vitamin D may be more susceptible to food allergies. Researchers working at the Albert...

If you or your child has a peanut or nut allergy, identifying the presence of nuts in food becomes a priority, but what if the written or spoken...

Soap allergies can cause a lot of discomfort and itching. If you suddenly develop a rash or bumps on your skin, you may suspect that you have an...