back from the allergist, I could just cry

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On Monday Morgan tested positive to many trees, molds and eggs. Since they are unsure of what caused her anaphylatic reaction, they did a different test for peanuts and fish today. They put a drop of peanut butter and a piece of fish on her lower arm (not up where they did the needles at). It didn't take long for her to react to both. So no more peanuts or nuts for Morgan [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] It's so hard because she is 6, and up until 3 weeks ago, she ate peanut butter everyday. She also tested positive for dogs. Our kids begged for a dog for over a year. They have played with, hugged, slept with, rolled around with my moms, sisters and friends dogs, all with no problem. Our youngest was DX'd with asthma on Sat and the Dr. thinks the dog is what set her off. I have the saddest 3 girls in the world [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] Sorry for venting, it's just that we are all having a very hard time with this. Thanks for listening.

Liz

On Apr 19, 2001

How could she react to peanutbutter on her arm when she used to eat it every day?? She never smeared it on her face, hands or arm when she was younger (my 5 yr old is still a messy eater)? I just replied to MeCash on the intro board, that supposedly, if someone eats the food without a reaction, they are not allergic even if the test says so. I'm so tired of this allergy testing that makes no sense!

On Apr 19, 2001

For what it's worth, my asthmatic PA son also tested allergic to dogs 3 weeks after we got a dog (a chow with LOTS of hair). We decided to wait awhile before getting rid of the dog, and it's been 4 years and my son has no trouble with her. We don't let the dog sleep in my son's bedroom, and I try to keep the carpets vacuumed, and so far it's worked out fine for us.

On Apr 19, 2001

Yes, the testing is very frustrating. I don't know if my experience will make you feel better but at least you are not alone.

My son ate peanut butter for EIGHT years before he developed an allergy. And I had a reaction to pencillin at age 45 after having had it numerous times.

When we did the Peanut/tree nut testing, we also did other testing since he had nasal symptoms. He tested allergic to dogs, among other things (dust, grass, etc. etc.). Recently, we have had a friends dog for almost a month now while the friend is undergoing medical treatment and he has had absolutely NO problems - and believe me, he is all over the dog.

So . . I continue to be baffled.

Helen

On Apr 19, 2001

My PA son also tested positve to dogs, he also has asthma. He can be around any dog the fur and dander don't bother him but....if he gets licked by the dog he breaks out in hives. My kids are begging for a dog. I tell them when they are 10 and 12 we'll think about it. By the time Nick is 10 I think he can wash the dog saliva off by himself. Kim

On Apr 20, 2001

Well, I can sympathise . . I ate loads of nuts, sesame etc for 43 years with no hassle and then *bang* - allergic anaphylactically to a variety of nuts & also sesame. Bummer!

------------------ Nick (PA sufferer)

On Apr 20, 2001

I'm with Nick, my parents swear that I ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches several times a week as a child and I even begin having mild reactions in grade school, but we (my mom and I) thought my reactions were due to wheat.

Not until I was in high school and college did the allergy present itself. Luckily, I am only allergic to peanuts, but as we all know that is quite enough.

I'm just waiting for some sort of vaccine to help us all!!

Melanie

On Apr 20, 2001

Kim, my son is also allergic to dog saliva. But another thing to be aware of is that many brands of dog food contain, you guessed it...peanuts. I wonder if they are reacting to peanut protein in the saliva and not the saliva itself?

Amy

On Apr 20, 2001

I've heard that people who are allergic to dogs can still tolerate Samoyed huskies. You mightwant to ask your allergist. They are very long haired dogs and not suitable for warm climates but may be worth a try if the doctor gives them an ok

On Apr 20, 2001

I asked a couple of highly allergic friends of mine (including my son's father) and read some of the quotes above, and I have to say, BENSMOM, a person can be allergic, test allergic and not react until years later. My X is a perfect example, as is my mother and my aunt. My mom still doesn't know what causes her tongue and hand to blow up like a balloon. Although, she admits they didn't test her for peanuts. I am allergic to tomatos. Don't have to be tested to know it either. When did that start? When I was pregnant with my son. And tomatos are my favorite. I did say in another post that Tide makes my son break out in a horrible eczema, and someone mentioned that they read somewhere that peanut oils were in Tide. Just because he isn't reacting in the same way as other peoples PA kids, doesn't mean he isn't PA. He ate peanuts last week, but I also had to give him his inhaler several times last week. He hadn't had them for over 5 months and hadn't had an attack. I don't think that was the cat, who now has a new home thanks to allergy testing. But, all the same, I'm not risking a future "potential" reaction just because he can eat them now. His life means more to me than my own. And if he can't eat peanuts.. I won't either. - Melanie

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Originally posted by BENSMOM: [b]How could she react to peanutbutter on her arm when she used to eat it every day?? She never smeared it on her face, hands or arm when she was younger (my 5 yr old is still a messy eater)? I just replied to MeCash on the intro board, that supposedly, if someone eats the food without a reaction, they are not allergic even if the test says so. I'm so tired of this allergy testing that makes no sense![/b]

------------------ Melanie

On Apr 20, 2001

I asked a couple of highly allergic friends of mine (including my son's father) and read some of the quotes above, and I have to say, BENSMOM, a person can be allergic, test allergic and not react until years later. My X is a perfect example, as is my mother and my aunt.

I am allergic to tomatos. Don't have to be tested to know it either. When did that start? When I was pregnant with my son. And tomatos are my favorite. I did say in another post that Tide makes my son break out in a horrible eczema, and someone mentioned that they read somewhere that peanut oils were in Tide. Just because he isn't reacting in the same way as other peoples PA kids, doesn't mean he isn't PA. He ate peanuts last week, but I also had to give him his inhaler several times last week. He hadn't had them for over 5 months and hadn't had an attack. I don't think that was the cat, who now has a new home thanks to allergy testing. But, all the same, I'm not risking a future "potential" reaction just because he can eat them now. His life means more to me than my own. And if he can't eat peanuts.. I won't either. - Melanie

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Originally posted by BENSMOM: [b]How could she react to peanutbutter on her arm when she used to eat it every day?? She never smeared it on her face, hands or arm when she was younger (my 5 yr old is still a messy eater)? I just replied to MeCash on the intro board, that supposedly, if someone eats the food without a reaction, they are not allergic even if the test says so. I'm so tired of this allergy testing that makes no sense![/b]

------------------ Melanie

On Apr 20, 2001

Amy, At a friends house, with the dog Nick breaks out to if licked, Nick helped himself to a sample of dog food. Like many of us I was worried about peanuts in this particular type of dog food(Iams). So I called Iams,was on hold a very long time,with epi in hand, but the CSR assured me there aren't any peanuts in any of their products. I told many of our friends with dogs that Iams is peanut free so a few switched to Iams in case Nick wanted any more dog food. Thank goodness he has not developed a taste for it. I do wonder what "crude protien" is, don't you? Kim

[This message has been edited by KIM I (edited April 20, 2001).]

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