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Hello- I am new to the PA world. I am in the process of being diagnosed. I have had a rather frustrating past two years that have included nine trips to the ER and major asthma flare ups. During a typical reaction I have breathing difficulties, abdominal spasms and hives. About a month ago my new allergist started considering the possibility of a PA/and or shellfish allergy, but said he cannot do an immo CAP (?) for peanuts and shellfish until next week (5/17/. I am patiently awaitng this test and vigilantly avoiding peanuts and shellfish. I have felt somewhat better this past month- except now we are into the spring pollen season which also gets my asthma flared up. I would appreciate any insight anyone might have on this topic. Thanks.

On May 10, 2006

Hello and welcome! Sorry to hear about your ER visits. This can be really scary until you get it under control. There are several of us adults here with shellfish allergy, and many more with nut allergies. The ICap is the latest instrument for doing RAST bloodwork. This will give your allergist an idea of what to look for...sounds like he's starting with the 2 most prevalent types of allergy first. Do you have an Epipen? Do you carry Benadryl? And of course, your inhaler? Keep these with you at all times. Always read food labels. After you have a more certain food diagnosis, you will be more comfortable eating out, but for now be very careful. Stay completely away from seafood restaurants; even if you don't get the seafood...too much cross-contamination risk. Stay away from desserts and icecream when eating out...too much nut risk. Good luck, and keep posting on your progress. I'm waiting on a peanut RAST result myself, now. Daisy

On May 10, 2006

I certainly am learning how hard it is to avoid peanuts- there is definitely a learning curve and I am now on the fast track. I do have a epi- and have had to use it- last month after the last bad attack. It was a good thing my allergist prescribed one for me as I believe it probably saved my life that night. I also do not go anywhere without my nebulizer. My airways shut done so quickly I usually cannot use my rescue inhaler. My allergist is quite sure it is peanuts that are the problem, but I ate fish/shellfish the night of the last bad attack. I did find out later that there was peanut flour in the breading on the clams- so this may well be the common factor.

On May 10, 2006

Hi... sorry to hear about all ER visits...my daughter is PA and has asthma...several years ago we also made alot of scary trips to the ER...what has really helped her is Pulmicort. She takes two puffs a day and has not had an attack for 2 or 3 years nows. I do feel the (then undiagnosed) PA was a factor in all the attacks, but we reduced the medicine and she experienced a decrease in her lung function...We have greatly benefited from going to the allergy specialist rather than the regular doctor...Joy goes in every 6 monthes and they test her lungs and monitor the medication...if you haven't already done so, I would definatly recommend finding a qualified specialist...

On May 10, 2006

Just wanted to add...there have been some interesting discussions on this board regarding different asthma medications...you can find them by running a search...

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