All kinds of nuts... - Peanut Allergy Information

All kinds of nuts...

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My husband and I are confused on just what all a peanut allergy entails. Does this include coconuts? What about other types of nuts?

Also, how can you tell how bad a reaction may be when your child has never actually eaten peanuts? Our child was given a blood test that determined his allergy was a category 3 with a 362 allergy count. (He also has an egg allergy and we have seen reactions to that.)

Our doctor has not mentioned the Epipen yet but we use Benadryl several times a week.

Thanks! Kelly

On Mar 13, 1999

Hi Kelly,

We learned when our son was first diagnosed with his peanut allergy that peanuts are not nuts, they are a legume. They are in the same family as soybeans, chick peas, lima beans, peas, pinto beans and lentils. Each legume has to be tested individually to determine if there is an allergy to them. We have given our son lima beans. He did not react but he also didn't like them. He does love peas, however.

When they first tested my son at the age of 10 months (he is 4 1/2 now) they tested him for:

Coconut: 67 ;Sesame seed: 52; Almond: 69; Pecan Nut: 55; Peanut: 2130

All were in range except for the peanut.

My son does have an allergy to eggs also - catagory 4. He has outgrown his milk allergy.

When you say you use Benadryl several times a week, do you use it routinely or is it due to your child having weekly reactions?

I have read posts on this board regarding different reactions, whether the child was slightly allergic or highly allergic. One never knows how they will react the "next" time. I would talk to your child's allergist immediately regarding a prescription for an Epi Pen Jr.

Good luck!

On Mar 13, 1999

Kelly, Although peanuts are not in the nut family, published research shows that 30% of people allergic to peanuts are also allergic to tree nuts (ie, pecans, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts). So it is very wise to avoid all tree nuts. Another reason to avoid tree nuts is that they can be cross-contaiminated with peanuts during processing at the factories.

If your child has only been seen by a peditrican, than I highly recommend that you go to a BOARD CERTIFIED ALLERGIST (preferably an allergist that specialilizes in pediatrics). You will learn much more from an allergist then a regular ped. And you will definately want to have an epipen.

You will learn alot from reading old messages on this board. And please subscribe to the organization called The Food Allergy Network, 800-929-4040 [url=","],[/url] they are a wealth of information and resources. Even though it will be overwhelming to you, you must read, read, read up on this allergy and educate yourselves. Peanut and egg allergies are life-threatening conditions that require strict daily vigilance. Good Luck.

On Mar 13, 1999

I just learned something new...I didn't know people allergic to peanuts might also be allergic to tree nuts. Thanks for the information.

On Mar 13, 1999

I read that researchers are finding that one in three peanut allergic people will also develop an allergy to tree nuts in the future, so we now avoid tree nuts too in the hopes of preventing further allergies. Our son was negative for tree nuts when tested.

On Mar 14, 1999

Hi, my son Troy and my brother David are both allergic to all tree nuts and peanuts but are not allergic to any other legumes such as lima beans or peas or to any seeds or to coconut which is a fruit not a nut. Both Troy and David have had skin prick testing to determine those allergies.

Troy also tests strongly positive to eggs but has never reacted to eggs. His allergist theorizes that he may be allergic only to raw egg proteins as he tolerates cooked egg proteins without difficulty. Also, just a note about egg allergies and immunizations--there have been some studies that show that egg allergic children can tolerate egg-based vaccines so you may want to explore the parameters of those studies with your allergist.

I agree with the earlier posts that suggest you see a pediatric immunologist/allergist. You need a prescription for epi-pens and you need at least one epi-pen for every 15 minutes that you are away from an hospital. We usually have 2 pens with us wherever we are in case 1 doesn't work or an emergency room is more than 15 minutes away. Also try to get a trainer epi-pen (without a needle) for use with babysitters, teachers, family etc. and save expired epi-pens to use on an apple for experience.

Take care.

On Mar 14, 1999

Kathryn, I am so glad you mentioned the relation between the egg allergy and immunizations. My son had his MMR booster done at the allergist's office, per his allergist's request, in case he reacted to the shot. Thank Goodness he didn't have a reaction.

On Mar 23, 1999

Connie: My son Sean is anaphylaxis to Peanuts and Eggs. He is a category 3 for peanuts 4892 and a category 4/5 for eggs 17,059. He recently reacted to Almonds too but I need to discuss the whole matter with his allergist. He will be seeing him April 9 to discuss his MMR shot. I hope to learn more at this visit. The following is a little off topic but I just wanted to share this with you because everytime I pass this billboard, my teeth grind. It is an advertisement for a local paper. It shows a grocery bag with a grocery list. The list is titled LIFE'S ESSENTIALS and on that list is Milk, Bread, EGGS, and the newspaper. I just wonder if these advertisers know how much they influence our children? "LIFE'S ESSENTIALS" for some can be "LIFE'S DEATH SENTENCE" to others. Lynda

On Mar 24, 1999

Hi Lynda,

According to the "score" of the allergies, your child is a level 5 and not a 3 for peanuts and eggs are a 6.

Are there different scoring methods?

I have the scoring for the blood test.

On Mar 24, 1999

Hi Connie:

This was his score on the RAST Test. I don't know too much about the scoring methods, I only know that this is the level that my pediatrician told me. He said, and I quote, "Be VERY Careful". I have since scheduled an appointment with an allergist but unfortunately he can not see us until April 9th. Sean has already had an anphylaxis reaction to eggs and peanuts and I am on pins and needles about the whole thing. I will let you know the outcome after our visit. Lynda [img][/img]

On Mar 25, 1999

Lynda, good luck with your visit on the 9th.

My son is also allergic to eggs and has never had one. He gets retested yearly for the egg allergy and I was hoping he would have outgrown it by now (he'll be 5 next month).

I can sympathize with you! Cam did have to have his MMR booster in the Allergist's office and did not have a reaction. I hope that is some comfort for you.

Please let us know how your visit goes!

Take care!

P.S. To Kelly Morse...I received your e-mail and tried to write you back several times. My e-mail was returned each time - undeliverable. I just wanted to thank you for writing me and that I did try to write back. Thanks!


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On Mar 25, 1999

Hi Lynda, My son is also allergic to eggs and I was very nervous about his MMR. They did it as a skin test, it took a couple of hours. He did not have any reaction. Good luck to you on the 9th!!

On Mar 26, 1999

Connie & Jan: Thanks for the positive feedback on the MMR! I hope all goes well with Sean's. I will update you after his visit. Lynda [img][/img]