Did you have an undiagnosed FA as a kid?

Posted on: Wed, 02/19/2003 - 9:28pm
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There were foods I simply refused to eat as a kid, and my son seems to be allergic to many of these same foods, including legumes and fowl.

Luckily, I didn't eat peanut butter until third grade. However, I distinctly remember sitting in the school cafeteria staring at my peas while the other kids lined up for recess. Another time my Dad forced me to try the Thanksgiving turkey only to have me regurgitate it a little later.

My husband says eggs made him "car sick" as a kid, and both of my kids are allergic to eggs.

I think our parents just did not know much about food allergies, although my mom suggested I might be allergic to the turkey. Now, I eat all of these foods, but my husband still can't eat many eggs at once.

Anyone with similar stories?

Posted on: Wed, 02/19/2003 - 9:42pm
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Hi Nancy,
Yes, when I was young and my family went to a restaurant for dinner, I would always order shrimp, AND I would get hives around my mouth. My family realized that this would happen, but no one was too concerned, and never prevented me from ordering the shrimp(hard to understand, knowing what we do).
DH never ate PB until college, even the smell disgusted him. He remembers throwing up quite often in elementary school.
I don't think that food allergies were taken too seriously years ago, I guess, unless one experienced anaphylaxis.
Take care,
Andrea

Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2003 - 12:06am
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Andrea,
I guess that goes back to the other question of if you had a different husband would your child not have food allergies. My husband and I did not even discuss our food histories until we found out about Ethan's allergies. I don't think it figured into our spouse selection process.
Take care,
Nancy

Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2003 - 1:13am
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I think I mentioned this a while back. But when I was around 12 I started getting hives for no particular reason at all. I am not talking little hives here and there. I am talking one huge hive that would make my entire eye swell shut and buldge out. Or at night I would wake up and my bottom lip would be so swollen you couldn't even see me upper lip. Or my ears would get so big you couldn't even see any definition to them, they would just be big lumps on the side of my head. My mom took me to the doctors and no one really seemed to care! They would just tell her to give me benedryl, which never really did much of anything. Multiple doctors just never seemed concerned or did anything about it. This went on from the time I was about 12 until 18, then it switched to I would get periods of shortness of breath, where I would feel like I just couldn't take a deep breath. It would happen every so often and drive my friends nuts because we would be sitting there and I would be breathing like I just ran a marathon. This finally ended when I was about 20 or so.
Not sure what it was all about, food related, hormone related, environmental....
just glad I don't have those problems anymore! The hive thing was no fun in school, people would always asked me why I was so swollen and I wore sunglasses a lot to cover swollen eyes. I am just glad that allergies like this seem to be taken more seriously now. I was going through this about 11 or 12 years ago, so it seems to be a big difference between now and then evn on how things like this are looked at! I think dd has food allergies probably because of something on my side of the family.
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Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2003 - 4:54am
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KCMom,
Same thing used to happen to me! I used to get full-body hives for no apparent reason. One morning I woke up and my top lip was so swollen I could see it sticking way out in front of my face. My father cracked up laughing when he saw me. I don't remember feeling short of breath, but I was talking to my dad about this recently and he says I fainted a few times when I had hives! Jeez, I feel lucky to be alive. I adore my parents, but they definitely weren't the worrying type. In college when I had bad hives I'd go to the emergency room and they'd give me an epi shot and that was it--bye bye, hope you feel better. No allergy testing or anything.
In a restaurant once, my husband had some fancy nut soup (gross, huh?) and promptly vomited and had facial flushing for a few hours. Maybe he has a mild allergy. He has always had lots of stomach problems.

Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2003 - 5:27am
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My mother told me that when I was born I had boils all over my body .
The only thing the doc could come up with is I was allergic to the air,boy is that weird.
I am beging to think they were welts.
Back then(long long long time ago)they did not know what they know now.I know I have some food allergies just waiting for the right time to take care of my self.
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Synthia

Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2003 - 9:19am
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No, I didn't.
Now, I have always HATED pb, but I'm not allergic to it and could eat peanut products that I liked (I distinctly remember jars of honey roasted peanuts).
I have environmental allergies that I was tested for when I was quite young, 7 or less, and received allergy shots for for years which I now control with an antihistamine.
I had asthma as a child, but I outgrew it probably still as a toddler.
No, no FA's yet, touch wood.
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Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2003 - 9:38am
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Sandra Y, as weird as this sounds, I was so glad to see your post! To see that I am not the only one! And you know, I used to get laughed at a lot!!! My parents would just laugh at me and say 'poor thing'. My parents were not really the worrying type either! When I was 17 I had an ovarian cyst rupture, and for two days I put up with the pain until I told my parents it was really hurting (didn't know what it was yet), and I fainted on to my mother. She told me to go lay on the couch and that after dinner they would take me to the hospital! Turns out I was bleeding internally pretty bad, had to have emergency surgery and all!! But that's a whole other story!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
I do condsider myself lucky at this point too! I feel lucky it never progressed into anything more since no one seemed to care to look into it! But you know, I wouldn't be at all suprised to find out it was food related. I am just so glad that it seems to be taken more seriously now!
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Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2003 - 12:38pm
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i was thinking back to my childhood recently and i can recall at least four occasions when i had facial swelling. several times my entire face swelled and another time or two my lips, mouth and tongue only swelled. oddly, my dad was a doctor and had my mom give me benadryl capsules and put me to bed. (most of the episodes happened at our cabin out in the middle of nowhere on the river). i feel lucky now that nothing worse happened. i do remember that once my dad asked my mom to keep me home from school to "watch me for signs of trouble breathing." i find it odd now that they never sought to find out what it was that caused the reactions; especially with him being a medical person. i never have found out what caused it to happen and haven't had it happen to me as an adult. ?????? joey

Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2003 - 12:55pm
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There is a note in my baby book that I was "allergic to egg whites"? Can you be allergic to just the white? Also this is something that I have long,long ago grown out of and my mother has no memory of - so it was not a big deal.
My dad has many environmental allergies, but those came on later in his life.

Posted on: Thu, 02/20/2003 - 9:46pm
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I too think I had undiagnosed food allergies. I can't remember the exact food except milk. It alway made my ears 'pop'. But I distinctly remember getting the worst pains in my stomach and the back of my throat would itch occasionally. I can actually remember trying to scratch it to relieve the itch. But you're right..parents just didn't seem to concerned. Obviously felt it wasn't serious.

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