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Reaction by just being in the same room

Can you have a reaction without touching or eating a peanut. For instance, if you are in the same room as someone eating peanut butter?


By acslobod on Mon, 08-11-14, 07:33

I agree with some of what that article shares but, I believe the Dr is not taking into account real life circumstances. There is a HUGE difference between a stagnant open jar of peanut butter sitting on a table and 20 kids sitting at a table chewing on PB&Js during a brief lunch while talking with friends. Our children have had many airborne reactions to multiple allergens. My daughter reacted to sitting at a small table with two other children eating peanut butter (diarrhea and wheezing). My son reacted to sitting at a peanut free table which had kids sitting near it eating peanut products. They added a buffer table, reactions stopped. Two years later, removed the buffer table and reactions were nearly daily till they put it back. He would get hives, excessive coughing (resulting in a lung infection) and blood shot eyes. Both kids reacted at Six Flags to roasting peanuts that were not within sight.. maybe 40-50 feet away?? One had an asthma attack, the other broke out in hives and blood shot eyes. My son also reacted to being within about 5 feet of a bin of peanuts in a grocery store. I think it really depends on the child and his or her sensitivity and the circumstances. It seems to be heating and or moving of the proteins that causes them to go airborne and how far they will go. It also takes being very observant and taking good notes to put two and two together after repeated unexplained reactions. Your best bet is of course strict avoidance in any form.

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By nandunoon on Sun, 08-10-14, 16:20

That can change as the allergy changes. In my case when I was younger I could avoid the actual peanut, but recently my face became swollen from someone's peanut breath.

By PeanutAllergy.com on Fri, 08-08-14, 20:39

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Thank you for reaching out to our community! While we cannot give you medical advice, we will do our best to explain how different PA sufferers may react under these circumstances.
Most commonly, allergy reactions occur when an individual comes into physical contact with the allergen. This can occur by ingesting the allergen (i.e., eating something that contains peanuts) or by touching something that contains peanuts.

This article discusses whether the smell of peanuts can cause a reaction. While being in the same room as a PB & J sandwich may not be life-threatening, being in a small area with several peanut shells and nuts all over may be a different story. The totality of the circumstances should help you determine whether or not you’re susceptible to suffering a reaction. This thread discusses whether or not it’s safe to attend a baseball game where peanut shells are constantly being thrown around the stadium.

However, the best policy is to avoid peanuts and allergens whenever it is possible to do so.
Here you can see how to prepare your kitchen to be peanut free.

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By MasonsMom2008 on Thu, 08-07-14, 02:08

My son reacted when we were in an enclosed stadium for a rodeo and people were cracking open and eating peanuts.

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By GrownUpLaurenMom on Thu, 08-07-14, 00:28

Here is one link with information

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