I keep getting different types of reactions!
I've known I was allergic to peanuts since I was five years old. Up until a few years ago (I'm 24 now), I generally had the same type of reaction to them - mild swelling of the mouth and lips, an extremely itchy throat, and a lot of vomiting.
The last couple of times I accidentally ingested peanuts, however, I've had very different reactions. On one occasion I only felt sick to my stomach, accompanied by a milder version of the itchy throat. On another occasion there was no sore throat at all, but my nose erupted in a fountain of mucus (it was disgusting) for about an hour non-stop. This had never happened before, so it took me a while to work out that it had been another allergic reaction. I'm fortunate that I've never experienced anaphylaxis, but I'm worried that if my reactions continue to vary, it might happen the next time!
I'm wondering if I'm getting different reactions lately because I've been very careful. I've only had tiny and very mild doses of peanuts lately, in which case perhaps my allergy might be getting worse, since such mild doses never used to affect me. The "sick stomach" case didn't even come about from a food with peanuts in it - it happened because I ate a non-peanut dish at a restaurant which cooked my dish in a pot that had cooked something else with peanuts in it earlier. The "runny nose" incident happened after eating a Japanese curry at another restaurant, and Japanese curries are not supposed to contain peanuts (I've never had trouble with them before), so I suspect that perhaps it was also peanut residue that time. Either that, or the chef used peanut oil in the recipe somewhere.
I also wonder if these latest ones mightn't have been peanuts after all, but a different kind of nut. I know it sounds weird, but I'm not sure whether I'm allergic to other nuts or not. I avoid them all as if I am allergic, because I had a couple of bad experiences when I was little and I'm scared to try them to find out for sure, to be honest. If I ate a different kind of nut by accident, it might explain why my latest reactions were so different. I'm more careful to avoid peanuts than regular nuts, so it's possible I could have asked the staff if there were peanuts in the dish but forgotten to check for other nuts as well. But what nut would they put in Japanese curry? It isn't supposed to have any nuts in it at all! And the other dish I ate was a plain-looking egg dish at a Chinese restaurant. I'm not sure I could miss a nut in that, but they assured me there were no peanuts in the recipe. They admitted to using the same pot to cook peanut dishes earlier, but could I really have become so sensitive as to pick that up even after they cleaned it? (Even if they didn't clean it very well?)
Or was I right in thinking that both reactions were caused by peanut residue, after all, and it's just one of those weird, unpredictable things that varies over time?