Should I be this scared of my allergy?
I am 16 and have had a peanut allergy ever since I was 1. I have accidentally eaten peanuts multiple times. And once on purpose at the allergist as a test. She said my allergy has always been between a level 0 and level 2. Even to this day, my prick test shows it as a mild allergy. She said when the allergy is at a level 14, that's when people should start being concerned. She's the #1 allergist in the whole state of Pennsylvania. So she knows what she's talking about.
I've never gone into anaphylaxis. Just itchy nose, I think my mom said I had an upset stomach or I was vomitting or something. And itchy/tingling mouth or tongue or something. I don't know, I can't remember.
It's been like 10 years.
But anyways I've always acted as if I didn't have a peanut allergy and it was just a little un-notable thing in my life. I ate other nuts, I had never ever asked restaurants about allergy information, ate at places like Asian restaurants, Dairy Queen, etc., never cared if a product said may contain peanuts, and I just lived my life, you know? My family even eats peanut butter all the time in the house. NEVER had a problem living my laugh that way. The only time I had a reaction was when I had an actually peanut or more (like a bite of peanut butter).
But then I came across this website online and I found how CRAZYYY cautious all of you are. Like "NEVER TAKE CHANCES THAT'S OUR FAMILY POLICY" or "just because the reaction has always been mild doesn't mean it will stay that way.." or "You should avoid ALL NUTS" something crazy like that.
And I'm not gonna lie, it scares the crap out of me. Here I am wondering if I should be more cautious even though I have never gone into anaphylaxis and never thought twice about eating somewhere new, or at an ice cream shoppe. I mean maybe I'd ask if I went to a bakery but that's a rare occasion.
My allergist said that the allergy doesn't always get worse. I brought it up and she said that wasn't true. And like I said, she knows what she's talking about. I think she said it probably won't become worse.
But yeah after being on this website I'm like scared to eat at restaurants, even the ones I know and love that you guys for some reason deem "unsafe". Should I give up my careless lifestyle even though its worked for me for so long for this anxiety-ridden one? Because there always is that chance.
I mean I'm even scared to go on my annual vacation this year with my huge family because we go out to eat at new places every night. I obviously have no say in where we eat and my allergy is irrelevant to them because it's mild as of now. And I can't just not eat and then eat at home, I mean, we're on vacation. If I bring up my allergy at all they'll be like, 'it's mild, you're being paranoid' and that's true and I should just calm the eff down.
But I want to know YOUR opinion on this. Should I just calm the heck down and continue leaving an allergy-off-the-mind lifestyle? Or should I be extremely careful?