Dear Pharmacist: I had such a bad reaction to eating hazelnuts that I required a shot, and some steroids. I don’t eat many nuts, sometimes cashews. Do you think I’m allergic to all nuts? — C.J., Coral Springs, Fla.
A: You should avoid other nuts, too; I’ll tell you which in a minute. Luckily, you didn’t have full-blown anaphylaxis, which occurs in about one third of all tree nut ingestions, especially with peanuts which, by the way, are actually legumes. It shocks me that airlines still serve peanuts to passengers -hundreds of people at a time- when there is such an incredibly high sensitivity rate!
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