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Have any of you ever heard of a peanut allergic individual who has only experienced hives/swelling without ever going into anaphylactic shock? Can you have several reactions in your lifetime, without ever a life-threatening reaction? If you have any information on this, please respond...And, do any of you know...Which is more serious of an initial reaction...hives/swelling of face or gastro problems? Or are they the same?

On Jun 16, 2000

My 5 yo son is anaphalactic to tree nuts. We found this out when he was about 3. He saw an allergist for the first time just this past March and the allergist told us he also showed antibodies for peanuts as well.. I thought this was rather weird because he ate half a peanut butter sandwich when he was 4 and had NO reaction. I'm talking nothing, not even a tiny rash.. So, I hope that helps you a little bit..

Good luck! Chanda

On Jun 16, 2000

I tested positive for pea, beans and other legumes that are related to peanuts, also sesame seeds!!! I have always eaten sesame seed buns, and never had a reaction. (andsometimes I chance it with the veggies...I've never had a reaction to them, and I need the iron sometimes!)...but "suppoesely" I tested for them..??? Oh...cherry popsicles...the red dye gives me huge hives but not the respiratory...although I suppose if my immune system was low....I might react worse?

On Jun 16, 2000

A friend of mine (42 y/o woman) has self-diagnosed herself as having a peanut allergy. She said that ever since she was a teenager, every time she eats ANYTHING with peanuts, be it peanut butter, plain peanuts, or a candy bar with peanuts, the whole inside of her mouth burns/itches/tingles. She has had this same reaction for at least 20 years and it has never increased in severity. She does shy away from peanuts for the most part because she finds the reaction to be unpleasant. Christine

On Jun 16, 2000

Tina, I've been trying to figure out the same thing. My son tested positive for PA, and although he doesn't like peanuts, he has never reacted and ate granola bars containing peanut flour for many months before we found out about the allergy. From what I have read here and elsewhere, it seems like anything goes. Some adults say their reactions have worsened over the years. Some adults still only have mild reactions. I know one woman who throws up when she eats Boardwalk Fries (fried in peanut oil), and generally stays away from peanuts, but doesn't read ingredients and has never had an anaphalactic reaction. I wish we knew what makes it one way in some people and another way in others.

On Jun 18, 2000

My 7 year old daughter has a peanut allergy and her reactions so far have only been swelling of her face (usually eyes), hives and vomiting. But these reactions seem to have gotten worse as she has gotten older. This scares me and makes me wonder if her throat could swell up and make her unable to breath. Another thing is that she has never had any significant amount of anything with peanuts in it. What if she were to eat something fried in peanut oil unknowingly? Also, her reactions have started to happen from just being in the room with peanuts and she used to have to ingest something to cause a reaction.

On Jun 18, 2000

When my son had his 2nd reaction and had to have an epipen shot at the doctor's office, the nurse there told me about her 11 year old daughter. She is allergic to both peanuts and tree nuts and her reaction consists of a rash and anything else that could be controlled with an antihistamine. I guess everyone is simply different. My son has had 3 reactions, each one worse (the last one full anaphylactic shock) with LESS exposure to peanut product. When I took him to the hospital that night, the ER doctor told me that he had an extremely severe allergy to peanuts and that I could expect this type of reaction from now on. Again, I guess everyone is just different.

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On Jun 19, 2000

While I think it is poswsible for someone to be only mildly allergic to peanuts (i.e. not anaphylactic), I still would not take the chance. I got through sixteen years of my life without a major reaction and I was constantly challenged! My aunt worked for M&M/Mars and we had free M&M's in my house all the time. Also, my brother ate peanut butter and jelly just about every day. I did have a lot of mild reactions, which we chalked up to seasonal allergies (ragweed etc, but i had no clue I was allergic until I was 16. PA is an allergy which seems to get worse, so I would take it VERY seriously from the get-go!

On Jun 19, 2000

My son has had two reactions to a known peanut product. Both times he broke out in extremley bad hives but did not go into anaphyltic shock. Benadryl took care of the reaction both times. We do carry epi-pens with us at all times just in case.

On Jun 19, 2000

My son is anaphylactic to ingestion of peanut anything, however this happened to us:

My daughter ate a pb sandwich,forgot to wash up, touched the sega controls, son touched sega control after her, then touched his eye. His eye blew up and he had hives all around it..but not anaphylaxis. So just the residue caused that. Expect everything, be prepared for everything, hope for the best.

On Jun 19, 2000

I have asked this question myself. I have one brother with a nut allergy that just irritates him, He ws hospitalized as a baby for only hives that lasted a month. I have another brother with a milk allergy which he was hospitalized for as a baby but he has outgrown it. I thought when my baby ate the walnuts and only had hives and blisters in the mouth the allergist would tell me that ws all that would happen if he had walnuts again, He tested pos for most nuts and severe. He also had huge hives for pb that i found on his face and hands. I was told by the allergist that it is a fatal allergy and to raise him as this way. I have wondered if I am being more over protective than I need to be. Everyone else in the family outgrew the allergies. Only time will tell. could it be possible food allergies to nuts and peanuts are more life threatening today than 30 years ago? My son is just 19 months and I really did not believe his allergy will be more than hives. I still find it hard to believe. When I told people about the allergy I did not use the words it could kill him but then I saw someone go and give him a candy with nuts in it and never questioned what she did even when it was right after I told her about the allergies. Then I found out about this sight and started reading about other peoples experience. I have started telling people it is life threatening and can kill him. I am more careful to bring the epi-pen everywhere. I hope we find out someday we were too cautious rather than not enough.

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