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Are peanut allergies airborn? Or would someone who is allergic have to actually touch or eat peanut products before having a reaction?


Asked by Anonymous at 3:47 PM on Aug. 16, 2010 in Health

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  • No they're not airborne unless somehow a peanut dust got into the air. Like the shavings at the bottom of a peanut jar, or if someone were making something and some of the shavings got into the air. Otherwise, no it is not airborn. The person would have to touch, eat, or come in some physical contact with a peanut or peanut substance to have a reaction.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 4:13 PM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • I think it depends on the severity of the allergy. Most have to actually touch the peanut.

    Answer by mompam at 3:48 PM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • In the MOST EXTREME cases, yes. It can be an airborne allergy.

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 3:49 PM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • either one is a possibility, depends on the person

    Answer by peanutsmommy1 at 3:49 PM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • Most actually have to eat a measurable amount. If you're worried about someone coming over, ask.

    Answer by SWasson at 3:50 PM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • PP's are correct... I have encounted both

    Answer by Morgain at 3:50 PM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • Yep, both. Some people have to eat it, some have only to touch where it was, some are so sensitive that airborne protiens are enough for a reaction.

    Answer by canadianmom1974 at 3:54 PM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • I know the Texas Roadhouse restaraunt near our house has a couple of signs (some rather large ones) OUTSIDE the place saying that there are peanut products inside.

    Answer by terpmama at 4:05 PM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • It has to be both contact and/or airborne. It really depends on the person. I know there has to be the risk of airborne, because airlines have banned peanuts from the planes, because the in flight air is closed-circulated air system. They don't want the peanut dust to end up in the circulated air.

    Answer by SAHMinIL2 at 4:06 PM on Aug. 16, 2010