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Posted on: Sun, 05/11/2003 - 9:45am
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Quote:Originally posted by AnnaMarie:
[b]Most companies didn't make as many [i]things[/i] as they do now. For instance, we used to have Oreo's. Then Double Creme Oreo's, Chocolate Coated Oreo's, PB Oreo's, etc.[/b]
Hi Anna Marie,
Yes. that is true... these days we have peanut varieties of many things, so it is not as easy to avoid as it was in the past.
I guess I was more easily scared as a child than you.. the idea of my throat swelling shut kept me in line regarding peanuts.

Posted on: Sun, 05/11/2003 - 11:03pm
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Hi,
I didn't "get" it until I visited this site!
After a couple of "minor" reactions three years ago - big swollen eyes - after eating peanuts, I went to the doctor and he said "don't eat peanuts anymore". So I didn't.
For about a year I avoided peanuts and treenuts and may contains and thai/chinese food. However, I never considered cross contamination issues or not eating food from other restaurants and I was not aware of things like HVP or natural flavourings etc. Also, I never thought about the risks of things like kissing people who had been eating nuts or sharing plates etc.
Then I started looking things up on the internet about allergies and was shocked to discover all these new things to be concerned about. Obviously, it's better this way, but I was upset that my doctor never warned me about all these issues.
I've never actually been formally diagnosed as PA, as I got the run around from a lot of ignorant doctors. I don't have an epi pen at the moment since the one I managed to get from my doctor expired a couple of months ago. I've never had another reaction since the first three and I'm extremely cautious but I know I should try and get referred to a specialist (again for the third time). Not having any health insurance doesn't help of course.
So anyway, the point of this is that it didn't take a serious reaction for me to "get" this allergy, just a lot of reading and research (especially here).
Take care,
Michelle

Posted on: Sun, 05/11/2003 - 11:52pm
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Quote:Originally posted by erik:
[b] I guess I was more easily scared as a child than you.. the idea of my throat swelling shut kept me in line regarding peanuts.
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Growing up with three big brothers, and one of them thought I was his personal punching bag - I had to learn not to be scared [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
But, we are all glad that you did *get it*.
Hmmm, come to think of it, even as an adult I really didn't *get it* for a long time. Still pretty pig-headed I guess.

Posted on: Sun, 05/11/2003 - 11:59pm
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I really can't remember the exact details very well any more, so what I post here may contradict (a little) that which I have posted before.
I was 42 when it first happened, some 4 yrs ago. I have always eaten every nut available, by the handful. I had PB on toast most weekends for breakfast. In fact, I can say I ate EVERYTHING edible (even had sheep brain curry ... and snails on a pizza!).
A group of us went out to an Indian restaurant. I had Chicken Tikka Masala, which from that restaurant had almonds in it. I also had the Naan with almonds. After the meal, we walked for about 15 mins to the railway station to go home. I made it, just, as far as the Taxi waiting area, feeling REALLY ROUGH. My head was spinning, I couldn't breathe, my heart was thumping, my lips were swollen up, my eyes itched.
I sat down to recover, the rest of the group left me, as I said I'd be OK. The next thing I know was coming round as they helped me into the Ambulance. I had fallen off the seat and hit my head, too!!. Cutting a long story short, they kept me in overnight, did some tests (heart etc.) and said that it must have been something I ate. As a couple of the rest of the group had "strange" reactions, we assumed that it was excess food colouring.
Twice more over the next 6 months or so, I had the pounding heart, swollen lips, trouble breathing. The last time, I passed out and my wife called the Ambulance. The Paramedics gave me Piriton (antihistamine) on the trip, as the rash had started. I felt fine (well, almost) by the time I got to the Hospital, where they gave me more antihistamine and watched me for a very boring 2 hours, then sent me home.
I then sat down and put 2 & 2 together and made 64.5 [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] I worked out that nuts were the common thread, so went to the Doctor and took advice. He sent me to a specialist, she agreed with my self-diagnosis(!), arranged the RAST test and then told me that I had a high reaction to peanuts, almond, cashews, walnut, hazelnut ... and Sesame!!
An EpiPen followed within 2 days.. and the rest is history!! Boy, do I CRAVE all those nuts, still! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 05/12/2003 - 2:47am
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Quote:Originally posted by Nick:
[b]Boy, do I CRAVE all those nuts, still! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
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Well, keep on visiting PA.COM - lots of nuts here. haha [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
Seriously speaking, thanks for posting your experience. Very informative.

