Caution

May 2002 Issue

Allergic? Check Partners Plate Before Puckering Up

If you’re allergic to nuts, your kissing partner may inadvertently expose you to enough of the offending substance to cause a reaction that warrants medical treatment, say University of California at Davis researchers. On a standard questionnaire given to 442 people with nut allergies, 15 (3.4%) voluntarily noted that they had experienced an allergic reaction after a kiss, sometimes only a friendly one, from someone who had eaten the allergenic food. Most of the kisses were within 30 minutes of

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