Allergy sufferers must always be on the lookout for triggers. Peanut allergies tend to be . The body mistaking peanuts as something harmful causes allergic reactions. Exposure to allergens can happen in a few ways: direct contact, cross-contact, and inhalation.

A peanut allergy can cause something called food-induced anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is when our body tries to fight things it thinks are dangerous by releasing chemicals. These chemicals can make it hard to breathe, lower our blood pressure, and make our lungs swell. It’s a big deal, and if someone is having trouble breathing because of it, they need to get medical help right away.  The most common treatment is a shot of medicine called epinephrine.

Peanut allergies tend to last a lifetime. But don’t worry! There are delicious alternatives to foods that include or have been exposed to peanuts.

Peanuts are legumes that grow in the ground. They differ from nuts on trees, such as almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans, and walnuts. If you aren’t allergic to tree nuts, you can safely eat sandwich spreads made from tree nuts or nut butters.

As more people developed peanut allergies, companies started making different kinds of nut butters. Almond butter has been around for a while, but cashew, walnut and sunflower butters are new favorites. These options may not taste exactly like peanut butter, but they are a great choice if you are allergic to peanuts.

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