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Dear Alexander,

My friends always say that because I'm allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, I'm missing out on lots of great food. This makes me feel bad; how can I make it stop bothering me?

Instead of thinking about foods you can't have and wondering what they taste like, think about all the good things you can eat. When your friends tell you that you are missing out, tell them that they are right – you are missing out on hives, stomach cramps, throwing up, and other symptoms of an allergic reaction!

If there is a food that you’d like to try, but it is made with ingredients to which you are allergic, talk to your parents. They might be able to help you come up with a recipe for a peanut- and tree nut-free version of that food.

Good luck!

Your friend,

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The information above is not designed to take the place of a doctor’s instructions. Patients are urged to contact a doctor for specific information regarding guidelines for care.

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