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Though most of us on these boards are parents of PA kids, I would like to adress this question only to adults with peanut allergy... Have any of you ever experienced a lesser reaction after a more severe one? I have often heard that each reaction gets worse. Thanks a bunch. Tina

On Nov 8, 2000

I wouldn't say each reaction is worse. Each reaction is different. I would assume ingesting the same amount of say peanut butter, several times would escalate the reaction greatly each time. You mention a lesser reaction after a severe one. I can confirm after a severe reaction for several days following I experience "aftershocks" of lesser degree from the same instance. Additionally, the immune system becomes stressed after fighting an attack and sensitivity to airborne or touches increases and consumption is the most dangerous while defenseless.

Hope this helps. Dan

On Nov 8, 2000

I know that I had a very mild reaction after eating red sauce that contained peanut butter. That is the only mild reaction I know of for sure. The problem is we might not know if we had a trace of peanuts and had no reaction at all. All of my other reactions have been the same. Andy

On Nov 8, 2000

My sensitivity has increased over time, but my reactions have not gotten more severe. Because as I've gotten older I've become more aware. Does this make any sense?? I'll try to give examples... Growing up I ate every day in the lunchroom full of other kids eating peanut products and was fine for the most part. Now, I don't think I'd be able to walk into that same lunchroom - there's the more sensitive part. My first reaction was anaphylaxis after taking a bite of PB cookie before I was 2 years old. Obviously, I would never take a bite of anything overtly peanut anymore - actually I probably wouldn't even take a bite of anything with peanuts in it at all since my sixth sense is pretty developed. Because of this I have very few peanut exposures now and the only reactions I've had in a long time are from manufacturer cross-contamination and those are "mild" reactions.

I guess what this confusing post is trying to say is that Yes, I am more sensitive - BUT I also have less likelyhood of accidental exposure so fewer bad reactions.

Rebekah

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