Adult onset of BOTH peanut AND Tree nuts

I'm wondering if anyone has had this..I've eaten nuts all my life, no issue...a few years ago I found that eating LARGE quantities of Almonds would give me a headache, but I assumed it was just stress (i was in school, had a 5 year old, and an injury that required surgery) so I just laid off them for awhile and didn't eat them in large quantities so much...

FF over the last few months I've been getting migraines and such and I've been able to link it back to Almonds, still not thinking allergy I tried Cashews last week and had a migraine so bad I thought my head was going to explode...and I'd had a weird throat thing, like I could FEEL the flap that separates my windpipe from my esophagus when my throat was at rest.

Benadryl took the headache away almost immediately, the throat thing by the next day. When I re-triggered it without thinking by handling banana nut bread from Starbucks. I went a week without anything, and tried a few peanuts yesterday and the headache was there within an hour.

I know that it's not abnormal to get an allergy as an adult, I just don't know how to read labels, if it's "peanut" free, is it automatically "tree nut" free?

I don't have insurance so I can't go get tested, or to the doc for an epi pen or anything, I'm just trying to make sure that I can make this transition as easy as possible...my 8 year old is a peanut butter FEIND so it's not just me that's dealing with this...and I don't want to get him all excited about alternatives and then find out he can't have that either...

By LGriffin1 on Mon, 01-06-14, 01:17

There are discounted programs for epinephrine auto injectors. I understand labels can be overwhelming. Sometimes there is cross contamination during manufacturing processes. These are not required by law to be labeled. If the allergen is directly in the product, there has to be a label. When in doubt say no thanks. As for alternatives, I've found Sunbutter to be a good substitute to PB. There are different kinds too. I stay away from General Mills, Kelloggs, and Nabisco products. Enjoy life is a good brand for baking chips if you're looking for that kind of thing. Certainly keeping a food journal will help when you eventually see a Dr. Definitely treat it as an allergy eating out. I cannot stress enough, if you don't feel comfortable about eating something or somewhere, DON'T. It's better to be safe than in the ER or worse.

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By PeanutAllergy.com on Fri, 01-03-14, 01:50

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Welcome to the peanut allergy community! Hopefully our website will help you.

Food allergies present themselves in various ways, so your headaches definitely could have been a side effect of eating nuts.

Reading food labels is one of the first steps in avoiding exposure to nuts. If a label states that a food is peanut-free, that does not mean it is free of tree nuts. Even if you have had a certain food product before, make sure to check the label every time you consider eating it.

You can find a list of nut butter alternatives by checking out the foods section of our website. Your child can enjoy the peanut butter taste and you won’t suffer any of the nut allergy symptoms.

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By supernat on Fri, 12-13-13, 04:46

You're not alone! I was that kid who would eat pbj sandwiches several times a day. Peanut butter was my favorite food. Then around the time I turned 18 I started getting horrible stomach pain when I ate it. But I loved PB so much that I would sometimes make the painful sacrifice for a Reese's. Well I guess that was pretty dumb because it became a full blown anaphylactic allergy.
STOP eating nuts until you can get tested. Repeat exposure will only make things worse.

By rachel martin on Sat, 11-30-13, 21:10

I can tell you that peanut free does NOT automatically mean tree nut free. If something contains peanuts or tree nuts it should be clearly marked on the packaging.

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By KristyS43 on Sat, 03-09-13, 01:57

Bethany,

I just joined the group as I am also new to the peanut allergy. Not sure yet about tree nuts but I am trying to stay away from them as well. One of the things about labels is it will say things like "contains peanuts", "may contain peanuts", "contains beernuts (another form of peanuts)", "made in facilities where peanut products are made" or something similar. I can try and post the links to some of the other pages I have connected to that tell about the different terms. As for your question about if it's peanut free is it automatically tree nut free that's an interesting question that I don't know.

As for the issue of getting tested what you did by just eliminating is a step in the right direction. Keep a log of everything you eat and drink. That can help with some of this as well. Also, if you live close to a major medical school they may be able to help with your care since you have no insurance. As far as Epipens if you need them contact Epipen directly to find out about financial programs. They are offering one right now where those who need them can get the packages for no copay. I hope this is of some help, and I wish you the best with trying to learn to live with this. It has not been easy for me either.

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