Posted on: Sat, 06/24/2000 - 4:11am
veteran.pa's picture
Joined: 06/23/2000 - 09:00

I have an allergy to peanuts now; as a child, I had severe multiple food allergies. I am fifty-three years old, happily married, and mother of two children who are 21 and 18. My children have never had any food allergies. I am thrilled at this website because I never knew others who had peanut allergy. I can learn from you and maybe share something that I know to help you.

Posted on: Sat, 06/24/2000 - 7:18am
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Joined: 04/12/2002 - 09:00

pHi, welcome to the board. I am glad that you found us. It is very helpful to have PA adults here. We can learn so much from you. Most of us are parents with PA children but there are several other PA adults here as well. I am sure you will enjoy the support you will find here as much as I have!/p

Posted on: Tue, 08/28/2001 - 9:35am
katiee's picture
Joined: 05/09/2001 - 09:00

Hi Andrea, and welcome!
My son was tested for his peanut allergy via skin test at 18 months of age. You need to have your child tested.
Has the allergist prescribed the necessary epi-pen Jr's for your child. Given that the Allergist said to consider your child allergic, if this is indeed the case you must have the meds.
What has the Allergist said you should do in the event of exposure to peanuts? I can not stress to you enough the need for an accurate diagnosis and the proper prescription. There is no such thing as a mild peanut allergy, you can never tell from one exposure to the next how a person will react. This is why we all carry epipens, you just never know.
If you are not getting the answers you are looking for from your doctor, find another one that has a better grasp of the seriousness of anphylaxis.
One more thing, my PA son Wade is my third child and the only PA. There are no food allergies in my immediate family or my husbands. Go figure!
Katiee (Wade's mom)

Posted on: Tue, 08/28/2001 - 11:09am
tuttles's picture
Joined: 07/23/2001 - 09:00

My 3 Yo Pa son was diagnosed at 5 months old, with a taste of PB to his lip. He immediately broke out with hives and swelled right up. When we went to see the allergist for the first time, he said that it was obvious that he was allergic to Peanuts since he had such a bad reaction, and there was no hidden ingredients in the food (it was just PB that he was exposed to. Any way he said that since he knew it was a PB allergy, there was no need to subject him to a skin test (but he never stated that he was too young, which he might well have been). What he did do for me was to have a CAP-RAST test done. This is a test that uses blood drawn from the person to see what severity of allergy you may have.
I would definelty get tested and wouldn't stop searching for a new allergist until he was tested. Possibly a CAP-RAST test would be the answer you are looking for.
Good Luck and I hope that I helped.

Posted on: Wed, 08/29/2001 - 5:22am
Liamsmom's picture
Joined: 02/21/2001 - 09:00

Welcome, Andrea! Our son had his first (and so far only) reaction to peanuts just short of fifteen months of age. He developed enormous hives over every square inch of his little body, but had no respiratory or digestive tract symptoms. We saw an allergist two weeks later -- a doctor who performed some of the pioneering research on PA. After hearing our description of the reaction, he administered a skin test to Liam, with VERY positive results for peanuts and several tree nuts. Neither the test nor the accompanying weals bothered Liam at all, although he wasn't pleased to have to stay still for a few minutes.
Life hasn't been quite the same since (as you've probably gathered from reading some of the threads on this site), but it was important to learn exactly which foods we need to avoid. I've found these discussion boards to be an invaluable source of information and support from people who truly understand the uncertainty and fear of families new to peanut allergy. I really hope your little guy tests negative, but if not, please take advantage of the community you have here. Good luck!
[This message has been edited by Liamsmom (edited August 29, 2001).]

Posted on: Wed, 08/29/2001 - 11:55am
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angiegrrl, welcome! My son had his 1st reaction at 18 months and we were prescribed an Epi-pen immediately by a doctor in the emergency room.
I never felt the need to have Jesse tested because it was quite obvious from his reaction and his diagnosis in the emergency room that night that he was PA. Also, a chocolate bar with a peanut in it was the only "new" thing he had tried that day to cause a reaction (which was immediate).
So as far as your question about your child being too young for testing, I can't be of any assistance whatsoever.
What I can say, is that you DO need an Epi-pen IMMEDIATELY.
I think everyone else who has posted has explained clearly why - you never know how severe the next reaction may be. My son subsequently had two anaphylactic reactions which did require an Epi-pen shot. With his last reaction, he almost died.
I took my daughter to have her tested last year and although I had my son tested for other allergies, I refused to have him tested for PA. I just know that he is. Your case is very different.
You've found this website and please let me *tell* you that you've found the best place to be. No question you have will EVER be considered stupid or negated. You will receive information, support, encouragement, caring, and concern.
Again, welcome and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2001 - 6:57am
marina_twinmom's picture
Joined: 09/06/2001 - 09:00

Hello! My son, who's 13 months old, was diagnosed with PA by an allergist last week after skin testing.
Just wanted to let you know that (according to our allergist, at least) kids this young can get tested and diagnosed.

Posted on: Mon, 09/10/2001 - 6:59am
marina_twinmom's picture
Joined: 09/06/2001 - 09:00

P.S. He gave us a prescription for EpiPens and told us to carry them with Tim at all times. He also wants us to buy a Medic Alert bracelet or something similar...

Posted on: Sun, 10/14/2001 - 11:42am
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Joined: 10/14/2001 - 09:00

The mystery hives that you have described sound very familiar to us... My daughter had a food allergy reaction to eggs in a homemade cookie at the age of 6 months. The reaction was bad enough to send us to the ER and at the time they thought the reaction was due to walnuts in the cookie. I think now how stupid/nieve it was for me to give her the cookie in the first place at that age. Anyhow, I just wanted to share that my daughter was tested for food allergies at the early age of 6 months old. It was a prick test on her back and the test revealed that she was allergic to eggs, peanuts and oranges. I highly recommend the test and even the RAST blood test to get allergy levels established. .
Good Luck!!

Posted on: Wed, 11/06/2002 - 10:47pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Welcome, MDJ. As you already know, this board is just the best for information! Also, the people who post here are really great for support and knowledge! Sorry you have to join us - I always hate to see new members - wish this board wasn't necessary!!! My 4 yo daughter was diagnosed at 2 from eating a peanut butter cookie. She also has eczema and evnironmental allergies. Best of luck to you and stay safe!

Posted on: Sun, 01/19/2003 - 1:40am
river's picture
Joined: 07/15/1999 - 09:00

Just a belated welcome hammoneggs! Hope you find lots of stuff here.


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