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Posted on: Thu, 09/19/2002 - 6:00am
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Joined: 02/07/2002 - 09:00

Jason has only had 1 or 2 reactions due to PA, and those were before he tested positive to peanuts. Neither was anaphylactic... thank god.
Most of his reactions that have gone beyond just eczema have been from sesame, coconut, shellfish, horse, tree nuts and sulfa drugs.
He was never fond of peanuts/peanut butter before his allergy was diagnosed.
Cheryl, mom to Jason (5) and Joey (3)
[This message has been edited by solarflare (edited September 19, 2002).]

Posted on: Thu, 09/19/2002 - 7:36am
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Joined: 03/19/2002 - 09:00

My son is 5 1/2, and he has multiple food allergies. His first reaction was when he was 5 mo old to wedding cake that I was eating and he had stuck his finger in and touched his face. He broke out in hives where the frosting touched. Then, when he was 9 mo. he took a sip from my older son's milk cup (which was empty except for a few drops), and he immediately developed hives, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. We went to the doctor, and he ordered allergy tests and referred us to our allergist. He reacted to peanut butter when I unwrapped a sandwich in the car (dumb thing to do, but at the time, I didn't know any better), and he reacted with "that cough" and trouble breathing. I pulled over, tossed the sandwich, gave Benedryl, and continued on with cell phone in hand, because the hospital was only 10 min down the road. By the time we reached the hospital, he was fine, but this scared me enough to eliminate all peanut and tree nut products from our family. He also reacted to something on a harmonica, during a playgroup, but I'm not sure what. Again, "that cough" and trouble breathing. Between the age of 1 yr and 3 yrs, he would develop mystery hives from contact reactions Very Often! They never led to anything worse, but we were always concerned when they would appear. We stressed for him not to put anything in his mouth or touch his face or eyes when out. We also wiped where he would be sitting or playing, and this seemed to prevent the contact reactions. His last reaction was last April, when he was in a kiddy pool, and he developed hives (from his knees to his feet and some on his arms). We never found out what caused that reaction. We gave Benedryl, but after an hour his throat felt funny and we went to ER. We didn't give the Epi only because he looked just fine (I know that should not be the only determining factor, but I was ready with it if breathing was at all affected.)
Sorry for such a long story, but maybe some of our experiences might help somebody to prevent a reaction,

Posted on: Mon, 09/23/2002 - 1:58am
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Joined: 08/05/2001 - 09:00

I hate this allergy!! Matt had his first reaction when he was 2. I knew right away that he was allergic to the peanut butter sandwich I gave him. Benadryl worked great!! Once at a picnic a relative gave him a cookie with peanuts in it. Again Benadryl worked. At day care everyone knew about his allergy. They were using peanut butter as a craft project and his eyes swelled shut. I told them to give him benadryl again. It didn't work and we ended up in er for 3 hours. Now my comfort zone is gone. He has had about 5 exposures and his almost 4. I will never hesitate again to call 911 and use the epi-pen.

Posted on: Mon, 09/23/2002 - 4:31am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Duncan just turned four and has had one known anaphylactic reaction to peanut, and potentially one other although we are not sure. When I first gave him a taste of pb at 18 months he got a rash around his mouth that lasted for about 30 minutes. No other reaction, so we avoided pb after that. Then at 2 we put him on an elimination diet to assess other food allergies and their impact on his asthma. He was given a bite of almond butter and ended up in the ER with an anaphylactic reaction. My MIL was caring for him and still feels horrible for not thinking about cross-contamination, but we were all brand new to the food allergy thing and she reacted so quickly in getting him to the hospital...if it had happened with anyone else we might have lost him, his reaction was so severe. On his third birthday he had a horrible asthma attack, which may or may not have been related. He didn't have any other symptoms, so we may never know. Other than that, he gets some odd little rashy "bumps" from contact with things but no other major reactions.

Posted on: Sat, 09/28/2002 - 9:29am
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Joined: 09/21/2002 - 09:00

Once while eating hazelnuts from the shell my throat began to close, and another time almonds made my mouth tingle. Got tested....voila! Allergic.

