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Peanut Allergy and Eczema?

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By KateDe on Fri, 02-02-07, 05:12

I feel like a posting fool now because I have so many questions. I've done nothing but read things for days about Peanut Allergies. One thing I seem to notice is that many peanut allergic children also have eczema. Is there a link? Do you or your PA children have eczema?

I read this: "More than twice as many children with peanut allergy (57%) had eczema-like rashes in the first 6 months of life compared to 23% in the whole population"

I also read that possibly the creams used on babies contribute to the peanut allergy and that upset me. I would hate to think that allergies like this could be averted and we just don't know.

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By gw_mom3 on Fri, 02-02-07, 06:22

My pa/tna dd has excema. It started, and was the worst, when she was around 5 mos old. She doesn't have many flareups anymore (we are VERY careful) but when she does it's usually bad enough to need prescription meds (and she has mystery hives sometimes).


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By Momcat on Fri, 02-02-07, 07:58

DD's eczema is under control right now, but not gone. I had eczema until I was in my twenties. Maybe she'll outgrow it.


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By Andy'sMom on Fri, 02-02-07, 09:11

DS had severe eczema starting in the first weeks of life. By 6 months we had exhausted all the "safe" medicines for him and his eczema had only gotten worse. His face was so bad that I had a woman ask me how he got so rug-burned. He had a lot of open sores that wouldn't heal up. We had blood test done and it turned out to be MFA's. I cut alot of food out of my diet (I was nursing him) and his skin got better. I weaned him completely at 9 months to Nutramigen and his eczema is gone. The pediatrician actually commented that he might have been allergic to my breastmilk. The only times we have issues with eczema now is a few days after a reaction. In our case his eczema is directly related to his food allergies.
Eczema, food allergy, and asthma are related. If the child's mother (as in my case) has asthma then the child is more likely to have one of the three. My older brother has always had severe eczema (although he refuses to be tested for any allergy) and both Grandma's and DH have at least one food allergy. Our child was destined for it. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img]
In regards to prescription cremes we were given one by a dermatoligist that had a main ingredient of a tree nut. (I think it was called Atopiclair but I might be confused.) This is the same dermatoligist that told me her daughter, about my DS's age, also had eczema and that she would never test her for food allergies. She felt that they are often outgrown, along with eczema, and that I shouldn't over react about it. (Pretty close to her exact words.) I don't think my DS would be alive if I followed her advice. We don't have the cream anymore, although (for my skin) it was amazing. I completely agree that alot of allergies could probably be averted or at least less sensitized if parents were more informed.

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By Jimmy's mom on Fri, 02-02-07, 11:37

DS had very severe eczema as a baby. So bad that other moms didn't believe it really was eczema, and I had to carry a doctor's note for him to be around other kids (even then, some moms removed their children from DS's presence, because they were sure his skin condition was contagious).
When DS was 4 months old I met a woman for the first time (we would become very close friends). She was a doctor. When we first met she saw DS and said (within about 15 seconds of being introduced), "Hmmm, atopic dermatitis...he's going to have trouble with food allergies." Well, I thought this a little rude and presumptive, and his own doctor had never mentioned that he was at risk for food allergies, so I didn't really believe her, and it took a while for me to warm to her after that. But, obviously she was right, or I wouldn't be posting here now.


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By KIMMO on Fri, 02-02-07, 13:22

I've suffered with excema since I was about 16. I worked in retail & washed my hands alot because after handling money for many hours, my hands were black & grimy. I suspect that's maybe how it started. Within the past 2 yrs. I started reacting to pn & tn. I was tested with SPT & RAST, & they were both neg. I still seem to react when I eat pn or tn. I carry benadryl & epi-pens on me at all times.

I feel that it's always best to be safe, even if I'm really not allergic, I treat myself as I am. When my eyes swelled & I had itchy hives all over my face after eating 4-6 pecans, I consider that proof enough for me that I'm PA & TNA.

I watch my 3 kiddos, they don't have any excema or any FA or EA. I'm definately more aware & will be watching any signs of FA in them.

Keep on doing research. This board in so helpful. I've learned everything that I know from this board. My allergist isn't very helpful in my opinion. I'll be switching dr.s' at some point.

Hope that helps.

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By krc on Fri, 02-02-07, 14:03

My Pa dd had severe exzema--especially in her first year.
She still has some flare ups (at 10) but it is MUCH more under control.
Our ped told us when dd was under 1, that with the severity of her excema, her GERD, and her intolerance to milk/soy that she was going to be at a very high risk for developing asthma and allergies.
It all seems to go hand and hand unfortunetely.

