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Posted on: Wed, 11/15/2000 - 4:36am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

According to this article, (9 pages) a food allergy disorder is inherited.
"How Allergic Reactions Work
An allergic reaction involves two features of the human immune response. One is the production of immunoglobulin E (IgE), a type
of protein called an antibody that circulates through the blood. The other is the mast cell, a specific cell that occurs in all body tissues but is especially common in areas of the body that are typical sites of allergic reactions, including the nose and throat, lungs, skin, and gastrointestinal tract.
The ability of a given individual to form IgE against something as benign as food is an inherited predisposition. Generally, such
people come from families in which allergies are common

Posted on: Thu, 12/21/2000 - 10:15am
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Joined: 04/28/2000 - 09:00

I just think this thread is very interesting & thought it might be added to by so many newcomers to these boards!

Posted on: Thu, 03/29/2001 - 9:49am
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Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

I thought I'd bring this up to the top since we have so many newcomers, and because we have been so "serious" and hard at work with our new Action Forum [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img].

Posted on: Thu, 03/29/2001 - 11:40am
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Joined: 06/05/2001 - 09:00

My son is pa/asthmatic. He is 1/4 Japanese, 1/4 German from me, and 1/2 English/Irish/Scottish combo thanks to my husband.
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Posted on: Thu, 03/29/2001 - 11:57am
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Joined: 03/13/2001 - 09:00

I couldn't resist adding to this thread. This has been very interesting reading and the correlations are incredible. Here goes my 2 cents! I definitely don't fall in the "petite mom" category. I'm 5'9" and 150 lbs, but the grandmas are 5'1" and 5'3". My 5-year-old PA son is fair skinned, RED hair, brown eyes and VERY long eye lashes. In fact, if I had his eye lashes, I wouldn't need to wear mascara! I don't have any idea about my family heritage except I know there is some German, by my husband is half Ukranian and half Polish. As for the red hair, I have NO IDEA where it came from!!! We have not been able to locate a family member with red hair. In fact, I've endured "mailman" jokes since his red locks first surfaced when he was 6 months old.

Posted on: Sat, 03/31/2001 - 10:48am
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Joined: 08/17/2000 - 09:00

Matt, our PA son, is blond with blue eyes, and has the fairest skin I've ever seen. My daughter and I have the same skin, with light brown hair that has strawberry blond highlights. We are Scot/Irish/English mostly.
Their dad has medium skin, with light brown hair. He was blonde as a child. His family was of German descent.

Posted on: Sun, 04/01/2001 - 12:46am
Head Cook's picture
Joined: 11/19/2000 - 09:00

This was pretty fun to read and catch up on. We are all blue eyed, blonde, small people over here. And my pa son is, of course, oh so smart!!!

Posted on: Sun, 04/01/2001 - 12:18pm
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Joined: 11/30/2015 - 09:59

Ok, I can't resist, here goes...
I'm 5'5", 103#, dark hair with red highlights, green-brown-gold colored eyes, glow-in-the-dark skin, a few freckles, long eyelashes, Irish, German, little English, little Indian(?). I have Asthma, environmental allergies, and am allergic to Sulfa. I was quite sickly as a child. I was not breast fed, had colic for my first 9 months and am still lactose intolerant. It took us 6 years and a lot of fertility drugs to finally get pregnant. We lost the first baby.
My husband is 5'10', 210#, medium brown hair with blonde highlights, brown eyes, has skin that tans VERY easily (tells everyone that he stands next to me at the beach to use me as a tanning accelerator), Irish, Hungarian, Dutch. He has GERD and suffers from hay fever. He was not breast fed.
Our son is 5 years old, 45" tall, 49#, light brown hair with blonde highlights, blue-gray eyes with long eyelashes, light skin. He has an IgA deficiency, Asthma and Allergies (Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Milk, Eggs, Cefzil, trees, grasses, weeds, dust mites, cockroaches, cats, dogs). He was born 1 week early with a heart murmur (outgrown), had an umbilical hernia (corrected itself), had tubes in his ears (twice), and was breast fed for the first year of his life. He is very intelligent!
Our oldest daughter is 3.5 years old, 38" tall, 31#, medium brown hair with red highlights, brown-blue-gold eyes with long eyelashes, skin that tans easily. She has Asthma, Reflux and Allergies (Milk, Zithromax, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, dust mites, cockroaches, cats). She was born 1 week early, almost had tubes put in her ears and was breast fed for the first year of her life. She is very intelligent.
Our youngest daughter is 17 months old, 31.5" tall, 22#, light brown hair with blonde highlights, brown-green eyes with long eyelashes, skin that tans easily. She has Asthma, Reflux, and Allergies (Milk, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, dust mites). She was born 1 week early, had an umbilical hernia (corrected itself) and was breast fed for the first year of her life. She is also very intelligent.
We'd REALLY like to have another baby or two, but that's another thread?!

