Monday, March 27, 2017 11:32 AM


If you have an allergic reaction to one type of nut, you might be tempted to avoid eating all others. After all, symptoms like itchy lips, hives and face swelling aren't pleasant, and food allergies can be life threatening in the worst-case scenarios.

But now, a new study[1] finds that just because you're diagnosed with a nut allergy doesn't necessarily mean you're allergic to it. In the research published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, at least half of people with a diagnosed nut allergy do not show allergic symptoms to other types of nutseven when tests show that they are allergic. And nearly all of the people with allergies to peanutswhich are technically legumeswere able to safely eat tree nuts like almonds, walnuts and Brazil nuts, even though tests had suggested they might be problematic.

Researchers looked at data from 109 people who had tested positive for a tree nut allergy, according to blood and skin tests done ...

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