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By Adele on Fri, 02-02-07, 14:30

'Atopy' is an allergy for which there is a genetic predisposition. (The tendency to develop a certain type of allergy can be inherited, but not the allergy itself)

I've read that those with atopy are more like to have asthma, eczema and food allergies. So if you are an atopic person, you are more likely to have all three.

When I meet someone with food allergies, I ask if they also have eczema and asthma in the family. Almost without exception, they do.

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By josh'smom on Fri, 02-02-07, 15:05

I thought my son had excema but it turned out to be keratosis pillaras (sp?). Both the pediatrician and the allergist confirmed this. His father has it too. I on the other hand have always had it really bad on my scalp and my hands. My daughter got it from me and she has it on her wrists and elbows. We just put baby oil and lotion to control it. She has outgrown her allergies to egg and peanuts. My son outgrew the egg, but we are still waiting to see if he will outgrow peanut. One of my nephews also outgrew his allergy to egg/peanuts, but still gets excema sometimes. He is 15 now.

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By KateDe on Fri, 02-02-07, 17:54

Fascinating and frightening. There has to be a reason for all of this and something that can be prevented.

My son had eczema since he was about a month old. I first had him allergy tested when he was under a year. They didn't screen for peanuts at that time. He had the pin pricks on his back for everything else. Everything showed up negative. His eczema was a mystery to us. I had him allergy tested twice since then because he had the original peanut reaction. Everything but peanut has always been negative.

I was so tired of seeing the poor kid scratch himself that I started keeping a food diary. I cut out milk just to see what would happen. His eczema cleared up overnight. Although he tested negative for milk three times it must be the cause of his eczema. I do allow him a very small amount of milk per week, usually in cooked products. It doesn't seem to be a problem. He used to drink a lot of milk and eat a grilled cheese a day. Since I stopped that... no eczema.

After reading stuff online I really wonder if some of the creams I used on him as a baby for his eczema contributed to his peanut allergy? I know you can't go backwards but it would be great if future children could avoid this.

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By camiac on Fri, 02-02-07, 19:23

My 15 yo dd has pa and eczema and I have always suspected my nursing her as the culprit. Back in the day, I had no computer or internet access. I was on my own and limited in what I read. I "knew" nursing was "good" for her. So I continued even though she had severe eczema. Her eczema became so bad that finally the pediatrician had her tested. She was found to be soy and dairy allergic. Meanwhile, I was guzzling both to give her proper vitamins, protein and calcium in my breast milk. Dumb Dumb Dumb. What can I say? Thankfully there is so much info out here (sometimes it feels overwhelming). I have to wonder if I had known about food allergies when I was nursing ,would I have been able to prevent her developing these severe allergies? Her PA was discovered later, and again, I know I had PBJ sandwiches during my nursing days. By the way, she has almost outgrown her milk and soy reactions. She can have a little of each. They don't really appeal to her though (Tofu anyone?)

The thing is, again, back in the day, I never knew about the "may contains" controversy. We avoided only obvious peanut products. Anything else was ok. So maybe, just maybe, her mild exposures over the years have helped her develop some immunity??

I don't know if we will ever know.

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By Lori Jo on Fri, 02-02-07, 19:29

Ds had bad eczema within days of her birth. I had been eating PN's out the wazoo since I was working on a low carb diet and studying for my boards. Poor baby was probably reacting from my breast milk. Around age 1 she was weaned, and diagnosed with PA. No PN's since, but her eczema didn't really clear until she was almost 3. It still comes back occasionally, mostly due to really cold or hot weather.

Lori Jo,

Rose, 7-31-02, PA
Beatrice & Georgia, 8-14-99

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By Sarahb on Fri, 02-02-07, 19:37

My son had a few very small spots of what could have been eczema or just really dry skin. That was one of the reasons that we were so careful in limiting his exposure to common allergens. Our pediatrician told us of the link.

The first time he had a peanut product (that I know of) was after his third birthday and he reacted mildly. The second time he had a peanut product we ended up in the ER.

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By chanda4 on Sat, 02-03-07, 01:42

My son Jake, the one allergic to peanuts and all tree nuts does have eczema...it's pretty controlled now actually. There for awhile his penis had it really bad and I had to use Protopic...but not lately.

Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

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By solarflare on Sat, 02-03-07, 04:10

My PA child has eczema, BUT, so do 2 of my kids who are not peanut allergic.

I have eczema too. We're a pretty atopic family.

