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Can a stuffy nose be a reaction?
I have a question but also a message about airlines. That is why I've decided to post here and not under the airlines section.
I'm a little curious if anyone has heard of a stuffy nose as being a symptom of an airborne peanut reaction. I did a search but came up empty.
The reason why I ask is this. We just came back from Florida last night and flew on US Air and Metro Jet. I called the airlines ahead of time and was told that they don't serve any food on Metro Jet. Well this woman was definitely wrong. Before we left Boston I also asked the grounds crew if they served peanuts. The woman there told me they have a lot of extra peanuts hanging around because they don't serve them anymore. Well, she was wrong too. When I got on Metro Jet to come home yesterday, I asked the flight attendent if they were serving peanuts. She replied that they were serving peanuts and pretzels. After explaining my son's situation, she said they would only serve pretzels. She told another flight attendent right in front of me. That woman said, "well, we just won't serve them to her son". (well I could have taken care of that myself). The first woman said, "no, her son is very allergic and we shouldn't be serving any peanuts". And that is what they did.
Then on the leg from Baltimore to Boston, I asked the flight attendent if a snack was going to be served. She said the flight was too short for a snack. I said, "so there will be nothing served?" and she said that is correct. Well I guess I should have been more specific. We were at the back of the plane and with about 20 minutes to go, they served us a beverage and wouldn't you know, peanuts. I couldn't believe it. I explained the the flight attendent that I was annoyed. Not at her but that I asked someone else earlier, I called the airlines and was even told they don't serve peanuts anymore. Her response was that the airlines keeps changing what they serve. That peanuts were out for awhile but seem to be coming back. She did tell me that in the future, I should board the plane and tell a flight attendent about the allergy. The attendent will then make sure that peanuts are not served. I was not specific enough (not really wanting to cause attention - my fault). I guess you live and learn. The woman next to me heard my whole conversation and stuck the peanuts in her pocket. Very considerate.
Anyways, here's my question. About 5-10 minutes later my son (just turned three) tells me his nose is stuffy and his knee itches. He said this without me asking him any questions. Over the next 10 minutes or so, he said it a few times and scratched his head and made a frustrated sound. When the plane was landing I asked if his nose was stuffy and he told me he was all better. Reaction or coincidence?
When we checked on him last night, he was snoring so loudly. He normally snores but this was unbelievable. He was obviously still congested. This morning he seemed fine but my nanny called about an hour ago to tell me he said his stomach was bothering him. Who knows, maybe he's getting sick and last night's plane ride was just a coincidence. Any thoughts?
P.S. I'm sorry this is so long. I wanted you to get the facts first. I also wanted people to hear the importance of being very specific with the flight attendents about having a peanut allery. The people booking the flights don't seem to have accurate information.