Mild Reaction?

Posted on: Sun, 09/28/2014 - 2:11pm
sammon28's picture
Joined: 09/28/2014 - 20:55

I was just wondering if anyone else's child has a relatively mild reaction to peanuts? My son describes it as a sore throat (for reference, he said the time he had strep throat it hurt far worse than peanut).

No tightening, swelling, etc. Just that it hurts.

He regularly eats granola bars, m&m's, nestle's toll house chips in cookies, Hershey's chocolate, Kit Kat's and other things I know anaphylactic kids have to avoid. He eats food that is processed in facilities that process peanuts. We just strictly avoid things that actually DO contain peanut. Due to the granola bars, we know he's not allergic to coconut either, as that's an ingredient in one of his favorite kinds.

He says the pain is less now that when he was younger (he just turned 10). Peanut doesn't seem to cause any gastro upset. No other physical reactions at all - no hives, itching, swelling, etc.

He does have eczema (which is how the peanut was diagnosed, rather than eating it and having a reaction -- his allergist thought to test him and just see due to that). Also allergic to walnuts but not almonds (other tree nuts are unknown), shellfish (seems to be genetic, both my parents were allergic) and sesame.

It just seems a rather odd mixed bag of allergies and none of the violent reactions other kids seem to have. Does this indicate he just has a mild allergy and I should count myself lucky and move on? Any thoughts are appreciated!

Posted on: Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:58am
Adrinonuts's picture
Joined: 04/02/2010 - 19:01

A person is either allergic to peanuts or they are not. Thisis one allergy where the "level or scale" does not matter. I have known of cases where a child who scored a 2 on the blood test had to go to the hospital and a child who scored a 5 has only gotten a couple of hives.
Anaphlaxis always looms and will wait for that unexpected moment. A sore throat is a sign that your son is anaphlactic. He may not have a severe reaction for years or hopefully never with proper precautions.
My daughter ate nutter butter cookies all the time, then after only sticking a piece of a peanut butter sandwich in her mouth and taking it out immediately... her lips started swelling up rapidly and her stomach hurt. The piece of PBnJ did not hardly touch her tongue.
With a peanut allergy it is always safe than sorry. Never underestimate and never assume the allergy is not serious. Peanut allergies are always serious. You do not need to panic, just care for you son as you would with any serious condition. :)

Posted on: Sun, 11/30/2014 - 1:57pm
Reneev123's picture
Joined: 07/21/2014 - 21:23

He should not eat peanuts,sesame or any nut at all. If his throat feels the way You described. The next reaction will get worse. My allergist says every time exposed to nuts,the next reaction will get worse. I hope the allergist gave you an epipen also. Your son should carry one every where!

More Community Posts

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

create a new community post
Latest Post by absfabs Tue, 11/19/2019 - 11:06am
Comments: 171
Latest Post by absfabs Tue, 11/19/2019 - 11:01am
Comments: 478
Latest Post by absfabs Tue, 11/19/2019 - 10:51am
Comments: 3
Latest Post by william robenstein Mon, 11/18/2019 - 10:35am
Comments: 1
Latest Post by sunshinestate Sun, 11/17/2019 - 1:16pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by absfabs Fri, 11/15/2019 - 5:32pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by Italia38 Tue, 11/12/2019 - 2:43pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by absfabs Mon, 11/11/2019 - 1:23pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by Italia38 Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:10pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by Italia38 Fri, 11/08/2019 - 11:47am
Comments: 6
Latest Post by sunshinestate Thu, 11/07/2019 - 3:43pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by sunshinestate Thu, 11/07/2019 - 2:48pm
Comments: 7
Latest Post by penelope Tue, 11/05/2019 - 3:44pm
Comments: 12
Latest Post by penelope Tue, 11/05/2019 - 3:35pm
Comments: 13

More Articles

It’s the time of year when holiday parties, and family gatherings can make allergen avoidance more problematic. Whether you celebrate Christmas,...

When love is in the air we can get caught up in the moment and throw caution to the wind. However, if you have a...

Food allergies and sensitivities are on the rise. Almost everyone knows someone who has problems with at least one food. The most common food...

Peanuts and Nuts Can Trigger An Asthma Attack

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAI), more than 3...

The relationship between anxiety and food or other allergy is a complicated and puzzling one. Research has shown that stress can exacerbate...

More Articles

More Articles

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, over 50 million people in the U.S. have allergies. Today's allergy tests...

The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) addresses the labeling of packaged food products regulated by the FDA....

For people who suffer from anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can result from an allergy to...

Anaphylactic shock (A-nuh-fih-LAK-tik shok): A severe and sometimes life-threatening immune system reaction to an antigen that a person has been...

In 1963 the American Medical Association designed a special symbol that would alert emergency medical personnel of special medical conditions when...

Finding allergy-free foods for an office potluck may seem impossible, but more options are available than you might think. Eating foods prepared...

One of the most difficult things for a parent to do is determine whether his or her toddler has a cold or a...

You no doubt have your own way of teaching people about your child’s food allergy, a way that suits your temperament, and style of communication....

Reliable peanut allergy statistics are not that easy to come by. There is a lot of available research on food allergies in general but not too...

Most people know that to enjoy whatever food safety accommodations an airline offers they need to inform the airline of their allergy prior to...

A 504 plan* documents food allergy accommodations agreed to by parents and their child’s school. Plans are typically created during a 504 meeting...

If there is a child at your children's school allergic to peanuts, the school probably discourages or may not allow peanut products to be brought...

If you are on a budget, but you need to wear some sort of notification that you have a peanut...

Unless we consciously carve out time for self-care, constant food allergy management can slowly erode our sense of well-being. Signs of allergy-...

Peanuts cause more severe food allergic reactions than other foods, followed by shellfish, fish, tree nuts and eggs. Although there is only a...