Hi, I'm Kelley and have been lurking here for the past few days.

My daughter, Lilly, 4 recently tested positive for a "high class three" peanut allergy on the Immunocap blood test. She's also been recently diagnosed with asthma (thus the bloodwork to try to determine possible triggers). Her first appointment with an allergist is on June 19. Lilly has a twin brother, Connor and 16-month-old brother, Brendan. Brendan has eczema and is also going to the allergist later this month (Immunocap showed an elevated IgE but he did not test positive for the allergens that that test evaluated).

Lilly has always had an aversion to peanut butter and will question any new/unfamiliar food as to whether it has peanuts or peanut butter. I gave her a bit of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich when she was about 2 1/2 and she refused to eat it, but developed hives on her face. A couple of months ago, she helped me spread jelly on bread (for my PB&J sandwich). Again, she developed hives on the face after licking the jelly off of her finger. She never touched the peanut butter, but I assume the jelly was cross contaminated now.

Her doctor has prescribed and trained us in the use of the Epi-Pen, which I hope we won't ever have to use.

And that's about all there is to tell, I think. I'm here trying to gather what information I can to help Lilly stay safe and healthy. Her doctor suspects that dealing with the peanut allergy may improve her asthma status. I hope so!

On May 31, 2006

Hello and welcome, How fortunate that your DD is ok. So glad you found on with tests, and not and ER visit. And good that your Doc explained the Epi! Looks like you're on the right track. Did you rid your home of peanuts yet? Through away the old jelly jar (x-contam)? Many people enjoy Sunbutter or Peabutter as a substitute. And keep a supply of liquid Benadryl on hand for hives, and mild mystery reactions. Daisy

On May 31, 2006

Hi I'm new and my 6 year old is a Lily too! Hopefully Lilly's asthma will improve and your other two will have no allergies. It's scary stuff this peanut allergy business but from what I've been reading I think we found a great place to get information and support.

On May 31, 2006

Thanks for the welcome Daisy and Milosmom!

Yes, we've gotten rid of our peanut butter (I was the only one who ate it in the house anyway) and the jelly (kids wouldn't touch that either, thankfully!), as well as the few other nut products (walnuts/pecans for baking) I had in the house, just to be on the safe side. The pediatrician said he wouldn't rule out potential issues with tree nuts.

I do feel really lucky that we've never had a major reaction. Especially all that I've been reading about hidden sources of peanuts. The more I read, the more nervous I get.

For the more experienced -- what are common symptoms of a reaction. Hives, I understand, but what else? There are times that she's been inexplicably flushed and really grouchy, and that has me wondering if that is some sort of reaction. Her asthma episodes have generally occurred shortly after she comes down with a cold. A week ago, she developed croup totally out of the blue (we'd been at the doctor's office eight hours earlier and he'd declared her healthy, after a previous pneumonia diagnosis -- her second since the first of the year). It was very severe -- we ended up in the ER via ambulance.

The past three weeks have not been dull around here. My head is swimming trying to get around all of this.

On May 31, 2006

Hello Kelley, Just bumped up the "Anaphylaxis Symptoms and Grading Chart" on the Main Discussion board. Really spells it out. DH laminated a small copy for my purse. I have atypical reactions and some ER Docs appear to be moonlighting. Just backs up my symptoms when they say, "I've never heard of vomiting as a symptom of allergies." UGGGH>???


On Jun 18, 2006

Thanks Daisy, I saw that chart...and I appreciate you resurecting it for me and the other new folks.

Lilly has her appointment with the allergist tomorrow. Brendan goes on Tuesday. I have a list of questions....and just a few raw nerves over it all.