Cheryl, mom to Jason (9 MFA including peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish and egg)
Joey (7 NKA)
Allison (4 milk allergic, suspect shellfish, avoiding PN/TN for now)
Ryan (1) nka *knock on wood*

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By Julius7us on Sat, 02-03-07, 04:29

My PA son /7/ has had eczema since birth. Within a day or two of birth he got baby acne that didn't seem to go away. I was nursing him and thinking those peanut butter sandwiches were great protein! Nobody in our family ever had an allergy to peanuts. He still has it. I found that vanicream works really good and doesnt have any unnecessary ingredients in it. I buy it online and for the life of me I can't remember the store. There are several places that sell it. I can always tell when my son got a trace of nuts because his eczema flares up. Definately connected. Debi

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By krasota on Sat, 02-03-07, 15:22

My eczema showed up in infancy. Every single doctor we ever saw just said that I was atopic and would always have eczema.

When my soy allergy surfaced and became severe, I had to cut out all soy. My lifelong eczema disappeared.

A couple years later, it came back. My wheat allergy was becoming severe. I cut out gluten, the eczema went away.

I was still plagued by dyshidrotic eczema. It turned out I was getting TINY bits of soy/gluten cross-contamination. I cut those sources out and the eczema went away.

It stayed away until I got pregnant. I have no idea what's causing it now, but my OB says that when my hormones return to normal, my new rashes, hives, and eczema should also go away. I hope so!

Anyhow, my doctors always said I just had to live with eczema, but it had a food trigger all along.

Incidentally, I also get contact dermatitis from *many* common ingredients in cosmetics, foods, and toiletries.


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By JULES63 on Sat, 02-03-07, 15:50

My PA child does not have eczema but I do and I've suffered severely since childhood. My other child has very mild eczema, no PA, but has recently developed seasonal allergies.

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By Adele on Sat, 02-03-07, 15:51

What lotion to you think is the best for eczema?

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By KateDe on Sat, 02-03-07, 18:06

Adele, we use aquaphor.

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By Luc's Mom on Sat, 02-03-07, 19:03

I was so tired of seeing the poor kid scratch himself that I started keeping a food diary. I cut out milk just to see what would happen. His eczema cleared up overnight. Although he tested negative for milk three times it must be the cause of his eczema. I do allow him a very small amount of milk per week, usually in cooked products. It doesn't seem to be a problem. He used to drink a lot of milk and eat a grilled cheese a day. Since I stopped that... no eczema.

WE had a similiar experience--DS had bad eczema as an infant- so i BF him until he was about 11 mos, when we switched him to whole milk, he continued to have eczema and also very loose stools.. we switched him to soy milk, his skin got MUCH better and his stools were normal.. when he had his first rx (to Nutella, hazelnut & peanut oil), they SP tested him for milk.. he came up with a questionable reaction (it was right under peanut, which was HUGE and the doc wasnt) but when he was RAST tested, he came up right on the borderline..

in general his eczema is much better if we stay ontop of it w/moisturizers. But he does have more flare ups in the winter (dry heat, the cold outside, etc..)

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By lmw on Sat, 02-03-07, 23:13

DD had her first flare of exzema somewhere between age 4 and 5, I think. I believe there was a link between her first Amoxicillin prescription and the exzema. (The pharmacist said no...)

She began reacting to tree nuts at about age 7, the exzema continued maybe into her mid-teens - mild only.

She became PA just before turning 18.

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By makerlm on Sun, 02-04-07, 06:00

My 16 month old son has had exzema since he was about 1 month old. When he was 12 months old we found out that he had asthma and at 13 months we found out that he had a peanut allergy.

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By Sharonagain on Sun, 02-04-07, 15:14

My 1 1/2 year old son only has mild eczema - a few spot on his legs and sometimes dry cheeks/chin (although I'm not sure if this is from drooling).

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By krc on Sun, 02-04-07, 15:33

Quote:Originally posted by Adele:
[b]What lotion to you think is the best for eczema?[/b]

We used to use Eucerin cream or a low percentage hydrocortizone cream when it was really bad.

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By Kelley on Sun, 02-04-07, 20:08

Wow -- my daughter had eczema til she was about 2 (she's four now)....she was diagnosed with asthma just before her fourth birthday....and peanut allergy just past her birthday.

My youngest son has had pretty severe eczema since birth but hasn't test positive to any food allergen (mildly reactive to dog dander). His allergist has had him on Zrytec, which I didn't understand since he's not having nasal symptoms. The pediatriican just explained ot me on Friday that sometimes Zrytec is given to kids with eczema has a hope to stem the development of asthma. Interesting.

My other son (twin to my PA daughter) has periodic eczema, which seems to be a reaction to certain sunscreens. He has no known allergies and no breathing issues.

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