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Sneezing and wheezing your way through the seasons got you down? Get your allergy or allergies under control with this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- A medical ID bracelet
- Some over-the-counter antihistamine
- An epinephrine autoinjector
Avoid direct contact
Avoid direct contact with peanuts or anyone who has recently handled peanuts.
Avoid peanut-based products
Pay attention to ingredient labels and stay away from products that contain peanuts — even peanut oil — or that may have been processed by machines or people who handled peanuts.
Alert your friends and family
Let your friends and family know about your allergy so they don’t break out the nut bowls when you visit.
Avoid restaurants that use peanut oil
Avoid restaurants that may cook with peanut oil—such as Thai and Chinese—as merely inhaling the smell of nuts could set off an allergic reaction.
Wear an ID bracelet
Purchase and wear a medical ID bracelet that explains you have a peanut allergy so medical personnel know what to do in case of an emergency.
Carry an over-the-counter antihistamine with you in case you start to have an allergic reaction.
Carry injectable epinephrine
If you know you’re at risk for a severe reaction, like shortness of breath or losing consciousness, have a doctor authorize you to carry an injectable dose of epinephrine (a shot of adrenaline) with you at all times.