My Girlfriend Has a Peanut Allergy. Do We Have to Worry About Kissing?enteenshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/T-expertAnswers-enHD-AR1.jpgFind out what the experts have to say.food allergy, food allergies, peanut allergy, nut allergy, kissing someone who is allergic to nuts, kissing someone who has a food allergy, food allergies and kissing, allergic reactions03/03/200809/26/201609/26/2016Steven Dowshen, MD06/14/201598dfcd09-77f0-442e-a7cd-1d2f63684e24https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/allergies-kiss.html/<p><em>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?<br /> </em>&ndash; <em>Kevin*</em></p> <p>Relax &mdash; the stories you've heard do happen, but they are rare. If you take some simple precautions, you and your girlfriend can kiss&nbsp;with no problems.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>If it's noon and you won't see your girlfriend until later that evening, it's OK to have a PB&amp;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).</p> <p>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 &mdash; or order the same thing she does &mdash; and you can kiss her goodnight with no problem.</p> <p><em>*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.</em></p>
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