Posted on: Fri, 10/19/2001 - 1:57am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Just bringing this up.

Posted on: Fri, 10/19/2001 - 3:33am
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Joined: 10/15/2001 - 09:00

My family is Asian and Caucasian... the allergies come from my mother's side (Asian). My mother is 5'4", which is average height for an Asian woman, and my father is 5'11". My older brother and I have environmental allergies (me- nickel and dust mites, brother- pine). Mom has seasonal allergies, her late sister was allergic to grass and had food allergies as an infant. No allergies in Dad's family at all... Dad has red hair, blue eyes and is very fair, but I have a medium complexion and dark hair and eyes.
DH's family is Asian, and about 75% of his family suffers from food or environmental allergies, Jason is the only one with peanut and nut allergies though. MIL is 4'10" and FIL is 5'8". DH is 5'9.5", which is tallish for an Asian. He has seasonal allergies and outgrew milk and soy allergies.
Jason has my skin tone, and medium brown hair, brown eyes.
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Posted on: Fri, 10/19/2001 - 4:53am
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Joined: 04/03/2001 - 09:00

I am 47 and have been PA/TNA all my life; my mother did eat peanut butter & crackers all through the pregnancy. I also have had asthma all my life. My brother is allergic to shellfish and there are no other known food allergies in my family. My father had asthma as a child which returned later in life and he was allergic to cats & dogs, me too. The oldest male in each of our familes on my side has asthma, 3 of 4 have red hair.
Irish, English, and Portguese ancestry.

Posted on: Fri, 10/19/2001 - 9:03am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Wow! What an interesting thread.
My husband is half Irish, half Ukranian. His Irish aunt has a nut (tree nut, I believe) allergy. He is 6' tall with almost black hair, brown eyes, and light skin. He's bothered my seasonal allergies.
I'm a blend of German, Swiss, Italian, and Transylvanian. About 5'7" with naturally medium brown hair, light skin, and hazel brown/green eyes. I have mild seasonal allergies, an aggravating nickel allergy, and topical antibiotic allergies. My dad is allergic to penicillin.
Ryan is very fair skinned, light brown hair with lots of blond highlights, and grey/blue eyes with incredibly long eye lashes. (My daughter said we should cut them--Yikes!)
Hmmm...all this Irish blood makes me wonder if there is a connection.

Posted on: Fri, 10/19/2001 - 2:53pm
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Joined: 06/23/2001 - 09:00

My side is Irish and German, and my husband's side is Scottish and English. My kids are the fair ones with red hair (still to be determined with my 10-month old son) and my 2 year old has the PA (still TBD about my son also). Hope this helps. It is amazing the number of "Celtics" here.

Posted on: Sat, 10/20/2001 - 12:35am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Yes! Us too!! My pa son's hair red/strawberry blond, and very intelligent. My husband is of Irish/English decent. Our last name is Clark. My husband is 6'2", VERY blond and has VERY long eyelashes, but he does not have a peanut allergy. Mitch is the first one in the family to have such an allergy, although seasonal allergies are VERY common on both my husband's side of the family and my side of the family. My mother and my Aunt both have shell fish allergies. I am mostly French and 5'4". My hair was blond as a child, but now it is blond by Clairol!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
It seems my child was doomed to have some sort of allergy from the moment my husband and I met!! Who knew it would be so severe??