Posted on: Sun, 09/29/2002 - 1:01pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Found out 2 days ago my 13 month old is egg and peanut allergic. Very glad to find this website and have a ton of reading to do.
Already so many of my questions have been answered by just browsing. Thank you to everyone who has posted helpful info. to get me started in this whole world!
I'm 30, Clark is 1 and we are worried and overwhelmed!!
Trying to let it sink in and take it one day at a time.
Any advice?

Posted on: Sun, 09/29/2002 - 2:41pm
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Joined: 02/26/2002 - 09:00

I'm 43. Always knew I shouldn't eat peanuts because it made my mouth "itch" so bad. If my mom used the same knife for my jelly sandwiches that she had used and just wiped after making my brothers and sister's PB sandwich, I would go crazy because my whole mouth, nose and eyes would itch so bad. So they just didn't give it to me. About 1992, I was getting ready to take a court reporting test about 200 miles from home. I met my sister-in-law who was away at school for dinner and mistakenly ate at a Chinese restaurant she liked. I tried a fried noodle that turned out to have obviously been fried in peanut oil. Although, I spit it out right away and never actually swallowed it, it was enough to make my head balloon up, my eyes swelled shut and everything on my head started itching. I convinced my SIL to just drop me off at the hotel (I know - STUPID!) I figured in the past I just slept it off - but it had never actually been this bad. I was "exhausted" so I took some aspirin and went to bed. The next morning, only half of my head was back to normal. I took my stenograph writing test with only one eye open. (I studied for 8 yrs of night school and my dad had just died - I wasn't going to miss this test). When I got back home, I mentioned it to my DH. Our dd and him were receiving allergy shots so I asked him to "mention" it to the doctor the next time they went in. The doctor was shocked that I didn't take it more serious and asked to see me immediately. He prescribed 2 epipens, gave me a lecture about PA, solved the "mystery" of my eczema - milk allergy connection, and mentioned that my constant "bronchitis" was probably actually asthma that could have been connected.
As an adult, a couple of years ago I began having a lot of pain in my bones and have now traced it to a "what I assumed" was a high sensitivity to preservatives and additives. I bought a great book about chemical additives and have learned that a lot of the additives are actually derived from peanuts!! For example: Alpha tocopherol (Vitamin E) or Calcium stearate - used as an anticaking agent in baking powder, non dairy creamers, salt, and soft drink powders.
I cut out most preservatives and additives and noticed a definite improvement within 2 weeks. (Even my dentist noticed the difference in my gums!)
I can tell when I eat something with an unknown preservative in it and have even had occasions where I will start to tremble. I'm still learning how to eat more naturally, but education is definitely the key to a long life! My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you with young children to watch over. Hope this was not too long.

Posted on: Mon, 09/30/2002 - 5:33am
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Joined: 09/30/2002 - 09:00

I have 2 peanut allergic daughters ages 4 and 6. My 6 yr old has only had 2 reactions. The first time I had no clue what the reason was. She had allergy symptoms with itching and redness and burning and swelling of her eyes. The 2nd time was more serious and definitely related to pb. It happened minutes after she ate it. My younger daughter has had one serious reaction the time she ate it. The others have been due to contamination and touching.

Posted on: Mon, 12/16/2002 - 3:09pm
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Just turned 7 years old, now 5 reactions, 4 of which were anaphylactic (I now realize the first reaction Jesse ever had was anaphylactic, just didn't require an Epi-pen).
I feel sad for my guy. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 12/16/2002 - 11:22pm
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Joined: 10/05/2002 - 09:00

Hi Cindi i noticed you didnot say your age.
Iam 45,Twins at 3 1/2yo. Little v is pa and a list of other allergys.1 reaction at 1 1/2,she was at the ER when we found out,She had a contact rection to her 6 1/2 yo sister kissing her on the eye 2 months ago sfter her sis ate a pbj at school.Her eye swelled up turned beet red,But she is ok.Other then that .1 reaction.1 contact recation.( [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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