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Posted on: Fri, 10/19/2001 - 4:53am
bls1972's picture
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
anonymous's picture
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
doreen's picture
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
anonymous's picture
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
williamsmummy's picture
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
anonymous's picture
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
iansmom's picture
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
christinems's picture
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
anonymous's picture
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.



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