Posted on: Sat, 10/20/2001 - 12:52am
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Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

oh, hello all...what a odd thread this is....
I thought the main link between us would be the massive changes in our western diet over the last 70 odd years or so. |More asian familys are devloping allergic disease as their diet changes to a more western one.
My health visitor once told me that asian familys she knew found that their childrens eczema improved when they went to india to see relatives and ate there national diet.(of course the weather may have suited them better..so who knows?).
As for the the rellie factor, we are white , brown haired , very tall big built familys....huge great plates of meat(feet) , oh, but my brother has red hair, and all the men have very long eye lashes. MY son william has beautiful ones that almost touch his eyebrows and he has liqiud honey brown eyes.
I still think that diet is more of a factor, there are plenty of familys on poor diets and cheap food here is often full of fat low in vits and total rubbish. take in to account the manufacture of our foods and the fact that many of us can not even recognise the items on the labels, who knows what we are eating ?
Add the decline in breastfeeding , and the over use of formula and bingo loads of mothers with nice raised histamine levels , who are incouraged to drink loads of cows milk during pregnancy ha ha!!
Oh and i am not totally against formula it was invented to save babies lives and it does, its just a little over used.
Then toss in the fact that we are all so clean and vacinated against most nasty illnessses and our immunne systems are never devloped properly. ( which i take as a good excuse not to do so much housework, william needs a few germs and dirt!)
So .....hmmm we are in the uk , some of my family are blonde blue eyed / or brown hair and brown/green eyes , few of us have olive skin and brown eyes , or the skin that glows red at a hint of sun. A british whirlpool of nearly every combination, so where does that leave us? hmmmm fancy a macdonalds anyone?! nothing like a little bit of mad cow disease to cheer us up!!!!

Posted on: Sat, 10/20/2001 - 10:18am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Very interesting -- we've always said (even before his PA) that my 17 mo. old got all the recessive genes. He's strawberry blonde with curls, blue-eyed with fair skin. For the record, he's on the large side of average for size and we haven't noticed any above average intelligence (yet). My husband and I are both average in size (he 5'10" and 180 lb & me 5'5" and 105 lb). We both have dark hair, dark eyes and medium skin. We are your average american descent (German, Irish, Scottish, Native American). Our 3 yr-old non PA son has dark hair, dark eyes, medium skin as well. Other than my pollen allergy, only my pa son has allergies (dust, cat, pollen to name a few). He also has asthma. Maybe there is some link??

Posted on: Sat, 10/20/2001 - 10:21am
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Joined: 07/26/2001 - 09:00

Okay, I'll play!
I don't think of myself as petite--I'm 5'4" but large-framed. I have light brown hair (reddish as a child) and blue eyes, very fair skin, asthma (adult-onset), eczema and contact sensitivities to nickel and cobalt, and allergy to neomycin. I'm half-Norwegian/half-Anglo mix (Irish, Scots, English, Welsh, French). The asthma definitely comes from my dad's side (running about 50%), but my mom's side also has eczema.
DH is 5'8" but very stocky, has light brown hair (blond as a child) and blue eyes and very fair skin. He was allergic to strawberries as a child, his sister is allergic to shellfish, and his dad and sister both have asthma. His dad is also allergic to cats. He is of French, English and Scots heritage.
Ian is, of course, fair-skinned, has blue eyes and strawberry blond hair. He is PA, and suspected to be asthmatic. My first thought after getting the official diagnosis of PA was, "Darn those genes!" I was on the lookout for asthma, but had no idea about food allergies. Something new to learn...
Just a historical note: the Irish have red hair from the Vikings who invaded, so there may be a bit of a Nordic element here too.
It's certainly interesting reading all of these. Thanks for bringing it up to the top!

