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Posted on: Wed, 09/29/1999 - 12:23am
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pMy husband has been PA since a infant. Our daughter who is 7 doesn't show any signs of the allergy. We have been told with puberty she may start to show signs of the allergy. We don't give her any peanut products just to be safe. We have told the school that if there are any signs of a reaction she is to go to the hospital. They are aware of my husbands allergy and have been great about putting bright stickers on our daughter if she may have been exposed so no oil may be on her that may expose him thru touch or smell. He reacts to both. Anyone know of the allergy coming on at puberty. Any advice?/p

Posted on: Wed, 09/29/1999 - 1:17am
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pSo sorry to hear about your child having a reaction of any kind. My son is 8yrs old and had his 1st reaction to smell when he was 5. We have had a hard time making everyone understand that it is not just eating or touching that just the smell can cause major reactions. So far my son can take benadryl and use inhalers to releve any symptoms he has(asthma, itchy throat, puffy eyes). My son now eats at a table that no one has PB and this has helped. Our school is trying to keep him away from PB. We try to avoid PB my son will almost have a panic attack if he even sees a open jar. Our Kroger store was giving out samples of the new Jiff we had to leave it made him very nervous. Also I try not to take him to any of the bakery or markets with a bakery because he reacted to the smell of baking PB cookies. Good luck!!/p

Posted on: Mon, 10/04/1999 - 9:35am
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pMy son had an inhalant reaction to peanut butter at 16 months. I took him in to my older son's preschool class. The class was late coming back from a field trip so we waited in the room. I smelled peanut butter really strongly but could not see any. I watched him like a hawk. By the time we left his face was breaking out in hives. I found out that they had made those stupid pb/pinecone bird feeders that day before the field trip. Benadryl was all that was needed but it sure scared me that he would react when the peanut butter was no longer in the room. I am pretty sure it was inhalant and not touch because he did not sit where they were working on them. I guess it could have been smeared on something, but he was just a toddler and I didn't let him touch much. He just sat on the floor and played right beside me. That was about 2 1/2 years ago and he hasn't been around the smell again./p

Posted on: Mon, 11/15/1999 - 1:15pm
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pJust read this posting! I am 33 yrs. old with adult onset PA and inhalant reactions. It is interesting to me that your child initially was "disgusted" by the smell and then began reacting. That is similar to what I experienced. I really thought at first that the revulsion I felt when I smelled PB was because of the effect that it had on me if I ate it (and I was a HUGE PB fan before this allergy). When I first noticed that I was reacting in the presence of others eating PB, I was embarrassed--thought it was psychosomatic! Now I know differently. /p
pLast year, my nextdoor neighbor's child came into my house after eating 2 bites of PB on a rice cake. She walked up to where I was sitting on the floor tying my daughter's shoes and started to tell me a story. I never smelled any PB or had any inkling that she had eaten it, yet I suddenly had difficulty breathing and my throat felt tight. My mother was in the room and got the child out of the house quickly and opened all of the doors and windows. This all happened in under one minute. My mother later told me that the smell of PB was overwhelming. Why did I not smell it? My reaction did not progress too much from this, but is was a very scary asthma attack/allergic reaction. I have had a few similar incidents in which I never "smelled it coming". /p
pSince then, the child's father, who is an artist,has made me a really great, laminated sign for my door (complete with artistic peanut!) that says "Please do not visit if you have peanut products or if you have eaten peanut products". This has been great--it is important when so much with PA is uncontrollable, to be able to relax in the home environment. /p
pAlso, my children are not PA ( Thanks be to God!) but my daughter's preschool has been very sensitve to my needs. My child is not given any peanut products and if there have been any peanut products in the classroom, the teachers wash her hands and arms and inspect her clothing for any possible "contamination" just by contact. They also circle any PB days so that I will know not to come into the room ( there is a great carpool set-up). From the replies I read, it sounds like the kids and teachers in many situations have turned what could be an isolating experience into a positive one. Bravo!/p

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