other nuts?

Posted on: Mon, 05/22/2000 - 6:31am
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I have read about cross-contamination of nuts, but is it safe for my son to eat pecans from my mother-in-law's tree? They are obviously not cross-contaminated. But, he tested positive to every tree nut except pecans, so I'm inclined to keep him off pecans too for fear that he would develop an allergy to them. Is that a valid concern?

Posted on: Mon, 05/22/2000 - 6:41am
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Both my pediatrician and allergist said they have seen kids test negative to a certain nut, eat it and have a reaction. Both have recommended that my son stay clear of all nuts regardless of the test results.

Posted on: Mon, 05/22/2000 - 6:45am
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My daughter's allergist said the same thing.

Posted on: Mon, 05/22/2000 - 9:45am
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Ditto, my son's allergist said to stay away from all nuts.

Posted on: Mon, 05/22/2000 - 10:44am
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Seems unanimous. Thanks everyone.

Posted on: Mon, 05/22/2000 - 10:49am
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I think, maybe, that if you allow one nut it will confuse your child and others. Also, like the others, my allergist said to stay away from all nuts.

Posted on: Fri, 10/09/2009 - 6:31am
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I don't know that information. I know there are studies that have been done that say if you have a certain allergy you have such and such % chance of having another. I don't know the stats for nuts and peanuts but it certainly isn't uncommon to be dealing with both. Also, people dealing with all of milk, egg, peanut and tree nut allergies is for some reason another very common combo of allergens. My son has all those and more, just BTW.
In any case, peanuts and tree nuts are two of the top 8 most common food allergens and two of the, I believe, top 4 most common allergens in adults so it wouldn't be uncommon to have both. (shrug)
And more importantly, most peanuts are cross contaminated with tree nuts in the factory and vice versa so it is pretty standard to recommend if one is allergic to peanuts to avoid all tree nuts and vice versa unless the person finds a special brand that isn't x-contamed.

Posted on: Fri, 10/09/2009 - 6:31am
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I don't know that information. I know there are studies that have been done that say if you have a certain allergy you have such and such % chance of having another. I don't know the stats for nuts and peanuts but it certainly isn't uncommon to be dealing with both. Also, people dealing with all of milk, egg, peanut and tree nut allergies is for some reason another very common combo of allergens. My son has all those and more, just BTW.
In any case, peanuts and tree nuts are two of the top 8 most common food allergens and two of the, I believe, top 4 most common allergens in adults so it wouldn't be uncommon to have both. (shrug)
And more importantly, most peanuts are cross contaminated with tree nuts in the factory and vice versa so it is pretty standard to recommend if one is allergic to peanuts to avoid all tree nuts and vice versa unless the person finds a special brand that isn't x-contamed.

Posted on: Fri, 10/09/2009 - 12:30pm
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My allergist didn't put my son through more skin tests to see if he was allergic to tree nuts since, as stated above, the advice is to avoid them anyway...

Posted on: Sun, 10/11/2009 - 2:00pm
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Boy a lot of foods "may contain a trace of peanuts and/or tree nuts" such as icecream and Tim Hortons products can't guarantee they haven't been in contact with nuts; you have to be very careful as to what you eat. I've lost a few pounds just cutting out some desserts so it's not that bad, you just have to read the packaging. Hopefully I'm not allergic to shellfish as well but you never know. The nearest allergist is in Barrie, Ontario and I live in northern Ontario a three to four hour drive. I haven't been tested yet but I will be going soon I hope. I hate living like this not knowing what I can and can't eat. By the way, I just developed this allergy to peanuts a few months ago when I went to hospital for a bee sting...localized reaction. Doctor put me on Prednizone for the swelling and shortly after that like less than a week I had a severe reaction to pb on toast...lips swelled up like I was on Botox...and hives down my torso. Not fun at all.

Posted on: Sun, 10/11/2009 - 10:47pm
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I had the same question as cfussell when we saw my daughter's allergist. If peanuts are a problem, shouldn't I be more concerned about other legumes like dried beans and soy rather than tree nuts? Especially since my daughter had been eating tree nuts without a problem since after her first birthday. According to her allergist, people with a peanut allergy have a 1 in 4 chance of developing a tree nut allergy.

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