Can a stuffy nose be a reaction?

Posted on: Tue, 01/02/2001 - 3:11am
AmyR's picture
Joined: 09/26/2000 - 09:00

I have a question but also a message about airlines. That is why I've decided to post here and not under the airlines section.

I'm a little curious if anyone has heard of a stuffy nose as being a symptom of an airborne peanut reaction. I did a search but came up empty.

The reason why I ask is this. We just came back from Florida last night and flew on US Air and Metro Jet. I called the airlines ahead of time and was told that they don't serve any food on Metro Jet. Well this woman was definitely wrong. Before we left Boston I also asked the grounds crew if they served peanuts. The woman there told me they have a lot of extra peanuts hanging around because they don't serve them anymore. Well, she was wrong too. When I got on Metro Jet to come home yesterday, I asked the flight attendent if they were serving peanuts. She replied that they were serving peanuts and pretzels. After explaining my son's situation, she said they would only serve pretzels. She told another flight attendent right in front of me. That woman said, "well, we just won't serve them to her son". (well I could have taken care of that myself). The first woman said, "no, her son is very allergic and we shouldn't be serving any peanuts". And that is what they did.

Then on the leg from Baltimore to Boston, I asked the flight attendent if a snack was going to be served. She said the flight was too short for a snack. I said, "so there will be nothing served?" and she said that is correct. Well I guess I should have been more specific. We were at the back of the plane and with about 20 minutes to go, they served us a beverage and wouldn't you know, peanuts. I couldn't believe it. I explained the the flight attendent that I was annoyed. Not at her but that I asked someone else earlier, I called the airlines and was even told they don't serve peanuts anymore. Her response was that the airlines keeps changing what they serve. That peanuts were out for awhile but seem to be coming back. She did tell me that in the future, I should board the plane and tell a flight attendent about the allergy. The attendent will then make sure that peanuts are not served. I was not specific enough (not really wanting to cause attention - my fault). I guess you live and learn. The woman next to me heard my whole conversation and stuck the peanuts in her pocket. Very considerate.

Anyways, here's my question. About 5-10 minutes later my son (just turned three) tells me his nose is stuffy and his knee itches. He said this without me asking him any questions. Over the next 10 minutes or so, he said it a few times and scratched his head and made a frustrated sound. When the plane was landing I asked if his nose was stuffy and he told me he was all better. Reaction or coincidence?

When we checked on him last night, he was snoring so loudly. He normally snores but this was unbelievable. He was obviously still congested. This morning he seemed fine but my nanny called about an hour ago to tell me he said his stomach was bothering him. Who knows, maybe he's getting sick and last night's plane ride was just a coincidence. Any thoughts?

P.S. I'm sorry this is so long. I wanted you to get the facts first. I also wanted people to hear the importance of being very specific with the flight attendents about having a peanut allery. The people booking the flights don't seem to have accurate information.

Posted on: Tue, 01/02/2001 - 12:27pm
rebekahc's picture
Joined: 12/02/1999 - 09:00

It sounds to me like your son was reacting to the peanuts. When I'm around airborn peanuts I have a hayfever/environmental type allergic reaction. Usually my chest gets tight and my throat/nose itches. Sometimes my lips tingle and my skin gets itchy.

Posted on: Tue, 01/02/2001 - 1:12pm
andy's picture
Joined: 04/26/2001 - 09:00

Amy, when mixed nuts are served on planes I start to have cold symptoms. I go through many tissues and it always starts happening a few minutes before the mixed nuts are served. Andy

Posted on: Wed, 01/03/2001 - 4:59am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

After what happened today, I'd say "Yes!"
I picked my PA son up from preschool, then went straight to the store, 15 minutes away. By the time we got there, his eyes were bloodshot (REALLY red), he kept rubbing them, and he was sniffling a lot. I watched him for about 30 minutes, then decided he must have been having some kind of reaction. I washed his hands and gave him Benadryl. He was fine after another 20-30 minutes.
I know this doesn't really relate to the airborne/airline question, but I thought it was sort of like a 'cold symptoms' type of reaction.

Posted on: Fri, 01/05/2001 - 2:09am
Diane's picture
Joined: 12/15/1999 - 09:00

My daughter who was 3 yrs old at the time was in her Sunday school rm. Her teacher was walking towards her room and I saw her pop a reeses pb cup in her mouth. I reminded her of my daughters allergy and she assured me that she would wash her hands and apologized. She sits right next to the teachers chair at the little table. And she absoulutely had cold like symptoms after church that day. I am sure that it was just smelling that candy that the teacher ate.

Posted on: Fri, 01/05/2001 - 2:22am
AmyR's picture
Joined: 09/26/2000 - 09:00

Thanks for your replies. As it turns out, the next day my son had a terrible stomachache that lasted over 24 hours. He never got sick from it but wouldn't eat, was doubled over in pain and was just plain miserable. I took him to the doctors and he ended up having an ear infection. So now I have no idea if his stuffy nose was a reaction or a coincidence. At least he's better now.

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