What is peanut allergy?

Also known as: food allergy.

Peanuts are not “nuts” they are actually legumes from the same family as soybeans, peas and lentils. Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies found among children. For children with peanut allergy, even exposure to tiny amounts can cause potentially severe and life-threatening symptoms (anaphylaxis).

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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