Allergic to the smell of peanuts?

Posted on: Mon, 02/25/2002 - 4:38pm
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Has anyone ever had an episode from the smell of peanuts? I've spoken to many doctors and allergists about this and they all look at me like I'm crazy. Of course, the usual sly question follows "Did you know it was peanuts before you 'reacted'?" I've reacted to the smell of peanuts before I even realized it was peanuts. (Luckily my husband and daughters are so used to my allergy, they were able to detect it at about the same time I reacted and I was able to get away with only needing Benadryl. My allergy seems to be getting worse with age. My last reaction was because someone was eating a quarter's worth of peanuts on the other side of our office. Everyone attacked the poor man before he could even finish chewing. They opened windows and sent him on his way. I thought I was okay, but went out of the building just in case. Sure enough, I became very stiff, my throat starting closing and I got very shaky. When those symptoms went away, I felt like I had been hit by a truck for the rest of the day. If anyone else has reacted like that, I'd love to hear from you!

Posted on: Tue, 02/26/2002 - 2:40am
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Welcome Gazun,
My son has reacted to merely the smell, even when he was fast asleep so he couldn't have "known" they were peanuts. Your MD needs to get his/her facts right!
Amy

Posted on: Tue, 02/26/2002 - 4:31am
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Hi there! It wouldn't take long at all while researching peanut allergies, to learn for a fact that a person can react from touch and smell. Peanut protein is airbourne in the aroma. Generally, a reaction that is aroma or contact induced, tends to be more mild then severe, and localized. However, it has been known to trigger more severe reactions in highly sensitive individuals. GP's unfortunately aren't always knowledgable with indepth information on Anaphylaxis. It is always better to consult with a well-respected allergist so that you are receiving the proper information. Good luck! :-)

Posted on: Thu, 02/28/2002 - 9:27am
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We also posed this question (Could our daughter react to airborne peanut?)to our daughter's allergist. We were preparing for her to begin kindergarten and wanted to know if she could be in the school cafeteria. Our allergist consulted with Dr. Bock at National Jewish in Boulder, CO and devised a "blind" study whereby our daughter was exposed to jars of scentless allergens-- including peanut. The exposeure was 20 minutes, I believe. In between they monitored my daughter's blood pressure, pulse, and breathing. It took several hours and we basically just sat there and watched videos. If you are interested in any specifics, you caould contact the Department of Allergy/Pulmonology at Washington University, St. Louis Children's Hospital at (314) 454-2694. Our allergist is Dr. Robert Strunk.
Just FYI~
Gail

Posted on: Thu, 02/28/2002 - 10:32am
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Gail-
We fouund out the hard way. Shortly after Rebecca was diagnosed we realized the migraines and nausea came after lunch when she was sitting next to how many 1st graders eating pb sandwiches! Lucky for us, a peanut free table has been an acceptable alternative for her for the past 2 years. She always reacts to airborne peanut/tn protein.
Arlene

Posted on: Thu, 02/28/2002 - 11:40pm
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My son reacted to the smell of peanut butter cups individually wrapped(halloween) inside a jar.
He just walked by the jar that was sitting on a table and started itching his eyes, sneezing and feeling unwell.
We went outside and he was fine.
It really hit home I think to my sister and Mom who witnessed this, a mere reaction to something he is allergic to without even touching it. I never new until this happened he is sensitive to smell.
BTW...he never new what was in the bowl, I never made a big deal about it, and sister never gave out peanut butter cups for Halloween again.

Posted on: Fri, 03/01/2002 - 9:33am
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Hi Gazun! We also found out the hard way. A long time ago, my PA son and I were on a flight back home and peanuts were being served as the snack. Before they even got to us, I could smell the aroma of peanuts when people started opening their bags. I looked at my son and he immediately started to have a reaction. It was very scary. I now, of course, make sure all of our flights are peanut free.

Posted on: Sat, 03/02/2002 - 2:33am
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Our child reacts to the smell of peanuts. He has had many reactions. There was absolutely no doubt in our mind that he was reacting airborne, yet our ALLERGIST told us it was impossible. We ended up traveling and getting a second opinion from one of the well known peanut allergy doctors. The physician there confirmed that this was the case (and was not too happy that we had received the information we had from the allergist.) We actually asked for some sort of challenge, thinking that it would be safe enough if he was monitored, etc. and then we would know how far away he needed to be from it. The specialist said that his tests were so high that there was no way he would open a jar of peanut butter any where near him. It was just too risky. (Quite of bit of difference from the allergist's statement.)Anyway, airborne reactions do happen. If your physician is telling you they don't- he is wrong. Find someone who knows about this allergy.

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