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I wondered how many of you noticed that PAs are genetic? If your children have them, does anyone else in the family?

I'm curious, because my brother has severe PAs and we're treating ds as if he does until he is tested. Any thoughts on this?

On Mar 3, 2001

I know that you all are going to think that I am crazy (you won't be far off) but my DH and I are both a little P sensitive (but I'm not sure it is a true allergy). We never have any P in the house or any "may contain" either. As a general rule, I won't eat any P products just so I can say to my son that mommy won't eat it either. Well one day at work I was really stressed. I went to our shack area and locked onto a Payday bar. Now even when I ate P, I didn't eat Payday, but I just had to have it. So I ate it and my mouth itched. So about a week later I ate a P cookie and my mouth itched again. So I don't really think that I am allergic, but I won't go near that nasty stuff again. DH eats P stuff all the time at work. It has made him congested his entire life. He has been tested and he is about a 1 and I tell him that he needs to lay off, you never know when a reaction can be bad, but, well, you know men. I just tell him to keep his life insurance policy paid up [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] . Our allergist told us that the 3 factors for kids are 1. Family history of ANY allergy 2. Early introduction and 3. Eating P during pregnancy. Now I know that the last one is contoversial, but I lived on it when I was preggers.

On Mar 4, 2001

I'm PA and both of my children are, too.

Rebekah

On Mar 5, 2001

my bil has pa. i never thought of it as being genetic until we found out our son has pa. i would have been a little more careful.

On Mar 5, 2001

I don't know whether specific allergies are genetic. No no else in either my family or my husband's family has PA. But the allergist told me that kids born into families with allergies are likely to have allergies, though not necessarily the same kind as their parents or other relatives. With a genetic disposition to allergies, one kid in a family may have food allergies, another hay fever, and another asthma (or one kid might have all of these). I have ragweed allergy, but my kids do not. One son is lactose intolerant but has no true food allergies. The other son is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, and some fish, including cod. No one else in either family has a fish or tree nut allergy. When my sons were infants, they had severe eczema. The allergist told us then that the worst of the eczema would pass (which it did), but they would definitely develop allergies later, although he could not predict which ones. So I think that looking for clearcut genetic links for PA per se is possibly not so useful.

On Mar 5, 2001

I am pa and so is my son.

On Mar 5, 2001

My PA daughter is my fourth and she's the only with PA. My oldest son is allergic to Amoxicillin, but the other 2 have no allergies. My husband has seasonal allergies and cats and I have a minor latex allery. I still react to latex even tho testing negative on a RAST test for it (go figure!) There aren't any allergies on my husband's side of the family nor mine. I did crave PB when I was pregnant with all 4. I also heard from our allergist that if the parents have allergies, there is a 50/50 chance the child will have some type of allergy.

Personally, I was thinking maybe it could be environmental in some way. Not sure how, tho. Maybe something to do with the growing/manufacturing of peanut/nuts. It's hard to explain why so many people are coming down with this allergy. There seems to be a child with this allergy entering the school system every day. There are 3 children in my daughter's school (various grades) with this allergy, too. It sure would be nice to figure out how this has happened to our children and the PA adults.

On Mar 6, 2001

I agree that the increase in PA must have something to do with peanut butter's growing presence in our diets. I have read before that whatever food(s) are most common in a country or culture's diet, then those are the foods to which people develop allergies; for instance, codfish allergy is not very common in the U.S., but it is a problem in Scandinavia, where cod is a staple of the national diet. I have wondered therefore if peanut allergy is an issue in parts of Africa or Asia where peanuts have been consumed for centuries--does anyone know?

On Mar 6, 2001

Personally I think it does run in the family. Now it may not be the Mother, Father,Grandparents or Aunts and uncles. But distant Relatives. My son Is PA, EGG and Tomatoe allergy and other allergies. In my family my Grandmother is highly allergic to Eggs(has been all of her life)and has other allergies too. (who knows about the peanut on my side, I hate the things) On my husbands side his Mothers first cousin her son who is in his 30's is PA and Tree nut also. He was not as severe when he was younger but has gotten worse has he has gotten older. I am allergic to pears. I hate them. My daughter has all of the seasonal allergies that I have. I am allergic to grass like my son is allergic to Peanuts. Is that not weird. Tina

On Mar 6, 2001

There are no food allergies anywhere on either side of our families. My husband has environmental allergies which he developed in his teens. I have no allergies. My oldest son has the peanut allergy and some environmental allergies, as well. We don't know about our younger son yet (he's 22 months and has never been exposed to peanuts). Deanna

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