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Health Information For Teens
My girlfriend has a peanut allergy. I’ve heard stories about how people can die after being kissed by someone who just ate nuts. Do I have to worry about kissing her?
Relax — the stories you’ve heard do happen, but they are rare. If you take some simple precautions, you and your girlfriend can kiss with no problems.
Studies show that food allergens are most prevalent in a person’s saliva immediately after eating. But the presence of allergens gradually decreases over time, and after a few hours they are all but gone. Experts advise brushing your teeth and waiting at least 4 hours before kissing someone if you think you ate a food that person may be allergic to.
If it’s noon and you won’t see your girlfriend until later that evening, it’s OK to have a PB&J for lunch. Just be sure to brush your teeth and use lots of toothpaste before you see her (just as anyone wanting kiss-worthy breath would do).
If you and your girlfriend are going out for a meal together, choose what you eat carefully. Ask her for advice on what you can order that doesn’t have nut ingredients — or order the same thing she does — and you can kiss her goodnight with no problem.
*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.
Peanuts are one of the most common allergy-causing foods, and they often find their way into things you wouldn’t imagine. Learn the facts on living with a nut or peanut allergy.
Taking precautions and carrying meds are just part of normal life for someone who has a food allergy. Here are some tips on how to make travel also feel perfectly routine.
Although food allergies are more common than ever, people who have them may feel different or embarrassed. A good friend can really help.
Doctors are diagnosing more and more people with food allergies. Knowing what to expect and how to deal with food allergies can make a big difference in preventing serious illness.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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