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Posted on: Mon, 04/02/2001 - 5:01pm
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Joined: 03/26/2001 - 09:00

Thanks for the warm welcome - Yes, I am proof that kids can survive this, but challenges present themselves all the time. YOu have to become a label reader of everything -- not just foods. I remember once, in the 80's, (I was in my late 20's) I went to the doctor for (sorry, girls) a yeast infection. The doctor gave me one of those prescriptions that you insert with a tube. When I got home with the prescription, thank heavens I read it!! Guess what they had used for a carrier oil - you got it -- Peanut Oil. I can still imagine the affect on my body THAT would have had. I returned it to the pharmacy immediately and got something new. Just shows, though, that vigilance forever is just going to have to be a way of life for you and your children. My mom still labels anything that might be in the house special, so in case I drop in and they're not home, I won't accidently eat something I shouldn't!! It is tough, though, I won't sugar coat it. But, again, thanks to truth in labelling and information groups like this it's getting easier.

Posted on: Mon, 04/02/2001 - 6:07pm
Nick's picture
Joined: 11/01/2000 - 09:00

I'm 44 (next week!) and developed the allergy about 18 months ago, but was only diagnosed this time last year. I had 3 reactions that I remember - I think I had one in my sleep too - all of which consisted of hives, swwelling, breathing difficulty and passing out cold. Luckily, I came round fairly quickly and antihistamines stabilised me. The first one, well, I was in the street and hit my head when I went down - I was kept in hospital overnight with concussion! Doh! Label reading rules the day !
Nick (PA sufferer)

Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2001 - 8:29am
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Joined: 04/01/2001 - 09:00


Posted on: Fri, 04/06/2001 - 1:59am
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Joined: 03/19/2001 - 09:00

Hi! My son Dan is now 4.5 yrs old. He was 23 months old when he had his first reaction. At the time we didn't connect it to peanuts...it was Halloween and we were giving out Reese' Peanut Butter Cups (can you imagine?!) Either my husband or I had eaten one and apparently touched Dan, all of the sudden he got hives,eyes watered,etc. We gave him Benadryl and that immediately stopped the reaction. Coincidentally,my husband had just come in from raking leaves, and I assumed the reaction was from something environmental (because-luckily-we didn't give him any candy at that age.) I did not give the boys (Dan has triplet brothers) peanut products until 2.5 yrs age. At 2.5 he had his first PBJ, within 5 to 10 minutes of starting lunch he developed hives, watery eyes and began coughing/wheezing (he also has asthma). I gave him Benadryl, but also called 911 (I had read about this allergy previously and I realized that he was REALLY SICK and was afraid I could not get him to the hospital in time). I learned later that he had an anaphylactic reaction. Now we have an EPI-Pen,etc. We (cross your fingers) have not had any accidental exposures since then.

Posted on: Fri, 04/06/2001 - 11:15am
Aliciamot's picture
Joined: 01/14/2001 - 09:00

I am 41 and have been allergic to peanuts my whole life. When I was young my family and I thought that I just didn't like peanut. I became an expert at smelling things first! I had my first anaphylactic episode at 19 and have had one about every 5 years or so. Just take it from experience and stay away from Asian food and chocolate! My children are allergic to milk and eggs (and supposedly to peanuts but have never been exposed) and believe me, these allergies are MUCH harder to live with. They are nine years old and experienced their first witness of epi-pen use when I had an anaphylactic reaction about a year ago. I was very calm and it was a good learning experience for them as they watched me inject myself, take Benadryl, and announce that we were off to the hospital. My kids (& husband) were with me the whole time. I was glad it was me and not them. Now they know what an anaphylactic reaction is really like. Anyway, I have had approximately five anaphylactic reactions when I have wound up in the emerg. room for an hour or two and they have ALWAYS been the result of eating Asian food or chocolate!! So now I think I've learned my lesson.

