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Can peanut allergy be prevented?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Because scientists haven't discovered an explanation for why people develop peanut allergies, there isn't a proven method to prevent peanut allergy. However, there are ways to prevent and prepare for allergic reactions. If you or your child has been diagnosed with a peanut allergy, the following steps can help you prevent a reaction:

  • Understand allergy causes and symptoms.
  • Remove peanuts from your diet.
  • Read food labels to avoid accidental exposure to peanuts.
  • Carry emergency medications such as antihistamines or epinephrine injectors.
  • Wear a medical alert device.

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