Allergy Severity

Posted on: Wed, 01/20/2010 - 5:34am
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My 20 month old daughter just got dx with a peanut allergy. We have not gotten the blood test results yet. She has had those orange peanut butter crackers, reese pieces and even nutter butter cookies with no reaction at all. But when she has peanut butter from the jar whe broke out in hives. The allergist said he had never heard of such a case. He scared me and said she needs a epi-pen and could have a severe reaction. Does this seem right. How could she have a reaction to peanut butter, but not peanut butter products?

Posted on: Thu, 01/21/2010 - 6:32am
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Some children are allergic depending upon the amount consumed. However, most peanut allergic individuals are allergic period.
It seems unlikely (though anything is possible) that someone would eat products containing peanut butter in high amounts and not have a reaction but would react to peanut butter.
I am not an allergist--but the only thing that comes to mind is cooked vs non cooked foods.
Some people can tolerate egg in baked goods but not whole cooked or runny eggs.
Nutter Butters are more processed than say plain peanut butter.
My next thought or question would be how much was consumed. For example--how many Nutter Butters vs. how much peanut butter.
Lastly, it's possible that reactions are getting worse with each exposure. Assuming the peanut butter was the last exposure.
If your child is testing positive but is having no reactions period--I would question the test results.
But if you are having some reactions--regardless of the types of foods--I would personally avoid.
Food allergies can come and go and get more or less severe at any time. Even though there is no reaction to other peanut containing foods now--that you know of--there could be down the road.
Also, at 20 months old--it's possible there is an internal reaction like an itchy tongue, that your child is not telling you about.
Any other questions, feel free to ask. It does get easier over time-even though it seems so frightening now.
Ruth

Posted on: Thu, 02/25/2010 - 1:38am
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There are many ingredients in foods these days. Peanut butter is not just peanut butter. It can have other hydrogenated oils and HFCS added to it. Until your daughter has been tested, you don't know if she reacted to the peanuts or something else in the food.

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