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It can be done! Peanut-free life for 15 years and counting!
hi everyone :-)
I just though I'd relay some news...bad news and good news. For background, I've had the allergy since age 2, and I'm now 31.
Bad news: my peanut RAST test showed me between a 5-6 on a scale of 6. My allergist concludes from this that trace amounts can set me off into anaph. shock. I already know that airborne causes an asthma like attack, stuffy nose, and itchy eyes. Also, I get skin contact hives from second hand peanut exposure.
This means that I have effectively lived a peanut free life for the past 15 or so years. I wanted to share this with everyone here since so many of you have young ones with the allergy. I have not had ANY ingestion reactions in that time...only minor contact reactions (which Benadryl cream/liquid fixes). So, it can be done!!! For a while, friends and family thought I outgrew the allergy so that is why I have had no reactions. In reality, I have not had any (ingestion) reactions b/c I am extraordinarily careful. Also, it's a testament (possibly) that as you get older with the allergy and learn better ways to accomodate peanut-abstinence, that you can live a "severe reaction" free life even though the severe threat exists all around you. Other good news too...I am just borderline 0/1 for tree nuts, with cashews being a strong 1/2 borderline. This relieves some of the everyday threat of exposure to tree nuts (though for now I am still sticking with no tree nut traces or manufactured on same equip).
Happy Festivus everyone!
30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy
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