How Many PA with NO Reactions?

Posted on: Thu, 03/01/2001 - 3:08am
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pAnother PA parent actually raised this question and I wanted to post it. How many of us posting here are either PA or have PA children but have not had a reaction?/p
pI'm not included in this one as my son has had 3 reactions./p
pBest wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]/p
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Posted on: Thu, 03/01/2001 - 5:18am
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Stephen's only reactions have been to allergy tests at 4 months.
Jami (who at the moment is finding it hard to believe it's been almost three months since then)

Posted on: Thu, 03/01/2001 - 6:44am
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Jami, I didn't mean to be back in this thread so quickly, but I did want to ask what type of allergy tests your son had that caused a reaction?
The reason I'm asking is that I didn't know, until I posted a question about allergy testing in October that a skin prick test could cause a reaction. Thankfully, someone who responded to my question was able to tell me this and I was able to make sure that my PA son was NOT tested for PA when he had his allergy testing done.
I just feel this is really important for people to know who are going to have their children tested so that they ensure the doctor's office is equipped should their child have a reaction.
When we did go to the allergist, the serum was done in such a way that the drop of peanut allergy serum still had to be placed on Jesse's back. I made sure that the nurse did not prick his skin. He still had a reaction on his skin, thereby confirming for the allergist that he was PA, but at least he didn't have a reaction reaction. Also, when the nurse told me that he would still have to have the serum placed on his skin, I made sure to ask if they had an Epi-pen and Benadryl on-hand just in case.
If it hadn't been for someone telling me that here, I wouldn't have known and Jesse's skin would probably have been pricked. Then, I don't know if a reaction would have occurred or not.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 03/01/2001 - 7:27am
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Hi, I'm new to this site, and glad I found it.
Kevin had his first and only PA reaction two weeks before his first birthday. He had red, itchy eyes after his first peanut butter cookie. (I was not planning on giving him any peanut butter until he was older, oh well!) He was in daycare at the time and we were very lucky that Kevin's caregiver was familiar with food allergies. We knew absolutely nothing about food allergies. His pediatrician refered him to an allergist who confirmed the PA with a skin test.
When Kevin turned four, he had never had a reaction. DH and I thought he must have outgrown his PA, we didn't think we could be diligent enough given everywhere that peanuts seem to be found. A skin test showed very little reaction, then a blood test came back at 0. His allergist scheduled a food challenge at the children's hospital. The food challenge was a disaster, after the first bite of the food with the hidden peanut butter, his eyes gat red and itchy, he was crying and then threw up. They had started an IV just in case before the challenge started and they had to use it to give him bendryl, as well as epinephrine. It really scared DH and I.
Kevin is now five, and has still had no reaction, but his last skin test was positive. I won't put Kevin through another food challenge until he's much older.
Sorry this is so wordy, I couldn't decide what to edit out!

Posted on: Thu, 03/01/2001 - 9:56am
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Stephen had a skin test done, we had no idea that he was PA at the time. Main reason for the testing was for milk and soy, both of which he is allergic to but tested negative for. Had I had any clue he was allergic to peanuts, I would not have allowed the skin testing.
Jami

Posted on: Thu, 03/01/2001 - 12:08pm
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Adam's brother has never had a reaction, no exposures, one positive skin test and one negative.
He was originally skin tested (at age 2) because he was having some major reactions to bug bites. We included the skin test for peanuts because of his brother's allergy.
He has an appointment with the allergist in May to be tested again. It has been recognized that he may have had a false positive in the past. Hopefully this next appointment will help to make things more clear whether he is truly PA or not, but until then, he is considered PA.

Posted on: Thu, 03/01/2001 - 2:18pm
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Kevin's Mom, welcome! I hope that you find the information, support, encouragement, caring and concern on this site that I have.
I believe it is a truly wonderful place to be (this is when you look at my UserName and see how many posts I've made! LOL! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] ).
Jami, thank-you so much for coming back in and telling us what type of allergy test your son had a reaction to. I feel so badly that this happened to your son and to you, but if there is any consolation, and I think this may be it, by posting that information here, as you have done, so freely, you are saving a lot of other parents and children from the same experience. I am not negating what your child went through, but through your experience and your gracious posting of it here, you are helping to prevent someone else's child from experiencing the same thing.
That's why I was fortunate that someone came into my allergy testing question thread and posted about the potential for a reaction.
And, as I posted above, even with just the serum on his back, but no skin prick, Jesse still reacted, but only on his skin. I am SO thankful I knew, but only from someone here telling me, not to have his skin pricked.
Please let that be your consolation. Here's hoping that's his first and last reaction!
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Fri, 03/02/2001 - 4:31am
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Ben's never reacted. He's had peanutbutter and a peanutbutter granola bar in his mouth, but spit it out, and ate granola bars made with peanut flour all with no reaction. His skin test was 4+ for peanuts.

Posted on: Sat, 03/03/2001 - 6:45am
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I have never had a serious reaction. In kindergarten, the class was playing with pb (even though I told my teacher I was allergic), and my face swelled. I didn't need to use the Epi-Pen, but I did take some Prelone. Since then I have not had a reaction. I've eaten chocolate Easter eggs that were in the same bag as eggs w/peanuts in them - in fact I accidently put one w/peanuts in my mouth but spit it out - I've eaten M&M's with warnings on them, I never used to read the ingrediants of things, and I have drank part of a shake that had peanut butter on the side. All without reaction. Though I have scored 4+ on all of my skin tests for peanut.
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Posted on: Mon, 03/12/2001 - 3:07pm
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I wanted to ask Bensmom what a 4+ skin test reaction really means. That is the same as my daughters.

Posted on: Tue, 03/13/2001 - 12:13am
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DIANES, I guess I really have no idea what a 4+ skin test means. I thought a high score meant that a person was very sensitive, not necessarily that they would have a bad reaction, but that they would react to very small amounts of peanut. Apparently that is not the case with Ben.
I think it is supposed to mean high sensitivity, but for Ben it could be a false positive, it could be some kind of cross-reaction (like with grass), or he could have maybe had an itchy mouth or something from the granola bars, but just never said anything. I doubt that because he's pretty quick to complain about any kind of discomfort, and he has complained about an itchy mouth other times (after eating a banana for example.) So, really, I don't know. What is your child's reaction history?

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