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BMJ 1996; 313 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7052.300a (Published 03 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:300
  1. Pamela W Ewan
  1. Medical Research Council clinical scientist Allergy Clinic, Addenbrooke's Hospital NHS Trust, University of Cambridge Clinical School, Cambridge CB2 2QH

    EDITOR,—I am aware that various creams (for eczema, cracked nipples, and massage) contain arachis (peanut) oil. While these are possible sources of sensitisation, it has not yet been established whether this oil is allergenic. One study showed no effect of giving arachis oil orally to patients who were allergic to peanuts,1 whereas another showed that it exacerbated eczema.2 Such products have exacerbated eczema in some of my patients. More data are needed, and research is in progress. The makers of …

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