peanut allergy treatment
Start writing a post

10 Things You Should Never Say To Someone With A Peanut Allergy

Even if you aren't trying, you're probably being annoying.

10 Things You Should Never Say To Someone With A Peanut Allergy

I am allergic to peanuts. Yes, I know, it's a tragedy (or so I've been told). For my whole life, I've learned to deal with it; between knowing which foods to avoid and carrying medicine with me at all times in case of an emergency, I'm pretty much an expert at this point. As for those around me, I can't always say the same. No matter who I'm with, I seem to get questions about my allergy. While I usually don't mind answering them, it can be annoying to hear the same things over and over, as well as to explain yourself multiple times to the same person. Here's a list of the questions/comments I get ALL the time:

​1. What happens if you eat peanuts?

This one isn't actually that bad. Allergies are different for everyone, so it makes sense that people want to know how severely allergic I am. But at the same time, I always think to myself, "What do you think happens? I explode?" Most of the time, I'm good at holding back the sarcasm, though. Most of the time.

2. So if I go near you with my peanut butter, you'll die?

Sarcastic response: Yup. Right away, too. Might wanna leave the building, actually.

Polite response: You should probably keep your distance, but I won't die unless I actually eat it. And even then, I won't die unless I don't get my medicine. So no, I won't die.

​3. What's it like at the "peanut-free" table?

My allergy isn't severe enough to restrict me to the "peanut-free" table, but it was often joked about among my classmates. Joke's on them, most schools have switched to a "peanut" table for kids who do bring peanut products to eat.

4. You're missing out on peanut butter.

When you grow up without something, it's hard to miss it. For example, if you never ate apples for your whole life, would you really miss eating them? No, because you've never eaten them in the first place. Regardless, people are ALWAYS trying to convince me that I am worse off because of my allergy.

​5. Have you ever had peanuts before?

How do you think I figured out I was allergic? I didn't just pick a random food. For me, it happened when I was just starting to eat real food. My mom fed me peanut butter and I got a rash. The doctors said I was allergic, so that was the last time I intentionally ate peanuts.

6. Do you like the taste?

Believe it or not, I've actually had people ask me this question. The answer is a big NO. Eating peanuts makes me sick so WHY WOULD I LIKE THE TASTE??? Seriously, common sense could answer that for you.

7. ​I feel bad for you, I love *insert peanut butter candy bar here*!

Thank you for your pity, but I'm just fine over here with my Twix and Milky Way bars.

​8. I don't believe in allergies.

That must be nice. It's easy for me, however, to believe in them when I am unable to breathe because of something I just ate. I guess ignorance is bliss, right?

9. ​Maybe you'll grow out of it.

This is probably the most frustrating thing I was told as a kid. Do you know how awful it is to get a kid's hopes up that their allergy will go away when it most likely will not? That's just plain mean.

​10. *Waves peanut butter in my face* Does this bother you?

I got this a lot in school. Most of the time I just rolled my eyes because, no, it wouldn't kill me, but anyone waving anything in your face is bound to bother you.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
New Year Resolutions

It's 2024! You drank champagne, you wore funny glasses, and you watched the ball drop as you sang the night away with your best friends and family. What comes next you may ask? Sadly you will have to return to the real world full of work and school and paying bills. "Ah! But I have my New Year's Resolutions!"- you may say. But most of them are 100% complete cliches that you won't hold on to. Here is a list of those things you hear all around the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

The Ultimate Birthday: Unveiling the Perfect Day to Celebrate!

Let's be real, the day your birthday falls on could really make or break it.

​different color birthday candles on a cake
Blacksburg Children's Museum

You heard it here first: birthdays in college are some of the best days of your four years. For one day annually, you get to forget about your identity as a stressed, broke, and overworked student, and take the time to celebrate. You can throw your responsibilities for a day, use your one skip in that class you hate, receive kind cards and gifts from loved ones and just enjoy yourself.

Keep Reading...Show less

Unleash Inspiration: 15 Relatable Disney Lyrics!

Leave it to Disney to write lyrics that kids of all ages can relate to.

The 15 most inspiring Disney songs

Disney songs are some of the most relatable and inspiring songs not only because of the lovable characters who sing them, but also because of their well-written song lyrics. While some lyrics make more sense with knowledge of the movie's story line that they were written for, other Disney lyrics are very relatable and inspiring for any listener.

Keep Reading...Show less

The Six Most Iconic Pitbull Lyrics Of All Time

Mr. Worldwide just wants to see you succeed.

a photo of artist Pitbull

It is no secret that Pitbull is a gifted artist, but many fail to remember that he can be a source of great inspiration as well. The following is a list of iconic Pitbull lyrics that we know and love. Read on to feel empowered — if you think you can handle it.

Keep Reading...Show less

11 Essential Expectations for Becoming the Ultimate Cheermeister

Mastering Festive Expectations: Tips to Shine as Your Holiday Cheermeister

Crazy for Christmas

So you’ve elected yourself as this year's Holiday Cheermeister, there’s no shame in that. The holidays are your pride and joy, and you've taken on the responsibility to get everyone in the spirit. With only one week until Christmas, here are some things we expect from you, Cheermeister.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments