How long can a reaction last? - Different types?

Posted on: Tue, 02/24/2004 - 2:26pm
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My son had a reaction to peanut butter last week. The areas around his mouth turned bright red and he had a rash that looked like little blisters on his chest and hands where he smeared the peanut butter. He had no trouble breathing. I gave him benadryl per the pediatrician. The last couple of days his nose has really been bothering him, although he often has a "stuffy" nose. When he wakes up from his nap he cries and says "nose, nose". Could this be a peanut reaction also? Or another allergy? I am reading everyones posts trying to get a handle on this - there seem to be so many different reactions? What are the "usual" reactions and how long do they last? Thank you.

Posted on: Wed, 02/25/2004 - 12:04am
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Joined: 06/13/2003 - 09:00

Hello and welcome!
There really isn't "usual" reactions. Everyone reacts differently in their own way. For my ds, his reactions have been within seconds-minutes upon contact, and have lasted anywhere from 1/2 hour to later that day hives (no other symptoms) returning. I've heard of some people that react for days. I hope someone else will be able to help you better.
Trevor age 2 -PA
Harmony age 1 -KNA
It's a BOY!!! due June 24, 2004

Posted on: Wed, 02/25/2004 - 2:47am
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Joined: 06/12/2002 - 09:00

My son's latest reaction (last week) lasted 48 hours.

Posted on: Wed, 02/25/2004 - 3:41am
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Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

This is tough to answer but I have one big piece of advice.
Make sure you know that almost anything can be a reaction and think backwards and figure out if there was an exposure or not. Especially with food.
And then make sure your child eventually knows what his usual reaction looks like and how it starts so he can recognize it immediately and get help. (Of course when he is old enough to understand.)
My son reacts almost instantly, the second the peanut enters his mouth his tongue is tingling so he knows it is peanut. He also knows this might not be so obvious and if he feels he is reacting then he is right and will act immediately.

Posted on: Wed, 02/25/2004 - 10:23am
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Joined: 01/17/2004 - 09:00

I don't think that there is usual way to a reaction, I think it just does it's thing. My dd first reaction was anaphylatic and the swelling in her face did not subside till the 4th day completely. She has had other mild reactions such as runny nose, hives, or coughing that have been anywhere from minutes to hours also.
Alicia, mom to:
Edward-20 years-EA,dog, cat,sulfa drugs
Cody-8 years- EA,dog,cat,mosquito
Shaylyn-4 years-PA/TNA,dog,cat,Amoxicillian,Zithromax,Asthma

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