How Many Have Had Airborne PA Reactions?


Okay, help prove lizzytish's allergist wrong. Given that everyone that has experienced an airborne reaction may not be able to post that they have at this time, for whatever reason, please please if you can, post if you or your child has had an airborne reaction and if you know the source, please post that as well.

I know they happen. We have just been extremely fortunate in that Jesse has not had an airborne reaction yet (touch wood).

I am tired of hearing from doctors, FAAN and Anaphylaxis Canada that airborne reactions are rare. Or, are members of the PA community who are members here actually rare and that's what the problem is?

When I reported Jesse's reactions to Anaphylaxis Canada, they certainly thanked me, but were unable to use the information statistically (or scientifically) or otherwise because it was the Mother reporting the reaction. However, in Ontario, a doctor or emergency room is not required to report an allergic reaction to anything. So how do they get accurate stats (something that has bothered me for a long time).

Please help prove lizzytish's allergist wrong by posting your experiences in this thread.

Many thanks and best wishes! [img][/img]


On Jan 16, 2004

I absolutely had an airborne reaction, but not to peanut, so I dont know if this applies, but to a banana. At the very least it proves to me that you can have an airborne reaction. And if you can have one to a banana, you could have one to peanuts, or anything else for that matter.

Cindy, I agree with you about the keeping of statistics. How many people have to tell their allergist about an airborne reaction before it is accepted? I honestly think a lot of it is just ego on part of the dr. Heaven forbid we claim to know more about our child or ourselves than they do.

Have there been any studies on airborne reactions?

OK, I just checked my handy Pediatric journal supplement (sorry to keep bringing it up, but a GREAT source of info) and here is what it says about airborne reactions:

"In children, as well as adults, nonoccupational exposures to airborne food particles can also elicit respiratory reactions, usually during the cooking or manipulation of the food. Allergic reactions associated with airborne fish particles have been reported in patients with fish allergy. This report highlighted children who reported allergic reactions on incidental inhalation of fish odors or fumes. Of the 21 patients evaluated, 9 had wheezing or rhinitis alone and 3 had respiratory and cutaneous symptoms together. Methods of exposure included boiling or frying fish and simple exposure to fish. Sicherer et al reported a series of peanut-allergic patients who experience adverse respiratory reactions when they are exposed to peanut dust on airline flights that serve peanut snacks. Another report focused on 3 patients who developed asthma and rhinitis provoked by exposure to raw but not cooked green beans and chards in a nonoccupational environment. The investigators observed very minor differences of IgE reactivity between nitrocellulose-blotted raw and boiled green bean extracts."

Now this was in a journal for pediatricians to help them in diagnosing and treating patients with f.a.

Lizzytish, I would get one of these and show it to your allergist.

On Jan 16, 2004

My son had an airborne reaction last halloween.

His calculus teacher handed out Reese's candies to the class before DS.

The class left and DS came in. Within 5 minutes his airway began to close. He tried his puffer and the teacher saw him and told him that there had been PB candies in the room the period before.

DS left the classroom, used his epi pen, tood a Benadryl and called me. I could hear the swollen airways in his voice.

We spent the afternoon in the ER for observation, it never progressed but they did send him home on Benadryl and steroids.


On Jan 16, 2004

Yes. My dd 3 1/2 has had several airborne reactions. Most were at the Allergists office when office staff we eating mixed nuts - then at the Market when their was peanut butter on a cart - then at relatives home when there was bowls of nuts still in shells and a handful of shelled nuts on the table - several other places can't think of now. Her reactions ranged from hives,to red and itchy eyes, rash on skin, tightness in throat and in general uncomfortable. Are Allergist didn't believe until it kept happening and I kept talking to him about it. Now he at least acknowledges it when we discuss it.

On Jan 16, 2004

Me, me me!

Twice, last week.

Schezwan chicken being microwaved (I was in the room). I didn't even know what it was, had all the symptoms, checked the package later and what do ya know? Ground peanuts.

Sitting in a class full of kids-two with pb sandwhiches right behind me, who are opening and closing them and waving the bread around.

Not full blown anaphylaxis...but sinus pain, swollen airway, chest pain, dizziness. Close enough if you ask me.

On Jan 17, 2004

Yes, older dd (7) three times. First time, 3-4 yrs old, at a preschool Christmas party -- a tray of nutty donut holes was put out, and dd complained of a "cloud" getting in her mouth that she couldn't get away from. Wanted to leave, but we insisted she stay and see Santa. Went into a severe, intractable asthma attack on the way home that necessitated a week of oral steroids.

2nd time, pet food store, age 4. Was in a different aisle with Dad, when I saw an open bin of bird food redskin peanuts in mine. Called for Dad not to bring her down my aisle, but she was at the time telling dad that her throat was closing up, that she needed some Benedryl, and that she needed to get out of there. Dad snatched her up and ran out of the store. We start getting a clue.

3rd time, recent -- desert with nut frosting is served to adults at children's party. DD is fine for a few minutes, then starts clearing throat and complains of throat scratchiness. We leave immediately.


On Jan 17, 2004 4 year old PA son had an airborne reaction at a Karate match. A little girl opened some type of peanut candybar 2 rows in front of where we were sitting. Immediately, my husband and I could actually smell the peanuts...but my son never experienced an airborne reaction before. Within about 30 seconds, my son started getting hives all over his face. We hurried right out of there and gave him Benadryl. The hives were gone in about 10 minutes and he didn't get any other symptoms. We told his Allergist who told us that it wasn't possible and he must of touched something with peanut residue...that he couldn't of reacted just from smelling that peanut candybar. I believe that he "did" get hives from smelling the peanuts!! It's hard when you see something happen with your own eyes but then the Dr. is telling you that it's impossible!!

