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Use of Ornamental Peanut Plants
Q: My grandson has a severe peanut allergy. I want to plant some ornamental peanuts as landscape plants. They are sterile hybrids that do not produce any seeds or nuts. Will they be a problem? Read more.
A: Ornamental peanut plants (Arachis glabrata) have become popular for use as lawn ground cover. This distant perennial cousin of the common peanut, Arachis hypogaea, grows low to the ground and produces dense green foliage with small yellow flowers. Read more
Food Allergies by Blood Testing?
Q. My son had an allergic reaction to peanut butter, requiring a visit to our local ED, so his primary care physician ordered allergy blood tests. The tests showed he’s allergic to peanuts, wheat and milk. He eats wheat and drinks milk every day without any trouble. Do I really need to take these foods out of his diet? Read more.
A. Your son should definitely continue to strictly avoid all foods containing peanut and maintain two epinephrine auto-injectors at all times. The good news is that he does NOT have to remove milk or wheat from his diet if he is able to eat these foods without symptoms. While food allergy is becoming more common, so is the over-diagnosis of food allergy. Read more.