New to peaut allergies and scared

I'm 33 and just became allergic to peanuts. I am very anxious about this. I have two young girls and I am worried about having a horrible reaction. I don't know where to begin. I have been looking online and getting information but it's still overwhelming. I'm worried I will never enjoy life because I'll always be thinking about this allergy. Any advice?

By Dmarie411 on Sun, 03-23-14, 15:27

I was 21 when I first got diagnosed with peanut/tree nut allergy, along with a laundry list of other allergies. I also suffer from severe anxiety, so I know how you must be feeling. I'm 26 now and I promise you will learn to adjust. Just like the others have said, it's important to read the ingredients on everything! I also google allergy safe foods. You would be surprised what you can find online! And when all else fails, I call the company. I, too, have travelled safely to Disney, Tampa, Williamsburg and Vegas. Disney and Busch Gardens have great food allergy awareness in their parks and it's the best vacation to take. I have also used the Allergy Eats website and phone app to search for restaurants in whichever area I am in. It's an amazing tool! And if I don't see anything on there, I always fall back on chains like Fridays and Ruby Tuesdays. They have allergy menus.

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By PeanutAllergy.com on Fri, 03-21-14, 00:34

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Welcome to the peanut allergy community. We hope that you find PeanutAllergy.com both informative and helpful. We understand that being diagnosed with a food allergy as an adult can be scary. But having a peanut allergy does not mean your life has to be any less joyous. It may be hard at first, but you will get used to the peanut-free lifestyle.

Here are some tips we have for living with a peanut allergy:

  • Avoid foods and products that contain peanuts.
  • Always read food labels, even if you have previously enjoyed a specific food.
  • If you’ve been prescribed an epinephrine auto-injector, carry it with you everywhere you go.
  • Search online for peanut-free recipes.
  • Inform your family and friends about your allergy.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions about dishes when dining at restaurants.
  • Teach your family to thoroughly wash their hands.

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By Mrsdocrse on Thu, 03-20-14, 22:28

Hi There,
First, take a deep Breath! You CAN live and manage this allergy! If you haven't already made and appointment with an allergist, do it. They will help make and "action" plan based on the severity of your allergy. Every patient is different and you should work with your doctor to see what is best for you. Always keep your epi pen with you and some Benadryl. Read labels on everything that you buy. If peanut is and ingredient in a food they have to list it in bold. A lot of companies list "may contain" "made in the same facility" We avoid those foods too. We like to use Trader Joe's Sunbutter ( sunflower butter) instead of peanut butter. I was a nervous wreck when my son was first diagnosed at age 2 he is 13 now. After you get in the habit of reading labels it gets easier. I used to keep a spreadsheet of "allergy friendly" companies. If you eat out, I would avoid Chinese restaurants. Tell your sever of your allergy and ask that they double check with the kitchen about what would be safe. You'll get the hang of it. We have traveled successfully to many places (cruises) Canada, Disney and have had no problems,, Good LUck!

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By LandHud on Thu, 03-20-14, 01:19

I suggest taking one day at a time. Make sure you read every ingredient with everything you put in your mouth. My son has a severe peanut allergy. He does not eat any bake goods unless I make them. I would avoid eating any desserts out including ice cream and Rita's. We use WOW butter as a substitute. It taste pretty close to peanut butter. Also avoid keeping peanut butter and peanut products in your home in case of cross contamination.. Good Luck and stay safe!! Also make an allergy action plan!!

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By mrockey13 on Thu, 03-20-14, 20:35

Thank you for the post. This allergy definitely makes things more difficult. Having anxiety to begin with is making me stress. I'm scared to use the epi pen although I know it's better than not breathing. I will take your advice and take it one day at a time.

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