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Tree Nut Allergy

Tree Nut Allergy

What is a Tree Nut Allergy?

Tree nuts are usually cross-reactive.  This means that if you are allergic to one type of tree nut, you should try to avoid them all.


Often times, people with peanut allergy are not allergic to tree nuts. Peanuts are not considered tree nuts because they are legumes and grow in the ground. However, if you have a tree nut allergy, you may want to also avoid peanuts because they may be processed on the same equipment.

A NY allergy specialist can help you decide what is safe for you or your child.

Types of Tree Nuts

  • Almond
  • Brazil nut
  • Beechnut
  • Chestnut (also called chinquapin or chinkapin)
  • Cashew
  • Coconut
  • Filbert
  • Hazelnut
  • Ginkgo nut
  • Hickory nut
  • Lychee nut (also called litchi or lichee)
  • Macadamia nut
  • Nangai nut
  • Pecan
  • Pili nut
  • Pistachio
  • Pine nut (also called pignon, pignolia, Indian pignoli, or pinyon)
  • Shea nut
  • Walnut

Foods that Contain Tree Nuts and Should be Avoided

  • Artificial nuts
  • Butternut
  • Gianduja (sweet chocolate-nut paste)
  • Nut butter (almond butter, for example)
  • Nutella
  • Pesto
  • Pralines

Foods that Contain Tree Nuts

  • Mortadella
  • Nut extract (almond or coconut extract, for example)
  • Nut oils


If you worry that you or your child may have tree nut allergies, the allergists and associates @ the New York Allergy & Sinus Centers are here to help.  NYASC has the latest treatments and testing, and we offer convenient asthma & allergy clinics throughout the NYC metropolitan area: Murray Hill, Midtown, Upper West Side, Queens, & Chelsea. Our allergy doctors can also help you find relief for your nasal and sinus conditions, asthma, ear, nose, and throat (ENT) symptoms, respiratory allergies, & skin problems.  We see pediatric and adult patients from all over the NYC area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx.  Please give us a call today at 212-686-4448.


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