We are two kids who used to have a peanut allergy. More than 3 million people in the United States have nut allergies. For some reason, the number of nut allergies in kids has tripled from 1997 to 2008.

From our experience, having an allergy stinks. When you have a peanut allergy, you can’t eat at the same table as your friends or you may have a reaction, depending on how allergic you are to peanuts. You might have a reaction if you eat peanuts, or if you have a more severe case, just being around peanuts is dangerous.

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Having an allergy of this sort is also bad because nuts are a great source of protein that you can’t have.

Christian grew out of his peanut allergy, and Brady got desensitized to peanuts. Brady went to an allergist for treatments once a week for 26 weeks, and now he can eat peanuts. His main doctor was Dr. Atul Shah. Every week he went up a dose. It started with a teeny bit of peanuts blended in with a drink, and ended with eating 24 peanut M&M’s.

Now Brady can eat anything that contains peanuts. He has been eating 10 peanut M&M’s a day for a year, and in only two more years, he will be done with the treatment. We are both very excited we now don’t have an allergy. You should look into getting desensitized, too.

For more information go to center4asthmaallergy. It has locations in Shirley and Centereach.