Help anaphylasis from smelling peanuts

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I have been allergic to nuts for awhile. In last few months I now have become allergic to the smell of peanuts. I believe I am going into the beginning of anaphylatic shock. I get this rushing feeling in my body and then feel very weak and shaky. I have had this before from eating them and then it goes into feeling like I am going to pass out and I have loose stools. My problem is that I am a home health physical therapist and I go into people's homes. Everyone's got peanuts and peanut butter. I have to ask everyone to put everything away. So, far it has worked but for how long. I need help. I need more education about how to deal with this problem. Please any suggestions? Some of the questions I have is there a mask I can wear? So far benadryl has worked but when do I go to the shot? On all the skin allergy tests I have been negative to nuts. How is that possible with such bad reactions? Thank you everyone.

By surgee on Sep 27, 2010

Thank you very much. That is very helpful. I will buy a few masks and carry them with me. I wish I could wear an invisible respirator like in the Sci Fi movies. That would be the ticket because I would never worry again. I can control what I eat but I can't control what other people put into the air. I had lyme disease before so maybe that made my immune deficient and all the tests are coming out negative. I have had the skin test 4X and always negative. I'm sorry about your allergies. Are you celiac? They have autoimmune response to gluten and casein which would lower your immune system and cause reactions to wheat and dairy. The mushrooms are a mold and when the immune system is down people will often react to mold. It's in 25% of the population. It seems there needs to be a better solution for all of us. Someone wrote me and told me about a university that is doing research on chinese herbal remedy that lowers allergies in all people. They are in the trial stages right now. I will look that up and come right back.

By ses1978 on Sep 27, 2010

Wear a mask to cut down on the allergen exposure. And gloves. The blue mask is designed for this. And my tests always come back negative to just about everything that I have been proven allergic to because I have an immune deficiency. Food allergies are often IgA mitigated and not IgE mitigated. The RAST tests for IgE response. But I have a problem with smelling peanuts to the extent that I get allergic symptoms and then an asthma attack. Mushrooms will tear up my gut. Wheat gives me asthma attacks. Plums can make me pass out. Dairy is a big no-no. Chicken gives me hives although it is now suspected that it was the wheat the whole time since most of that which we eat is breaded. But until and unless peanut shows up as even a moderate sensitivity for you, there is no shot therapy for you. Not to mention that there really is no shot for food allergies. I've been hoping for that for over ten years. I'm getting shots for Timothy grasses which can be cross-reactive with wheat. I have a ton of allergies that are cross-reactive with latex and with birch. You have to do your homework and go from there to get the proper testing and treatment. But yes, the blue mask often found in the painter section at your local stores should be fine.

By ses1978 on Sep 27, 2010

I wouldn't be surprised if later on down the road celiac is found, but for now it is only wheat I have issues with and celiac has not been found. But we avoid it with me to be safe as with any of my allergies. There is a slight chance that if it's cross reactive with my grass allergy that I might be able to try wheat again after I get on maintenance shots but no guarantee.

I sometimes wish I had one of the respirator masks like they use during battle and things too. But until better things come up and people are more considerate, well, you know....

By surgee on Sep 27, 2010

Here it is:

"A recent study conducted at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York suggests that a Chinese botanical drug can help patients manage their food allergies. This new drug may help many allergic patients in the western society and could also assist in curing other conditions such as asthma. Dr. Xiu-Min Li (Credit: Mount Sinai School of Medicine)".

It's on their website. It was under a cure for peanut allergies.

By ses1978 on Sep 27, 2010

I'll be sure to look at it, but I do know that with the severity of some of my allergies, I might do better not to risk it at the present time. Plus, I am a stickler for FDA approval so my insurance will have to pay something!

By zeena2 on Sep 27, 2010

I'll have to check that out. I hadn't heard about that study.

By nmainmom on Sep 28, 2010

I hadn't heard of the study either...but I am very interested in their "findings". Keep posting please.