Posted on: Sun, 04/08/2001 - 7:05am
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Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

Hello, my sons reaction to peanut areonly 3 one at 14 months when he just touched peanut butter,his reation was mild because he was on piriton twice daily as prescribed by his doctor to calm his eczema and help him sleep as he only slept for 2 separate hours a night and 20mins a day. His egg reaction was worse and for a while i worried more about that ,then when he was told by his allergist to stop taking his prirton as it was dangerous,l knew we were in trouble. William is now 5 and had his second exposure to peanut dust on his skin and he was a total bubble wrap boy,but l knew this was a mild but unplesant reaction. 2 weeks ago he had his 3rd exposure at school (he has only started this term)somehow he took a peanut bar from a lunch box that looked just like his. The teacher evan unwrapped it for him and handed it back, and out into the playground he went. He felt ill and told his older brother who walked him to the first aid room (hes 7yrs) They still had not realised why he was throwing up all over them aaaaaah and called me to pick him up. Back in the hospital with a bag full of steriods , l felt thatif the head of school stood near me l would strangle her with my bear hands, do you know l am not a violent person. and yes l hate the very word peanut.!

Posted on: Tue, 04/10/2001 - 8:52am
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Anonymous (not verified)

My daughter was diagnosed at 18 months following her first anaphylactic reaction. Her next reaction didn't occur until age 3 and was also anaphylactic (my first time w/ the epi-pen!). She had another around age 4. The next one was in Kindergarten, also anaphylactic. In 3rd grade she experienced her first inhalation reaction, resulting in her first ambulance ride to the hospital. She is now 10.
[This message has been edited by KWest (edited April 11, 2001).]

Posted on: Sun, 09/15/2002 - 12:06pm
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Jesse is now 6-3/4 and has had four reactions, two of which were anaphylactic and two which weren't.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 09/15/2002 - 12:58pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Cameron is 4 and 1/2 and has had 2 reactions...The 1st one when he was 18 mos old and was anaphylatic, He ate a boiled pnut and w/in mins. was having trouble breathing, which I knew nothing of food allergies, so I thought he was having an asthma attack and started giving him a breathing treatment, w/in a few mins. I went to straighten his mask and his whole face was swollen beyond recognition, so I yell for my husband and the few seconds it took him to get to me his eyes were almost shut, so I gave him benedryl, still being an idiot we were trying to figure out what in the world he was reacting to, thinking it could have been the albuterol (I cringe thinking back on this thinking I could have killed him), so we watch him and the benedryl does start helping, I take him to the pedi. the next day (yes, I'm was an idiot, the next day!) and he told me it was the pnut and that had I not given him the albuterol he might have died (I almost fainted, I knew nothing of food allergies) anyway, please don't blast me for my stupidity, I grew up with parents that were old enough to be my grandparents, and we NEVER went to the Dr. and have always struggled at taking my kids to the Dr. besides checkups thinking I'm being a hypocondriate! Or atleast that use to be the case.....His second reaction was when he was 2 1/2 and took a bite of a butterfinger, when I saw him I snatched it from him, and wiped his mouth out w/ a washcloth, then brushed his teeth, I saw him the second it went to his mouth, he never swallowed any of it, I gave him benedryl and w/in approx 20 mins he began to vomit and continued for the next 4 1/2 hrs, the ER (YES I TOOK HIM THIS TIME), just watched him for an hr and sent him home, he vomitted several times after we got home, I was not thrilled w/this ER and hope I'm somewhere else if he ever has another reaction, another flaw to living in a small back woods town!
I have always felt so guilty for not taking him on his first reaction and to be quite honest embarrassed to admit how bad it was and for me to have not called 911 is the stupidest thing I've ever done. And wonder every time I get angry w/my in laws how can I be so angry w/them for not getting it, if I myself seen my child in that state and didn't call for help and ultimately could have lost him....But I still do get SO angry when people especially my in laws, don't get it.
You all are gonna ban me from this site if I don't quit making 10 page posts!!!!

Posted on: Sun, 09/15/2002 - 1:14pm
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Joined: 06/27/2002 - 09:00

Hi! I am 31 and have had about 10 or so reactions-mostly from accidental exposure. I was about 3 when I had my first from a peanut cookie. Back then, my eye swelled shut. When I was 6 I was diagnosed with asthma, and started getting shots for all kinds of allergies (pollens, shrimp bananas, cat and dog dander, hamsters, fleas, cockroaches, weeds, etc.) I have had 2 anaphylactic reactions, and the rest have been swelling on one or both eyes!



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