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I was wondering if there are any of you out there who are allergic to peanuts, but not tree nuts? If so, do any of you eat tree nuts?

On Dec 21, 2000

My daughter is allergic to peanuts but not tree nuts. We do not let her have any nuts at all to reduce the risk of cross contamination.

On Dec 21, 2000

Hi DavisGal,

My son is allergic to peanuts but not to tree nuts. We do not let him have any tree nuts because even though peanuts aren't nuts, I don't want him "confused" between what a nut looks like and a peanut if questioning a particular food. We steer clear of them all!

I am curious though...he was tested for tree nut allergies at 10 months of age. I read on the board somewhere that allergies can change every 5 years?! I would be curious as to whether or not he is now allergic to them as he is 6 1/2 now and has never been re-tested for tree nut.

I just might be making a call to the allergist.

------------------ Stay Safe.

[This message has been edited by Connie (edited December 21, 2000).]

On Dec 21, 2000

My son is allergic to peanuts, not tree nuts. He eats pecans and walnuts all the time. Usually only ones that are in shells. We have always had pecan trees so its not a fortune to eat them.

On Jan 4, 2001

I know am allergic to peanuts and almonds, although the reactions are different. I know I am not allergic to walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, and macadamias. I live in Hawaii and I love to eat macadamias!. There are many nuts I am not sure of because I have always been too afraid to try pistachios. My sister, who is not PA, recently discovered at age 35 that she has a violent reaction to Brazil nuts. Now she knows how I feel! I am also allergic to soy and most soy products, athough I do use soy sauce often with no noticeable reaction.

On Jan 5, 2001

My 4 yr old daughter was tested for peanuts and pecans 2 yrs ago. Peanuts was a positive;pecans was a negative. However, we have kept her from eating nuts anyway. Last week while she was at her aunts house she pointed to a bowl of hershey kisses and told her aunt that she can have those, thinking that they were the plain kind that Mom has at home. Well they turned out to be the ones with almonds in them. Her aunt was frantic after realizing what she just ate waiting for a reaction. But she did not react. So now we know she can eat almonds!

On Jan 5, 2001

My son is allergic to peanuts but not tree nuts also. We keep him away from a lot of nuts though in case they were cooked in peanut oil. We definitely stear clear of mixed nuts. He does eat cereal with almonds though.

On Jan 5, 2001

My son is not allergic to other nuts that we know of. He used to eat honey nut cherrios until he was diagnosed, but now we are afraid to give them to him. We also feel that he could mix up a peanut for a nut, so it is just best to keep him away from everything.

On Jan 5, 2001

davidsmom - your post could have been my post! Ditto, right down to the Honey Nut Cheerios.

Actually, we thought the Cheerios were made with peanuts, so once Cayley had them, we assumed we'd crossed that hurdle (although she still had the milk allergy, at the time). It's amazing how much allergy education you can squeeze in, once your child has been diagnosed.

On Jan 5, 2001

My daughter is allergic to peanuts and hazelnuts. She was negative to almonds, pecans, walnuts....I, too, don't let her have any nuts because of the confusion it might cause her (and her caregivers). Also, because of the risk of cross contamination.

On Jan 5, 2001

At one time my son was allergic to peanuts but, not tree nuts & recently he became allergic to tree nuts. Somewhere on this board, I read it usually both are hand in hand.

I always stayed clear from all nuts anyway because, I didn't want Bobby to get confused because, of the word nut.

Good Luck


On Jan 5, 2001

My son, age 3, had his allergy tests at 18 months of age he tested "off the wall" for peanut and a class 1 to cashews. Until 2 weeks ago we kept him away from all nuts. He has had honey nut cherrios 2 times in the last 2 weeks without any problems.

On Jan 7, 2001

Here's what I've been learning...My doctor said he didn't want to even test my son for tree nuts (he's 3y). He said that there is so much cross-contamination from the production of all nuts that you can't trust any nut to be without contamination. Also, I've learned that the proteins are so similar between tree & ground-nuts that that is why so often the allergies go hand in hand. Bottom line my allergist said is to avoid all nuts--It's not worth it--and he doesn't feel its necessary to test at this time.

On Jan 7, 2001

I'm allergic to peanuts and soy, and eat tree nuts with no difficulty, as long as I prepare them myself.