Posted on: Sat, 10/20/2001 - 5:39pm
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Joined: 03/24/2000 - 09:00

Interesting. I'm allergic to treenuts, fresh fruit and veggies (oral), timothy grass, dust, mold, pollen.
I'm 5', 105lbs, dark hair/eyes, dark freckle-tan, Irish, Scottish, Swedish. Long eyelashes.
Mother's side all tiny, dark Scottish women. Mushroom and drug, airborne allergies that we know of. Father blonde/blue/fair Swedish/Irish. No allergies but, he was adopted.
Brothers and Sister can eat anything. Only some hayfever and excema. The fair brother and sister have excema and lot's of skin sensitivities. Other brother is a lot like me, small, dark and has the environmental allergies. Says he sometimes gets the itchy throat when eating some fruit. We both have panic attacks too if anyone has read the posts on that. I work with a lot of biotech research companies and it seems most syndromes/tendencies are genetic in orgin.

Posted on: Sat, 10/20/2001 - 6:43pm
Anna's picture
Joined: 07/20/1999 - 09:00

Very interesting thread.
I have multiple life-threatening food allergies and asthma, *extremely* pale skin, and am a member of Mensa, FWIW.
A study on these phenotypes (and how they may correlate with allergy-prone genotypes) would be most interesting.

Posted on: Mon, 10/22/2001 - 12:15am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

The plot thickens. In my previous post I wrote my husband's aunt has a tree nut allergy. She's 100% Irish and her grandson (I guess that's my husband's first cousin once removed?!?) has a peanut allergy.

Posted on: Mon, 10/22/2001 - 4:52am
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Joined: 06/08/2001 - 09:00

Well, I'll throw my hat in the ring for this one too.
I'm French-Canadian (a wee bit of German thrown in there way back) and dh is a Scottish/French mix.
Neither of us are blonde or blue eyed. Taran, our PA/TNA son is a blue-eyed blonde. I however am the one he inherited the asthma, eczema and allergies from. Dh does have asthma on his side too, but doesn't know of anyone with food allergies.

Posted on: Mon, 10/22/2001 - 7:24am
teacher's picture
Joined: 11/02/2000 - 09:00

Cool stuff here!
Our PA son also got all the "recessive genes," and we, too, joked about that before the allergy was known.
He is fair-skinned, slight, and a real blondie. And yes, he has the long eyelashes too! LOL! My husband is half German, which makes our son 1/4.
(The rest of us however, do not fit the bill, though!)
Mattsmom ... Now WE really DO sound like we are related!! Are you living my life?? We can describe our family and our son the same way you have. Our son is actually going through three days of testing next week to determine if he has some kind of learning difference. Interesting stuff ... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] (BTW, we taught our kids some sign language too. It really can make a difference in those months when they get so frustrated because they don't have enough language!)
jh5000 ... I do not know if you are still around here, but I have to tell you that I laughed out loud at your statement for so long, that my son got the giggles just listening to me have the giggles!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 10/24/2001 - 1:22am
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Joined: 08/23/2001 - 09:00

What an interesting topic! I'll add our info in here too to help out the stats. My PA daughter is blue-eyed, fair-skinned and strawberry blonde, but she is built like an Amazon (almost 20 lbs. at 8 months!). She inherited her complexion and her build from her of-German-descent Daddy. I am small-boned but tall (5'8")and of Scottish, Irish and French descent. I don't know actual IQs for our family, but DD does seem incredibly intelligent; others have always commented on her alertness. Thanks for starting this interesting thread!

Posted on: Wed, 10/24/2001 - 1:23am
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Joined: 08/23/2001 - 09:00

What an interesting topic! I'll add our info in here too to help out the stats. My PA daughter is blue-eyed, fair-skinned and strawberry blonde, but she is built like an Amazon (almost 20 lbs. at 8 months!). She inherited her complexion and her build from her of-German-descent Daddy. I am small-boned but tall (5'8")and of Scottish, Irish and French descent. I don't know actual IQs for our family, but DD does seem incredibly intelligent; others have always commented on her alertness. Thanks for starting this interesting thread!

