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Posted on: Wed, 01/31/2007 - 2:06am
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When we first found out that our child was severely allergic to PA ...i never thought i would find such a wonderful group of postings ....this a amazing....

Posted on: Wed, 01/31/2007 - 2:17am
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Welcome JennB,
Sorry about your Child's allergy. You will find a lot of information here. Most traffic is on the Main Discussion Board. You also can do a search for topics and probably find just about anything you may need.
Again, Welcome!
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Stacie - Mother to:
11 yr. PA
8 yr. TNA
3 yr. PA&TNA

Posted on: Wed, 01/31/2007 - 2:20am
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I see from your post that you have two children with PA ...did you find out at the same time or only one and then tested the other kids?

Posted on: Wed, 01/31/2007 - 4:48am
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Welcome JennB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on: Wed, 01/31/2007 - 5:34am
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Hi Jenn,
My oldest son was 15 months when we found out. We had given him some peanut butter and boom--reaction. Dr. at ER thought it was Peanut allergy. Had him tested and yes, it was an allergy. Had second child, girl, and I had her tested at 2 for peanuts, but not for tree nuts, because he tested neg to tree nuts. So, I didn't even think about her being allergic--mind you, this was a while ago and I was new to food allergies. Anyway, when she was 4 I gave her some cashews. I was pregnant with our 3rd child and I knew a place at the mall that sold cashews NOT cooked in peanuts oil, they were cooked in canola. Anyway, I was feeling sick and ate a few cashews and she asked for some. So, I gave her about 3 total. She had anaphylactic, it took about 30 minutes, didn't happen right away, and she was COVERED in hives and swollen. It was horrible. Took her to the nearby after hours clinic, it was right by the mall, and the Dr. there couldn't slow down the reaction---so he called an ambulance and we went to the ER. The gave her Adrenaline shots and she was OK. I didn't have my son with me, so I didn't have his Epipen with us, or I would have used to on her. Anyway, our 3rd child,girl, was born and when she turned 2 1/2 I had her tested for both. She is allergic to both PA&TNA. I would never give my middle daughter peanuts, because it is very likely she could develop a severe allergy, and I never have given tree nuts to my oldest for the same reason.
I grew up on peanut butter and nuts, so this was such a shock. My husband and I don't have any food allergies, and they don't run in the family. The only thing I can come up with is predisposition TO allergies. We found out 3 yrs ago that my husband has a yellow jacket allergy. He is from New Zealand and they don't have the same insects etc...So he does not have any immunities to these. He went into anaphylactic shock and had to call ambulance. By the way, this happened just months after our daughter's reaction, I was still pregnant. It is a wonder I didn't have a complete breakdown that year. Anyway, the kids have a predisposition to anaphylactic allergies due to my husband's sensitivities.
I have epipens for all my kids and husband. Life is definately different for us, but manageable. Please ask any questions you need to.
Good Luck,
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Stacie - Mother to:
11 yr. PA
8 yr. TNA
3 yr. PA&TNA

Posted on: Wed, 01/31/2007 - 6:18am
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Stacie ..Thank you so much for sharing...We had our child tested (skin) in December 2006. Her reaction was off the charts and i was so scared....after reading these postings from kind people like you....i am feeling better about this allergy....we have one older child (no known allergies) and our baby is turning 2 in march ....he has never had peanuts ...but i will get him tested ..we had our PA child's blood test done today...i think it was called RAST....? thanks again

Posted on: Wed, 01/31/2007 - 6:21am
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I am concerned about the results of my child's blood work ...If skin test results were off the charts...i am curious to see what the RAST test reveals...

Posted on: Wed, 01/31/2007 - 6:34am
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Jenn,
The RAST may or may not coincide with the skin prick. Sometimes the numbers vary. I know people that have had a low number, but still have anaphylactic attacks. The RAST is not a test that I persoanlly trust. I have seen his reaction, and the prick test confirms. That is all I need to know. Every subsequent exposure usually makes the allergy worse, so the next exposure could be faster and more dangerous. Not trying to scare you, but just want you to be aware. Read, Read, Read is the main advice I have for you.
If your 2yr is to get tested, I would do the skin test. If they have not had any exposure to the allergen, the RAST will not reflect a proper reading. The skin test will be more accurate in the beginning. Also, make sure you have an allergist that really GETS food allergies, and they don't understand the danger. And, this DOES happen, that is why we drive 3 hours back to our original allergist. Well worth the drive.
Good Luck!
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Stacie - Mother to:
11 yr. PA
8 yr. TNA
3 yr. PA&TNA

Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 4:08am
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Stacie,
I received the blood work results today...and Savannah is level 5 ...not sure what that means....

Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 11:13am
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Hi Jenn,
Welcome to the boards. I have an 8 yr. old dd with PA, a 7 yr. old son with NKA, and a two year old with no known allergies. I no you will hear this alot but it does get more easier to deal with. My dd is a level 6 with RAST over 100 and this has not prevented us from living life with no reactions since the first so it can be done.

Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 12:56pm
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Hi Jenn,
I would suggest you go to Search. Then type in ----RAST level results---- and see all the links that come up. This has a ton of info for you to read and make up your own mind on what you think.
Remember, we all have different comfort levels here with dealing with PA/TNA. I will help all I can. My children are very highly allergic.
Take Care,
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Stacie - Mother to:
11 yr. PA
8 yr. TNA
3 yr. PA&TNA

Posted on: Fri, 02/02/2007 - 11:03pm
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Stacie,
I have read all the RAST related postings...and i think i would feel the same if the test came back at a 1 or a 6 ...the risk is there no matter what..so now my mission will be to discover what my comfort level will be....right now it is not so good

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Hi Jenn,
Feel free to email if you would like. My email is [url="http://stacieking4u@aol.com"]stacieking4u@aol.com[/url]
Take Care,
Stacie
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Stacie - Mother to:
11 yr. PA
8 yr. TNA
3 yr. PA&TNA

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