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I'm anaphylactic to nuts, will touching walnut wood and eating afterwards cause an allergic reaction?

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Nut-anaphylactic car enthusiast here. I touch walnut wood in luxury cars on the dashboard, the shifter, etc. Will touching walnut wood and eating afterward cause an allergic reaction?

The allergen in the tree pollen is a specific protein found in the pollen and not in the wood. Touching the wood of the same tree would not pose a risk.

Food Allergy, Tree Nut Allergy
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Douglas T. Johnston D.O. FAAAAI, FACAAI

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