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Posted on: Sun, 09/16/2007 - 11:12am
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raising for Holly [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 09/17/2007 - 9:59pm
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It's nice to hear this!!
I had a severe GI reaction during the week that I started figuring out I had peanut allergies. Within 15 minutes, the reaction had escalated to include multiple organ systems.
That reaction pushed me to the limit and I was in my doctor's office the next day. After he prescribed Epi's, I thought, 1) I would definately avoid the offending food at all costs, but also that 2) if I ever had another reaction like that, I would definately use my epipen!

Posted on: Tue, 09/18/2007 - 6:35am
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I just had our Allergist fill out the consent forms for school. In the section which asks what symptoms to look for (there are about 25 you can check off) she checked the ALL off and then wrote underneath "Any or ALL symptoms: Give Epipen. In the past, Wade has had some severe reactions that started with vomitting...needless to say I was relieved that the Allergist was so blunt.
It spoke volumes to the school. The Principal was schocked, we had a nice little chat. Looks like we are now on the same page! Nice for a change.
Katiee

Posted on: Tue, 09/18/2007 - 11:48am
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Thank you re raising this for me daisy!
Our allergist also checked the epi box for GI symptoms on the food allergy action plan.
Katiee, would your nurse give the epi if vomiting was the only symptom and no ingestion occurred (thinking contact)?
I've always thought of reactions in terms of hives and barky cough. How do those of you who experience Gi symptoms determine if it's stomach upset from reaction or something else.
Holly

Posted on: Wed, 09/19/2007 - 12:27am
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For me, there's no question as I get severe stomach cramping prior to the vomiting.....followed by diarrhea.
I've never had vomiting as the only symptom.

Posted on: Mon, 10/29/2007 - 5:44am
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Posted on: Tue, 10/30/2007 - 12:13am
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I am a school nurse, and I can tell you that I would definitely give epi for a GI reaction, even if I was not sure whether it was contact or ingestion. There is no harm in giving the epi, the harm comes from NOT giving it...all three of the food allergic children in my school have check marks next to GI and epi!

Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2006 - 2:40am
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Thanks, Adele. Good to know!

Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2006 - 9:05am
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That is good to know. I guess any GI reaction could progress to a bigger systemic reaction and it is better safe than sorry.
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Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2006 - 11:00am
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Adele, I thought of you specifically when I read that question in the newsletter! Isn't it wonderful to get advice that jives with what your instincts tell you to do?

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