Posted on: Tue, 06/04/2002 - 11:53am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Bringing this up again because it's just so interesting and has been on my mind lately. I would love to see the stats here summarized. If someone else doesn't get to it first, I'll give it a try.
Take care,

Posted on: Tue, 06/04/2002 - 12:59pm
Dawn's picture
Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

Hoping to squeeze in my stats before they are tallied...
I am of Irish, German and French descent and fall into the "petite mom" category,(5'2" when I stretch a wee bit. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]) and small boned, but I ate peanuts like a fiend while pregnant and breastfeeding and took a prenatal vitamin with peanut oil. My husband is of Irish, English and German descent, and is 6'2". Joshua is pretty tall for his age, and is a blond-turning-brunet and is blue-turning-hazel eyed. He does have long eyelashes. He is the only one in our immediate family with food allergies,
though he has an aunt and an uncle allergic to mushrooms and shrimp respectively.
This is a fascinating thread!

Posted on: Tue, 06/04/2002 - 10:23pm
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Joined: 05/23/2002 - 09:00

I'll come in, too, although Kylie is TNA, not PA, so you may want to omit her stats if this is a strictly PA survey. I am almost 100% German, and Jim is half Irish and half mix of Scandinavian/French/something else. My allergies are seasonal, a lot of sinus and nose stuff going on all summer. I did react with hives all over when 8 years old from a bee sting. Have not been stung since. Jim suffers a lot from seasonal allergies as well and takes tons of drugs. Neither of us has a food allergy. The only relative I know of with a food allergy is my mom's sister, who is allergic to shellfish. Kylie is 5 years old, tall, thin, blonde, very fair, gray eyes, and gets huge welts when bitten by mosquitoes. She's anaphylactic to cashews and pistachios. She has a teenaged half-brother who also has a lot of trouble with seasonal allergies. I don't really remember what I ate during pregnancy, but I do remember having almond butter and cashew butter in the house.

Posted on: Wed, 06/05/2002 - 12:36am
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Joined: 05/16/2002 - 09:00

Well, I was in awe as I read this. I am 5'1 and very petite. My husband and I are both Gifted and our PA son is blond, blue eyes and has the most massive eyelashes you have ever seen! My decendants are Irish and German, but I don't know about my hubby!
Very strange, huh?

Posted on: Wed, 06/05/2002 - 5:15am
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Joined: 05/07/2001 - 09:00

I'm 5'1 110 lbs, so I'd fit the petite mother aspect. My son and I both have very long eye lashes. I've had eczema all of my life, he has it too. I also have environmental allergies. Our skin is very fair and he has light brown hair. My sister who has virtually no allergies has olive skin, no eczema and doesn't have the long eye lashes. Odd. My husband is also fair skinned and he is 5'9 but with a bigger build, his only allergy is to sygamore (sp) trees. Our ethnic background is mostly German and French.

Posted on: Wed, 06/05/2002 - 7:08am
BONNY's picture
Joined: 06/20/2001 - 09:00

We are also extremely fair skinned sometimes have even gotten comments from teachers. My PA, son who is 5 , seems like more boys than girls have pa, has red hair freckles, my dd who is tree nut allergic, strawberry blonde , 8 yrs.old. We are english, irish, swedish, scotch, and a little german from dh side.

Posted on: Wed, 06/05/2002 - 7:09am
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Joined: 06/20/2001 - 09:00

oops! Very, long eyelashes for all the kids.

