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Posted on: Sun, 02/27/2005 - 10:44am
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I ate peanuts all my life till I was 49. Then it started with a swollen sore and very lumpy tongue. And a few months later I was eating peanuts at a party and I had a worse reaction - swollen tongue, mouth, throat, racing pulse, red on face and body. Luckily there was a nurse there and she gave me an anti histamine tablet and rushed me down to the duty doctor (who luckily happened to be my own Dr), After 1/2 hr I started to feel alot better. Now - I am totally peanut free. He said - who knows how bad it would be next time.
Since then, my daughter and her 18 mth old son have been told they have a slight intolerance to peanuts too.

Posted on: Sun, 02/27/2005 - 11:33pm
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Hi Rainbow. Welcome to the board.
I'm in to cross-stitch too. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Do you find companies label well in your country?

Posted on: Tue, 03/22/2005 - 8:53am
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All food is labelled really well in NZ. There is a law about it. The only products I am wary of are the foreign ones with labels in a foreign language (even if some of it is translated). Maybe in NZ things are labelled a little too well because nearly everything "may contain traces of peanuts". I am OK with this food and only really have to worry about obvious peanutty things. I guess it safe guards the companies having this warning on - but it can be a huge pain for me !!!!!!!!! I find companies are very careful about contamination here and Australia and do their best to stop it.
When I ate my 1st "may contain traces of peanuts" food item (chocolate) after I found out I was allergic to peanuts, I sat in the car outside the hospital while I ate it, just in case, but I was fine.
A few weeks ago I had exactly the same allergic reaction while eating a bit of battered fish from a fish and chip shop. I took an antihistamine (sp?) tablet and was fine 1/2 hr later. The next day I went in to the shop and asked the owner/manager if they used peanut oil for cooking and she said no. She was horrified that I had this reaction and has no idea what caused it. So maybe there is another allergy lurking out there for me. I have eaten fish before this time, and after - and no problems.
What annoys me is that my daughter in law has asked me to make the grandkids peanut butter sandwiches on the odd occasion. I did the 1st time (scrubbing my hands straight after) but now I delegate the job. She knows about me and peanuts - she just doesn

Posted on: Tue, 03/22/2005 - 10:36am
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In Canada, if there is peanut oil in the vegetable oil it has to be on the label. Is that true in NZ as well? Is it possible that the vegetable oil contains some peanut oil?
That's totally unfair of your daughter in law. My grandson's mom never feeds him peanutbutter before he comes here for a visit. In fact, she wasn't letting him have *may contains* before he sees me, but i told her that wasn't necessary. And when I'm at their house, if he asks for peanutbutter, his mom says no - and offers him something else. At my house, I give him peabutter and he can't tell the differance. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] (He really shouldn't be eating peanutbutter at his age anyway - especially with pa in the family. But, I refuse to harp about it non-stop. I don't want her to not want to let me see my grandson.)

Posted on: Tue, 03/22/2005 - 2:03pm
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AnnaMarie - I dont know about the vegetable oil here in NZ. I will check it out. But I am 99% sure if it has peanut oil in it - it would be on the label.
As a matter of interest a couple of weeks ago some makes of Easter eggs were recalled off the supermarket shelves because they "may contain nuts" and it was omittied from the label.
I dont think some people realise just how dangerous allergies of any sort are. My daughter is allergic to penicillan and since she was a wee tot she could never eat mushrooms. She said she couldnt swallow them (was that her body warning her not to?) I think the mushroom thing and the penicillan thing are related - but thats a subject for a diff web site.

Posted on: Wed, 03/30/2005 - 1:12pm
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I am 33 and have a know peanut allergy since the age of 3 - so I've been living with it for 30 years and before it was well known and understood.
My mother would make me peanut butter sandwiches (since there are no allergies in my family - at all) and after the 1st taste I would stop eating it. I would sit and stare at the sandwich and refuse to eat it. I was a fussy eater so my mother would make peanut butter sandwiches for me, but I would just stare at it remembering how it made me feel the first time I tried it. Fortunatetly, I wasn't anaphylactic at the time. I don't know what would have happened if my PA was as severe back then as it is today.
Hope this helps.

Posted on: Wed, 03/30/2005 - 1:56pm
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At that time did your mom know you were allergic? or is it looking back it was realized you had been allergic that long ago?
I must admit that at first your post really shocked me. But, then I realized that even 20 years ago a woman I knew (and her mom) both fed her son foods that he was allergic to. They never realized his reactions could become life-threatening.
Goodness. What a different world we live in.
Hey, and welcome to the board peanut_mom. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] If there are any treats you haven't been able to find safe - these boards are the place to find them. Just verify that the information you are reading is for products in your country. Sometimes the same company labels differently between Canada and the US - and sometimes the products are actually made differently. And if you can't find what you want - ask.

Posted on: Sun, 04/24/2005 - 1:54am
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I was diagnosed with PA when I was around 2 years old. (I had a nut cookie and my eyes swelled shut, and mom took me to ER). My mom had a pretty wide comfort zone. I was, at the time, only ingestion allergic. I only had a couple of reactions that just consisted of hives, and some asthmas symptoms.
My first anaphylactic reaction was when I was around 21. I didn't know that's what it was until I finally got a hold of my allergist. I always took my allergy seriously. When I look back, there were a lot of foods that made my mouth itch and I never knew why. NOW I do--it was probably cross-contamination. I can't say that it was a specific time that I *got* it, but this site and what the dr. has told me is helping me to take it more seriously. I do know that after 2 anaphylactic reactions, some cross-contamination reactions, that I am WAY more careful than ever. I also agree with poster that there are so many more foods made with peanut butter today and that's why we need to be more careful. I think it's really sad that this society seems to think that peanut butter is the best thing in the world and it has to be in EVERYTHING!
Although I found a miracle yesterday. I was at a scrapbook expo and there was booth for fudge. I asked how safe it would be to eat their fudge. They said that they do have peanut butter in some of their fudge, but they said they use different mixers for Peanut/NUT fudge from the nutless fudge AND they clean out the containers before they mix new fudge in them!! I was in shock, almost passed out, b/c it seems that candy is so difficult for me to find that is safe!

Posted on: Sun, 05/01/2005 - 1:36pm
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Anna Marie,
Your response to my post reminded me of something I should have said in my original post. Like I said I don't remember that first reaction or much about the allergy until my adult years. I just knew I was allergic to it and I had to stay away from it. But, in hindsight I think deep down I knew PA was nothing to play with. I remember now sometimes I would eat certain things and my tongue would feel itchy. I didn't understand why, but now I think I was having a mild reaction (b/c that is the first sign I've had something with peanuts in it. ) I've eaten things now that I've always eaten and i sometimes get an itchy tongue adn I think it's a may contain. I am very careful now about eating stuff with may contains. I think I was always careful because I was always sick wehn I was a kid, so probably I somehow knew that I shouldn't be eating them!
My mother also did not make a big deal out of it either.

Posted on: Mon, 05/16/2005 - 1:36pm
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I stopped eating PB after my lip swelled after eating a reeses pb cup. After a few months, I realized that I was no longer getting heart burn- which I had been getting often.
I still wasn't *sure* until I got tested several years later... the doc diluted the already diluted solution by 10x and I still had a 4+ result...
Tara P

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