------------------ Mommy to: Jake~ 4 yrs. old- PA Sam~ 2 yrs. old- Not PA

On Jan 17, 2004

My son has them and plugs his nose now if were in line at the grocery store(because he sees peanut butter cups).

He reacted quite strongly to the smell of loads of them packaged in a jar one Halloween. Started itching his eyes, nose and feeling unwell, wanted to go retrospect I believe it was the impendening doom thing you hear about. Got him outside and voila, this 4 year old(at the time)said he felt better.

He also started sneezing and itching his eyes in a bakery where the mixed nuts were in containers , sealed. He was around 3 feet from them.

I've seen it with my own eyes his reactions to smell, although he has never complained about peanuts in shells in the grocery sections. I have watched him go buy them and he doesn't react at all. Wierd but true. Something about the real peanut butter stuff with him anyway or nuts out of their shells.

On Jan 17, 2004

Jason has had airborne reactions, but it's always been to cooking odors involving shellfish.

On Jan 17, 2004

I have had many airborn reactions and get very frustrated when people say "oh, that can't possibly happen." Well, too bad they couldn't jump into my body for a while. They'd never again doubt that it can happen!

Two times in specific come to mind: I was a receptionist and we had a phone for public use on the desk about 4 feet away from me. I started getting that tickle in my throat and wondered what was going on until the guy on the phone threw the Reeses wrapper on the counter. I had to leave my desk until the air cleared.

The second instance was when I was training another receptionist and a little while into it I said, "if I didn't know better I'd swear there was something around here I'm allergic to." My eyes were getting puffy and my inner ears itched. I told this person of my general allergies (fish/nuts) and they said "oh no, before I came in I had a tuna fish sandwich and a brownie with nuts for dessert.

I also react to nut coffee when it is brewing and fish chowder. I hive up and my breathing is affected. The nice thing about hives is that they make believer's out of people.

My sincere best wishes for "getting through" to your doctor.


On Jan 18, 2004

My son has had several airborne reactions to peanut - once on a plane when everyone opened their bags of peanuts at once (full body hives, coughing, etc.), and several times just talking to people who had recently consumed peanut products (M&M's, a Reese's Ice Cream Bar, PB&J, etc.).

Lizzytish, tell your M.D. to put that in his pipe and smoke it! (Actually I was thinking something much ruder. [img][/img] )


On Jan 19, 2004

Wade had an anaphylactic reaction to smell in May 2002 at my nephew's wedding. The CFIA investigated and found no peanut/nut contamination of food. (see under Reactions: Nightmare)

He has since reacted to the smell of peanut butter (some 5 feet away outdoors) with a serious asthma attack last summer.

It happens!


On Jan 20, 2004

Helen's anaphylaxis on the Qantas jet in March 2002 was airbrne - to stir-fry with pn cooking in the aircraft ovens. They hadn't served any food when she reacted (nor could I smell pn at that time).

Geoff (Helen's hubby)

On Jan 20, 2004

2 reactions to peanut dust - First one was in a car, 24hrs. after we had been out to eat (without the boys) at the forbidden local steakhouse because they have peanuts everywhere. We picked them up the next evening (after cleaning our coats, clothes, bedsheets, everything I could think of) and after the 5 minute ride home, Drew had hives on his face and wheezing - DUH! Hadn't thought about the contaminated car!! (And the steak wasn't even that good - maybe it was just the guilt of being there)

Second, was at a ballgame - we lasted two or three innings before we were instantly surrounded by peanuts and had a little boy with swollen eyes and wheezing. (We were stupid to stay when we saw the peanuts being sold, but hoped - you can always *hope* right? - that no one around us would have peanuts.)

Also, Drew broke out in hives after walking into a room where his grandparents were cracking pecans.

I don't care what the "experts" say, airborne reactions happen!

[This message has been edited by Drew's mom (edited January 20, 2004).]

On Jan 20, 2004

One airborne reaction to peanut butter. 9 years ago when child was 18 months old in large day care setting. He was not confirmed p/tn allergic at that time but we had been advised to avoid all contact based on egg allergy. They baked a PB Cookie at the day care so the kids "could decorate it with chocolate chips and marshmallows and watch them melt"! He didn't touch but did smell and had trouble breathing, hives, coughing. Day care provider removed him from the environment and called me. When I think back it could have been so much worse and needless to say, this kind of thing doesn't happen around him anymore. We sure have learned alot! When we have been in social situations with peanuts (hockey/football/baseball games, etc.) movie theatres with Reese's PB cups, etc., we always move/leave as soon as we see/smell - not after reaction starts - at that point it could be too late!

On Jan 21, 2004

Yes, my son has had a reaction 3 times. Once smelling the air at a baseball game. The second time he went into a Rogers Video store, and they were selling peanuts sealed in individual bags, but you could still smell them. He went white, coughing, and a feeling of not knowing where her was. Very scarey! The third time was at a hotel and the peanuts were in a dish across the room. His eyes swelled and were itchy.

On Jan 21, 2004

DS reacted while standing close to another child who was eating a peanut butter Oreo cookie. I was a few yards away, but noticed ds breathing strangely, he said it was his asthma. Once I got closer I could see his eyes were watering & his face was very flushed.

He reacted w/ itchy eyes immediately after walking into a room where others were eating nuts.

Also, while waiting in a grocery checkout line he reacted to airborne peanut protein. The checker had been eating a peanut containing candy bar. I could smell it as she began to talk and noticed my son's face was flushed, he immediately began rubbing his eyes saying they were "so itchy!" and a couple of hives started to form on his cheeks. He was unaware of her candy bar.