Posted on: Thu, 06/06/2002 - 12:02am
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Joined: 02/28/2002 - 09:00

Wow, this is so interesting. I am a market researcher at one of the world's largest research firms. I design studies, write surveys, conduct fieldings, analyze data, etc., so I am always very intrigued by this kind of information.
After reading The Peanut Allergy Answer Book, I realized that there has been only one or two very small studies (too small for conclusive results) conducted to determine commonalities among PA individuals, and I was both surprised and outraged that more money is not being spent on looking into the genetic factors of this allergy. As someone who deals with survey data every day on a myriad of subjects, I would love to investigate what could be done to get the medical or allergic community to fund a large-scale study among peanut allergic individuals.
I think that asking a large group of households with a current or former PA member such questions as: age of onset, other allergies (own and within family), severity of allergy/CAP RAST results, number of reactions, symptoms of reactions, ethnic and other demographic questions would be very beneficial to both PA families AND *potential PA families (boy, I would have *loved to have known to avoid giving my daughter peanuts until the age of 5, as my allergist recommends to people who have a high likelihood of getting the allergy...but how would I have ever known that she was in that high risk category if no research has been done to help to identify which children should be considered high risk?).
Even looking at regional data could be interesting because my allergist says that the rise of PA could be something environmental.
If PA is 1-3% of the population, then we would have 5,000-15,000 households with a PA individual within my own company's consumer panel of 500,000...certainly a large enough sample size for some serious research! But, of course, it would come with a cost.
Anyway, I'll get off my research soapbox for now. Perhaps I'll speak to Dr. Michael Young, my daughter's allergist, about this too.
ANYWAY...here is the info on my daughter...
She is 2 and has fair skin, long eyelashes, and green-blue-brown eyes. I am fairly "petite" (5'4", smallish frame). She takes after her father, who has a German-English background rather than me, who has an Eastern European background.

Posted on: Sun, 06/09/2002 - 11:40pm
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Joined: 05/30/2002 - 09:00

Very interesting discussion...
I am from Irish ancestry and the children's father's ancestry is scottish. I have blonde hair and am of light complexion and small-frame (5'2').
My oldest son has PA and is blond, blue-eyed and full of allergies. My other son took after his father in coloring and has dark hair and has a darker complexion and no allergies.

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2003 - 1:40am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

Bumping Up.

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2003 - 2:07am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

This is so interesting....Logan is my first born...he has blonde hair , blue eyes and fair skin...like his mommy. I am petite 5'2 110 lbs. We also had no food allergies in our family....but his dad had asthma as a child (he outgrew it). This is a very interesting thread.

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2003 - 3:32am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Funny this was bumped up. I was just pondering if there were a prevalence within any particular ethnic groups of peanut allergy or the other food allergies for that matter.
My 3yo Pa, egg allergic dd is of mostly Irish heritage, freckling more and more each passing day(ought to be covered by the end of this summer)! Some French Canadian(I am half FC and half of Irish descent).
Funny on the long lashes. She's got nice long lashes.
Might be a bit tough coming to any conclusions here, because people with other similarities might be ending up here.
I would love to know the similarities and demographics. becca

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2003 - 4:35am
katjam's picture
Joined: 03/29/2003 - 09:00

I just thought I'd throw in our statistics too. I am very fair, reddish hair and freckles, 5'2". My husband is also very fair, although he has dark hair. Our 5-year-old DS has red hair, freckles and blue eyes. Our DD has blondish hair, blue eyes and extremely fair skin. My husband's ancestry isn't known, but my side is Irish, English and German (for the most part). This is an interesting thread!

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2003 - 5:32am
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Joined: 02/12/2003 - 09:00

Hi I saw this thread it sounded interesting my pa son Matthew is Blond haired blue eyed with long eylashes. I'm a brunette with brown eyes but am 5'5 104 lbs My ancestory is irish, german, scottish and Swiss. My husband is Italien with brown hair blue eyes.

