All kinds of nuts...

Posted on: Sat, 03/13/1999 - 4:40am
Kelly Morse's picture
Joined: 03/13/1999 - 09:00

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

Posted on: Sat, 03/13/1999 - 6:52am
brenda's picture
Joined: 01/22/1999 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Sat, 03/13/1999 - 10:09am
Mary Catherine's picture
Joined: 01/25/1999 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Sun, 03/14/1999 - 4:17am
Kathryn's picture
Joined: 02/17/1999 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Mon, 03/22/1999 - 10:27pm
Lynda's picture
Joined: 03/08/1999 - 09:00

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

Posted on: Wed, 03/24/1999 - 2:12pm
Lynda's picture
Joined: 03/08/1999 - 09:00

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]


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