Asthmatic Parents and Children with Peanut Allergies

Posted on: Mon, 06/21/1999 - 3:34pm
Anthony's picture
Joined: 06/21/1999 - 09:00

I am a 32 male and was diagnosed with asthma when I was about 6 months old. My asthma was severe. I was hospitalized several times as a child in Denver's Children's Hospital and National Jewish, also located in Denver. My son, A.J., who will be 7 next monday, has Peanut Allergy.

My question is:

Is there a connection between my Asthma and his Peanut Allergy?

Thank you.


[This message has been edited by Anthony (edited June 22, 1999).]

Posted on: Mon, 06/21/1999 - 9:41pm
Christine's picture
Joined: 02/03/1999 - 09:00

There is not a definitive connection between asthma and peanut allergies, but there is a definite connection between having asthma and allergies. I was told (after my son was diagnosed) that if anyone in the family (grandparents included) had allergies and/or asthma, that my children had a much increased risk of being born with them. The allergies/asthma never has to be passed the same way, either. For instance, I have an allergy to ragweed and cats. My son has food allergies. You just pass on the predisposition for allergies. I think that asthma allows you to do this also.

Posted on: Tue, 06/22/1999 - 4:03am
EILEEN's picture
Joined: 04/06/1999 - 09:00

I've had severe asthma since I was 2 years old. It is my understanding that I have passed on the genetic predisposition for allergic/asthma to my 4-year old peanut allergic son.

Posted on: Wed, 06/23/1999 - 10:38am
Kelly Morse's picture
Joined: 03/13/1999 - 09:00

You can count me in. I have been in the hospital so many times for my asthma that I have lost count. My sweet boy is severly peanut allergic. When we asked the doctor about the risk of asthma he said 50-50, never did he mention other allergies. We wish we had known...
Kelly M
Another Mom in Michigan

Posted on: Wed, 06/23/1999 - 2:08pm
DebO's picture
Joined: 03/15/1999 - 09:00

Hi guys - count me in too! I have had severe asthma since I was about 6 months old and my 4 yr old (almost five now!) daughter is allergic to peanuts. Interestingly enough, my duaghter only has mild asthma - mainly exercise induced. My 2 1/2 yr old son, on the other hand has severe asthma (was admitted the first time at 4 months). He hasn't shown any food allergy yet - of course he has never been exposed to peanuts since we keep them out of our house for his sister's safety!

Posted on: Wed, 06/23/1999 - 2:55pm
dhumphries's picture
Joined: 02/02/1999 - 09:00

Count me on the bandwagon here too, I had severe asthma as a child and my husband now has moderate asthma as an adult. My two year son has pnt allergy, but has not yet developed asthma. We are hoping for the best here.
I, too would have avoided pnts while pregnant and nursing had I known about the possible connection.
Stay Safe , Debbie

Posted on: Wed, 06/23/1999 - 3:50pm
Anthony's picture
Joined: 06/21/1999 - 09:00

Thanks everyone for your input. This correlation seems to be very interesting. I still have episodes with my asthma, but, not as nearly as bad when I was a child. My son, A.J., who has the Peanut Allergy has exercize induced asthma.

Posted on: Sat, 06/26/1999 - 11:19pm
MaryLynn's picture
Joined: 06/25/1999 - 09:00

I had asthma as a teen, I never needed to be hospitalized, but I was in on the cutting edge of using a nebulizer. My daughter was diagnosed with peanut allergies at 3 and now at 4 1/2 is on a nebulizer 3 times a day. My allergist was not surprised that she ended up on the nebulizer as he had told us that my daughter had over a 50% chace of developing asthma (or what he calls it "reactive airway disorder") since there was a family history.

Posted on: Sun, 06/27/1999 - 11:23am
armiger's picture
Joined: 05/15/1999 - 09:00

Brady had severe reflux for 13 months as an infant. As soon as it disappeared, her asthma started. We dealt with that for a year and then the peanut allergy surfaced! Don't know what it all means, but I have heard that all three disorders are connected somehow. Tammy

Posted on: Sun, 06/27/1999 - 2:24pm
Tammy Lynn's picture
Joined: 06/26/1999 - 09:00

This band wagon is getting crowded! lol Count me in. My husband had severe asthma as a child. He also has a sensitivity to peanuts (watery nose, itching eyes and a grumpy disposition)among other things. I had eczema. Now, my daughter has asthma and when allergy tested, tested 4++ to peanuts and trace to legumes and fresh tomatoes. Later, we found her to be allergic to Penicillin. Her allergist said that with the family history, our children "didn't have a chance" in avoiding asthma and allergies. Our oldest daughter is not allergic to anything that we know of. Our son shows a sensitivity to peanuts and is allergic to Cefzil (antibotic). Yes, there is a genetic predisposition.
Tammy Lynn

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