Gender and PA

Posted on: Sat, 01/27/2007 - 2:22am
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Does anyone know the statistics on the percentage of males vs. females who have PA?

My PA DD has noticed that every person she knows in real life with PA is a boy. Although, I've pointed out to her, she has seen a woman who I know has PA; she just hasn't actually talked to her. But there are 2 boys in her class with PA and another boy from another class in her school with it. And my son knows 3 boys with PA in his classes (and DD knows who 2 of those are from talking with their family at church). So she's wondering why she seems to be the only girl around with PA. I've told her about you gals on PA.com, so I think that makes her feel a little better! I think it must be just chance with our small sample, that it can't be true that more boys have it than girls.

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Posted on: Sat, 01/27/2007 - 2:24am
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for us, it would fit, my son is the peanut-allergic kiddo in our family(so far). We do have a neighbor, girl allergic though, and so is her brother!
It does seem like more boys....the peanut-free table at school the 2nd grade has 2 girls and 3 boys that sit there...so more boys again. But 1st grade, there's just 1 girl, and Kindergarten, just 1 boy.
Intersting non-the-less!
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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)
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Posted on: Sat, 01/27/2007 - 2:53am
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Hi. I am PA but I also know more boys/men who are PA than girls/women. I've only met one other woman, besides the girls on here that is PA. But I can easily think of 10 males that I know including my DS who are/were PA (2 of them outgrew it). Plus another boy abt 6 years old, who is reacting to tree nuts.
edited to add 2 more boys I know with PA
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Posted on: Sat, 01/27/2007 - 3:36am
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In his K class DS had a girl that was also PA. In his school now, the 3 PA kids that I know of are all boys (including DS)

Posted on: Sat, 01/27/2007 - 4:00am
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My son is PA, but in his school all the other PA kids are girls. He would love to meet another boy with PA [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 01/27/2007 - 4:07am
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It's our son with the PA here too, and I would say almost 75% of the PA kids we meet are boys.

Posted on: Sat, 01/27/2007 - 4:52am
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It seems like the entire support group I'm in have sons w/ allergies (20+ pp). Very few girls. It makes me wonder too.

Posted on: Sat, 01/27/2007 - 7:36am
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All of the kids we know of around us with PA are boys, including ds of course. I heard some where along the line that statistically there are more males with FA than females, not sure if that is solid info or not though cuz I can't remember where I heard it from.

Posted on: Sat, 01/27/2007 - 10:03am
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Well, I'm a girl. But I *was* a tomboy when I was little, and my mother's doctors all thought I was going to be a boy based on my vital signs.

Posted on: Sat, 01/27/2007 - 10:50am
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I'm female with PA. My grandson has two friends in his Montessori class with PA - both boys.
The following was taken from:
[url="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=retrieve&db=pubmed&list_uids=14657884&dopt=medline"]http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query...84&dopt=medline[/url]
"A male predominance of peanut-TN allergy was reported in children younger than 18 years (1.7% vs 0.7%, P =.02), and a female predominance was reported among adults (1.7% vs 0.9%, P =.0008)"
I found it by googling, "peanut allergy" + male.
My question is: why are there more males with PA under the age of 18, yet more adult females with PA. Do more males with PA outgrow it or are there more adult females with adult-female-onset?
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Posted on: Sat, 01/27/2007 - 11:38am
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Adele--those are interesting statistics. I would suspect your guess that more women have adult-onset allergies is the correct one because I know a LOT of women who develop allergies for the first time during pregnancies.
FWIW, the division of boys and girls with food allergies (not necessarily peanut--I'm just basing this on the kids at the food allergy table) at DD's school is roughly equal.
Sarah

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