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2003 - 5:52am
MeCash's picture
Joined: 04/18/2001 - 09:00

Definitely neat thread!
I have two PA children from two different Dads. My son, age 7, is PA/asthmatic/autistic. Allergies run in both families, but never PA. I am in no way a 'petite' mom. I am 5'9" and 135lbs. My son's fathers family are all in the 6' plus range. Our heritages combined include Irish, Cherokee Indian, English, German, and Scottish. My son is over 1/4 Cherokee, although he is blue eyed, very tall for his age, and has light brown hair.
My daughter is of Irish, Scottish and Cherokee decent. Her father's family is the Scotts, and they are all fairly petite, fair skinned and there are a few red heads on their side, but she is blonde and blue eyed.
She has no other known allergies, and no one in his side of the family has ever been allergy prone.
My old next door neighbor had a son my son's age (they were best friends) who was also highly asthmatic, and also had some kind of similar autistic spectrum (undiagnosed) disorder. He was an African American. I was, and am still, convinced that he had numerous food allergies, possibly PA, but the mother had not been able to take him in for allergy testing while she was still my neighbor and whether or not she has done it, I do not know. But I miss that kid terribly, and so does my son.

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2003 - 6:46am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I missed the eyelashes thing, Logan is always getting comments on his extremely long beautiful lashes....I need to re-read the posts because I missed that part.

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2003 - 8:38am
katjam's picture
Joined: 03/29/2003 - 09:00

Oops! I forgot to mention that ds is pa, tree nut (and more) allergic, and dd is pa, egg and milk allergic. She also has eczema (poor thing!). Both my husband and myself have environmental allergies, but not any food allergies that we're aware of.

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2003 - 11:26pm
MeCash's picture
Joined: 04/18/2001 - 09:00

OOoOOooOOOoo.. eyelashes. I have practically none (short, blonde and nearly non-existent) and both my PA kids look as if to be completely eyelashLESS.
Not that this helps! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 04/21/2003 - 7:17am
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Joined: 10/03/2002 - 09:00

Interesting! My PA daughter is blonde with brownish/hazel eyes - and horribly long lashes and almost no pigmentation. She's got porceline like skin.
My son has brown hair and green eyes, again...LONG lashes, fair skin. He's not PA.
I'm small framed, 5'6" - brown/red hair, German/Irish decent. My husband is 5'10" DARK brown hair and eyes. He's adopted...so we don't know his nationality, though we do know he is German, but we don't know anything else.

Posted on: Mon, 04/21/2003 - 11:43am
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Joined: 06/29/2001 - 09:00

I am PA...Italian, French and Croatian.
The allergies are from my Italian side...lots of food allergies in my family on that side. I am the only one with PA so far.

Posted on: Fri, 04/25/2003 - 9:20am
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Joined: 05/27/2002 - 09:00

I have three friend who's childs have peanut allergies. They are all under 5'2, petite, black hair like me. Spooky.

Posted on: Fri, 04/25/2003 - 9:43am
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Joined: 12/18/2001 - 09:00

Neat topic! I was suprised to see so many from Irish descent (sp?) Very interesting!
Well, I am of German and possibly French background. And my husband is Japanese, (1/2 anyway, his mother is 100% Japanese, father caucasian but not sure of what descent)
My dd has brown hair (with blonde highlights from me [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] ) and sky blue eyes with very long dark eyelashes. The eyelashes thing is very interesting!!

Posted on: Tue, 05/13/2003 - 12:22am
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Posted on: Wed, 05/14/2003 - 12:14am
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Joined: 05/06/2003 - 09:00

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Posted on: Wed, 05/14/2003 - 12:56am
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Joined: 10/05/2002 - 09:00

Boy thhis thread is good.
Pa child has blond hair and blue eyes and long lashes.
Her twin {DB) has the same no PA.
Are desent is Irish and Cheerokee.
Both are fair skin
Love this site

Posted on: Sat, 05/17/2003 - 5:19am
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Joined: 03/12/2003 - 09:00

Boy, am I going to mention this thread when we see our allergist next month! For the record, I am 5'4", petite frame of Mexican and Irish descent. My husband is of English and German descent. Our PA daughter is 6, with strawberry blond hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion. This Irish connection is extremely interesting...


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