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Peanut Allergy Affects Millions of Children

Peanut allergy is the most common food allergy in children in the US, and, in fact, nearly 1.5 million are living with it today. While it may feel isolating at times, it’s important to know that you and your family are not alone.

1 in 50 children in the US has a peanut allergy
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For most children, peanut allergy is a lifelong struggle, and about 80% of children never outgrow their allergy.

Peanuts are the #1 known cause of food-related allergic reactions in children in the US.


Signs and Symptoms of a Peanut Allergy Reaction

Like other allergies, peanut allergy happens when the body’s immune system mistakes a harmless substance, like peanut protein, for a harmful invader, causing the body to overreact. So what happens during an allergic reaction? Here are just a few symptoms* of an allergic reaction.

Signs and Symptoms:

Possible signs and symptoms of a peanut allergy reaction
Possible signs and symptoms of a peanut allergy reaction

*Please note these symptoms do not represent all of the possible reactions. Consult your allergist if you have any questions and have a treatment plan for when you suspect an allergic reaction is happening.


Sometimes the body can experience a very severe, potentially life-threatening reaction. This type of reaction is called anaphylaxis. It can be marked by multiple allergic symptoms, regardless of severity, from at least 2 target organs. Since a reaction can happen within seconds or minutes of exposure, it's critical to know what signs and symptoms to look out for—and have an epinephrine auto-injector handy, at all times. Ask your allergist for a complete list of signs and symptoms and be sure to partner with them to create an anaphylaxis action plan.

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If you suspect your child may be experiencing anaphylaxis, use your epinephrine device immediately and call 911.

To learn how to recognize signs and respond to anaphylaxis, check out this poster from FAACT.


FAACT=Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team

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Peanut Allergy is
Life Altering

Peanut allergy can happen anywhere. It can happen at restaurants, school cafeterias, at home, or anywhere an allergen may be present.

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