Tree nut allergies affect more than 1 per cent of kids in North America. Studies show many kids can’t identify them. Pictured: Brazil nut.
Having a tree nut allergy gives a one-in-three chance of allergy to other tree nuts. Pictured: Macadamia nut.
Certain tree nut allergies tend to come together, such as those to pistachios (left) and cashews (right).
Almond (left) allergy and hazelnut (right) allergy are often found in the same person.
Walnuts (left) and pecans (right) look similar and are of the same nut family.
Chestnuts (left) are of the beech nut family, and can be allergenic. Water chestnuts (right) are an aquatic vegetable, and not a nut.
While allergy to coconut is possible, it is technically the fruit of a palm tree rather than a nut.
European scientists have discovered that despite popular belief, peanuts may not be the allergen that causes the most severe allergic reactions. In one important study, discussed at the the 2010 meeting of the AAAAI, that dubious distinction fell to the cashew.
Oils generally come in two kinds: refined and unrefined.
The school restricts peanuts, but not tree nuts. Can you give me any advice on how to keep her safe at school? Dr. Michael Pistiner answers.
Until recently, there has been little information about just how common on-board reactions really are. But a study, “Allergic reactions to peanuts, tree nuts, and seeds aboard commercial airlines,” out of the University of California at Davis’s School of Medicine, shows that high-flying allergic reactions are not unusual.
Many adults with food allergies don’t bother to take precautions, turning a blind eye to potentially deadly risks.
FAQs answered by Dr. Antony Ham Pong.