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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 2:15 pm 

Joined: Tue Sep 14, 2010 3:29 pm
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My five year old is severely allergic to peanuts. As a precaution, we avoid all treenuts, however, I'm wondering if we need to avoid chestnuts. We love roasted chestnuts and I would enjoy sharing them with him. Naturally, this is a quesiton I need to ask the allergist but I thought I'd put it out there to the community now.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 2:58 pm 

Joined: Sun May 25, 2008 4:27 pm
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Location: Montreal
Hi gigi's mom,
Chestnuts are tree nuts, yes. But you are right to ask your allergist if you need to avoid them. Not all individuals with peanut allergy also have a tree nut allergy. Your allergist will likely ask you if your child has ever had a reaction to chestnuts and then possibly perform a skin prick test. Hopefully you can get an appointment before the holidays! It's nice to know whether or not you need to avoid a specific food.
By the way, water chestnuts are NOT a nut. Just in case you were wondering...


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Allergies to all nuts and legumes except soy and green beans.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:56 pm 

Joined: Tue Jun 26, 2007 2:45 pm
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Location: Vancouver, BC
My 4yr old is allergic to most tree nuts, but not chestnuts. He had been eating chestnuts out of the shell frequently before he had the tree nut reaction, and since the allergist also told us many TN allergic people can eat chestnuts, we have continued to give them to him with no issue.

DD 2004 Allergy to peanuts, egg, sesame, and new: lentils and chick peas
DS 2006 Allergy to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, kiwi fruit, eczema

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