Posted on: Tue, 05/13/2003 - 1:02am
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Quote:Originally posted by Nick:
[b]I had a high reaction to peanuts, almond, cashews, walnut, hazelnut ... and Sesame!!
An EpiPen followed within 2 days.. and the rest is history!! Boy, do I CRAVE all those nuts, still! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
[/b]
Hi Nick!
I only actually know about peanuts and sesame, but I stay away from all nuts. And I understand the craving. I really miss pb. and for me it's been about 15 years.
Funny, I don't miss sesame seeds [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 05/16/2003 - 6:31am
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Quote:Originally posted by AnnaMarie:
[b] And I understand the craving. I really miss pb. and for me it's been about 15 years.
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I guess that is one good thing about a lifelong allergy - I don't miss the taste of peanut butter since I have no idea what it tastes like.

Posted on: Sat, 05/17/2003 - 7:28am
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I understand how you feel Nick, I ate peanut and peanut products for 27 years boy do I miss the peanut butter toast. I did not get it because I had not a clue. My nephew is PA and my brother said that when I had my children to watch them for excezma whent the are babies and never give them PB until they were at least 4. So as a good mom I took them trick or treating and just took out the PB issues even the may contains and let them have the lollies and such. I ate the PB products thinking what can be the harm they were in bed and I would be clean before they got up. I did not know or understand what was happening to me my tastbuds on the back of my thoung swelled to the size of pencil erasers and my throat started to close.My husband called 911 and the rest is history no nuts for me. My girls have never had Peanuts and I dont think they every will after what happened to mommy. I think it scared them as much as it did me.

Posted on: Sun, 05/18/2003 - 12:33am
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Allergic@27, how old were your kids when you had your reaction?
My kids (I had two then) don't seem to remember anything about my bad reactions. For years I suffered hives - all over - but couldn't figure out the cause.
They were with me when I went in to ana. shock in a mall. DH dropped me at hospital then drove them to my sisters and came back.
Now my oldest (20) has developed a latex allergy, so I warned him to watch for signs of reaction when he eats banana or kiwi. Suddenly [i]it seems to me[/i] he is eating a lot more of those fruits. Then a few weeks ago when his girlfriend and I were trying to get things through to him he said not to worry, he just gets a lot of phlem at the back of his throat when he eats a banana. I don't know whether he's serious or joking. All I have succeeded in so far is to convince him to carry around two benedryl as well as the anti-histamine he takes for seasonal allergies.
Now, where did he inherit that pig-headedness from?

Posted on: Wed, 05/28/2003 - 1:05pm
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I have been allergic to peanuts since I was about 2 1/2 or 3. I have no memory of that reaction, but I remember my mother telling me that I couldn't eat peanuts. Until I was 21, I never had contact or inhalation reactions. I was also 21 or 23 when I had my firt anaphylactic reaction. When I was a kid, my mother had a relatively wide comfort zone. We had peanut butter in the house, and my sister could eat it while I was sitting next to her. Now, that will never happen--I am reacting more and more to the smell of it alone.
I guess I never had to "get it" b/c any reaction I had scared me. Most of my more recent reactions have been from accidental exposure or from dumb people who don't get how serious it is for me. I am extremely careful now, b/c the first anaphylactic reaction scared the living daylights out of me and I NEVER want to have another reaction like that again.

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