Health Watch -- The Spooky Season: Peanut Allergies

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This week on Health Watch, we're talking about how you can have a safe and healthy Halloween. If you or your child is allergic to peanuts, masks and costumes aren't the only potentially scary things about Halloween. Peanuts cause some of the most severe food-related allergic reactions, killing about a hundred people in the United States a year.

Dr. Rebecca Gruchalla, chief of allergy at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says if anyone in your family is allergic to peanuts then you need to look carefully at candy labels before eating Halloween treats. In addition to candy that obviously has peanuts in it, there may also be peanut butter or peanut byproducts. There could be peanut contamination if the candy is made in a factory where peanuts are used. Fun-sized candy bars may not have full ingredient labels, so you may need to check the manufacturer's web site. 


October 2006

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