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Myth - Peanut & Tree Nut Allergies

Are Peanut Allergies the same as Tree Nut Allergies? Listen as Dr Bubak explains.

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Full transcript: Another allergy myth is that peanut and tree nut allergies are the same thing. Those are actually separate allergies. Most people who have a peanut allergy aren't allergic to the tree nuts such as cashews, almonds, or pecans. If you mix the two together and they touch each other, the allergens cross over and you're going to get trace or even a lot of amounts and can have problems. But when you think of peanuts, they grow under the ground. Tree nuts grow above the ground and so they look different to our immune system.

Topics: allergies, Allergy Myths

Mark Bubak, M.D.

About the Author: Mark Bubak, M.D.

Dr. Bubak is certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology to care for adults and children with asthma and allergies. He has been active in allergy research and education with special emphasis on new allergy testing and treatment methods. A South Dakota native, his medical degree is from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine, with Allergy and Internal Medicine fellowships at the Mayo Clinic.