I'm brand new - 3yr old has a +4 / severe level PA

Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2010 - 5:21am
ElliesMom's picture
Joined: 04/15/2010 - 12:10

Hi everyone -

I'm brand new to the world of peanut allergies and looking for more information and support on here.

My daughter had her first peanut reaction back in January (a few months shy of her 3rd bday). She touched a peanut butter sandwich to her lip and immediately felt ill, asked for milk/water, made faces like she act a lemon. Within minutes her upper lip doubled in size. It was extremely frightening. We gave her benadryl and were directed to go to the ER for evaluation. Within an hour her symptoms subsided and there was no wheezing, hives, vomiting etc.

We've had a follow up visit with an allergist who performed skin prick testing for Peanuts only. She was diagnosed as "+4 / severe" based on her skin reaction. No blood testing done and we are directed to return in 1 yr for repeat skin prick (again Peanuts only) although we are cautioned to avoid ALL nuts from her diet and our household.

She was first exposed to peanuts at around 18mos with no issues; she had PB cookies, reeses PB cups; PB sandwiches etc. on many occasions for the past year and 1/2 without issue up until her reaction this past January. It was my assumption that after the first few exposures with no reaction we were in the clear but apparently that is not the case...

If anyone has any advice as to what we should do next I'd greatly appreciate it. We carry our twinjet everywhere and are crazy about being peanut free. She starts preschool next fall and although it's a nut-free pre-K I'm still really nervous her teachers won't be able to spot her reacting etc...

thanks for listening :)


Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2010 - 8:16am
barbfeick's picture
Joined: 04/18/2009 - 05:48

Stop vaccinations. Read the posts about the new book out "The History of the Peanut Allergy Epidemic" by Heather Fraser.
Eating peanuts does not cause a peanut allergy. Being injected with peanut protein does cause an allergy.
Now you have to be the paranoid mom to protect your child's life. I'd suggest that you give a talk at the school to your child's class and explain it to them.

Posted on: Fri, 04/16/2010 - 3:26am
MICHAELS MOM's picture
Joined: 09/23/2006 - 09:00

My Goodness! I don't know that stopping vaccinations without the advice of your physician is a good idea. As far as our allergist is concerned and most of the literature I've read (FAAN endorsed) the cause of food allergies is still unkown. New allergies can begin at any time...Sounds like it was scary Elliesmom. Lots of good info here and at the food allergy hyperboards as well! Sadly, it all becomes second nature!

Posted on: Fri, 04/16/2010 - 4:23am
BestAllergySites's picture
Joined: 03/15/2009 - 21:46

Hi Elliesmom--I posted a response to your other post in the welcome section.
I agree with Michaels Mom. Be careful regarding medical advice anywhere. Always ck with your physician before proceeding.

Posted on: Fri, 04/16/2010 - 7:30am
barbfeick's picture
Joined: 04/18/2009 - 05:48

Yes, check with your physician but first buy Heather's book. Your doctor does not know that there is peanut oil in the vaccines that he is using. Basically you will be consulting someone who does not know all the ingredients of the vaccines. He ASSUMES they are safe.
Sometimes, you have to think for yourself. I always looked up the prescriptions given to me by the physician in the PDR BEFORE buying it and giving it to my child. Twice I had things prescribed that the PDR said very emphatically should not be prescribed for children.
There is a reason that so many children are getting these serious food allergies. It isn't because we are cleaner than the people in underdeveloped countries which is the current "theory" about why we have an epidemic of food allergies. This "epidemic" is profitable. The same companies that make the vaccines also make epipens. And there are the allergy tests, various medications, doctor appointments.
I found one woman who had her child tested for allergies and he had none. Same day she gets the results for the allergy tests he gets his full batch of 6-month vaccines. One month later the child is allergic to nearly everything including foods that were not in their diet.
Compare this to the dental industry. Anyone still getting "silver" fillings with mercury? How can something be safe in the mouth yet toxic when removed? How many years did they deny that these fillings are a bad idea? They still deny that they can cause problems.
We are told that we are not supposed to think for ourselves. I was once told by a doctor that I could not possibly know that my iron level was off. Like.... I didn't have enough energy to stand up and make dinner and I couldn't notice that?
What was said above "Be careful regarding medical advice anywhere" That also applies to your current physician!
"Doctors Are The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US, Causing 250000 Deaths Every Year - Journal American Medical Association Vol 284 July 26, 2000."
Most of the allergy books say that you have to be exposed to something first in order for the body to produce antibodies. It is well known that injecting protein into a mammal produces an anaphylactic reaction with the second exposure. Heather documented in her book how the FDA decided that even though there is peanut protein in refined peanut oil that it is GRAS and doesn't have to be listed on the package insert of ingredients. So the pharmacist and medical community has no idea there is peanut protein in vaccines.
So buy Heather's book and read it. Then ask your doctor if he knew that the FDA decided that pharmaceutical companies can decide on their own what is GRAS and doesn't have to be on pharmaceutical ingredient labels.
Read the antivax websites. Read the provax websites.
There are doctors who are antivax (Dr. Sharon Tenpenny) and there are doctors who are provax. So you can ask a doctor and get two vastly different answers.
There comes a time when you have to think for yourself and this is one of them.

Posted on: Sat, 04/17/2010 - 10:19pm
TJP's picture
Joined: 04/06/2010 - 12:33

Elliesmom, my advice to you is research and ask lots of questions. I am also new to the PA world. I am looking for advice on this forum as well but I am very cause about what others say. I have never read the book that barbfeick is talking about but what she is saying makes me nervous. It seem to me that she is just anti-vacin but also anti-doctor. If you trusted you doctor before the PA came about then you should be able to trust him now. If you don't trust him the find a new one.
Research! Research! Research!

Posted on: Sun, 04/18/2010 - 7:09am
barbfeick's picture
Joined: 04/18/2009 - 05:48

When I broke my leg, I was right there at the emergency room, grateful for modern medicine and painkillers. But when it comes to the "chronic illnesses" that plague people these days ... I admit that I am somewhat anti-mainstream doctors. I like alternative medicine because those are the doctors who helped my children and family when the "regular" doctors could not.
It is not a matter of whether you trust your doctor or not. Your doctor does his best but he does not have time to read the entire package insert and information about every drug he prescribes. I've been around pharmacists who thought that the doctors should diagnose but leave prescribing to pharmacists because they know the drugs and all the ways the drugs can interact and the doctors just can't know it all. Doctors are human and they make mistakes. They can't know everything and they rely on the pharmaceutical firms and FDA to put out "safe" products.
The problem with the peanut allergy is the FDA has let us down. They have safeguarded the pharmaceutical industry instead of the health of our children. Your doctor depends on the FDA to make sure all the vaccines and drugs are safe. They have not done so as far as vaccines having trace amounts of food protein in them.
So, you can continue as you have been. Stick your head in the sand. Believe the hype put out by the vaccine industry and the medical community that says this epidemic of peanut allergies just happened and nobody can possibly figure out how. Or... you can read Heather's book, think for yourself, decide that pharmaceuticals should not be exempt from full disclosure of ingredients and start insisting that the FDA does what it is supposed to do. Protect our children and not the billions of dollars of profits of the pharmaceutical firms.

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