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Good Question: How common is a peanut allergy?

The number of people diagnosed with a food allergy is on the rise.

One that can be severe is an allergy to peanuts.

Tuesday night the Lexington Legends will go peanut free at their park for those who can't have them.

Good Question: How common is a peanut allergy?

Benjamin Deaton knows what its like to have his body reject certain foods.

"I originally had a melon allergy when I was really young and my face swelled up," said Deaton.

After being tested, Deaton found out he was allergic to peanuts as well, his life changed.

"It is a lifestyle change and you know its anywhere from someone's home that you are in to restaurants to traveling," said Deaton.

While the number of people diagnosed with peanut allergies may be on the rise, Dr. Priya Warrier says it really only affects one to two percent of the population.

"Its actually a lot less common than people think of it, because I think it does garner a lot more attention because of how severe the reactions to nuts are," said Dr. Priya Warrier with Family Allergy & Asthma in Lexington.

For those with the allergy a trip to the ballpark can be dangerous.

Many cannot be near others eating peanuts, even left over shells on the ground could set off a reaction.

"When you do have an allergy to nuts the reactions to those are often times more severe than reactions other foods," said Dr. Warrier.

If you think are having an allergic attack, Dr. Warrier says you'll know.

She says you should get tested immediately by an allergy specialist to pin point the exact trigger.

The Legends will host a peanut free game Tuesday July 12th at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

The park has been cleaned free of anything peanut related including the concession stands.


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