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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Is there a severe allergy reaction to peanuts being around?

I was recently on a plane trip and all passenegrs were advised that due to someone having a severe allergy to peanuts they would not be serving any while on the plane and the passengers where also asked to refrain from eating any if they brought their own. My question is other than ingesting a food item with peanuts can a person have a severe reaction just to being around peanuts (smell, etc)?
Thu, 10 Jul 2014
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Allergist and Immunologist 's  Response

Thank you for asking at HCM.

Yes, it is possible. Some patients have severe allergy that they can react to even inhalation of some particles or sometimes even touching the peanuts with hand. The inhaled particles can go into nose and lungs and can set up an allergic reaction.

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