How quickly do your reactions begin?

Posted on: Tue, 10/17/2000 - 12:23am
Tina H.'s picture
Joined: 10/13/1999 - 09:00

When my daughter ate peanut butter, her reaction started immediately, within seconds. I would like to know how quickly yours begin, and how fast they progress.

Posted on: Tue, 10/17/2000 - 12:26am
Heather's picture
Joined: 10/08/2006 - 09:00

I fed my son PB toast for dinner, he touched it with his index finger and just touched it to his tongue several times. He immediately began crying and we thought he was tired so I took him out of the high chair and he ran across the length of the kitchen, when he turned around the reaction was full force. All in all, I'd say 30 seconds, tops.
Forgot to answer how fast it progressed. It really didn't beyond the initial symptoms which were red, swollen face (eyes swollen shut) and hives.
[This message has been edited by Heather (edited October 17, 2000).]

Posted on: Tue, 10/17/2000 - 1:40am
DMB's picture
Joined: 02/22/2001 - 09:00

My son's first reaction to peanut butter (at 12 mos) happened about 20 minutes after ingestion. He had swollen eyes and all over body hives. Benadryl took care of everything in about 15 minutes.
He had a few more minor reactions to touch. He broke out in hives at the point of contact and also around his eyes within minutes. Bendadryl also worked in about 10-15 minutes.
At 18 mos, he had a bite of candy at my MIL's house. My husband drove him from that town to my mom's house during which he fell asleep in the car. The trip took about 10-15 minutes. When my husband brought him inside, my son woke up and immediately started reacting.
He had swollen eyes, lips, tongue, all over body hives, uncontrollable coughing and sneezing, drooling, and he had trouble breathing. We gave him benadryl before we went to the ER. They gave him a shot at the hospital and he was fine within a matter of minutes. Deanna

Posted on: Tue, 10/17/2000 - 2:03am
andy's picture
Joined: 04/26/2001 - 09:00

I feel it on the tip of my tongue the second I eat a peanut. I feel it as it goes down my throat and over the next hour or so I know I will get increasingly ill. Andy

Posted on: Tue, 10/17/2000 - 2:54am
torontosue's picture
Joined: 06/08/2001 - 09:00

When my son reacted this summer, it was just upon smell. It happened immediately. The peanut butter was thrust towards his face and his eyes immediately puffed up to nearly unrecognizable and he started to welt. We gave him his epi and benydryl and nothing further happened and the swelling had started to go away by the time we reached the hospital.

Posted on: Tue, 10/17/2000 - 3:53am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Our son's first ingestion reaction happened from a smear of PB (too small to even swallow) at about 15 mos. Within a span of 2 hours, he coughed until he threw up, then was fine. The second reaction, same exposure, at 18 mos. was immediate vomitting followed by wheezing. We had NO idea what was happening. Thankfully, the reaction stopped on its own. He has had no ingestion reactions since then - thanks be to God!! He has had some contact reactions which started hives in about 20 minutes. Benadryl took care of those reactions almost immediately.

Posted on: Tue, 10/17/2000 - 3:54am
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

My son is 4 1/2 and his last reaction, at 16 months, was his worst. He took one bite of my cereal (I didn't know he was PA) and immediately started clawing at his mouth and screaming. I checked the cereal ingredients, noticed peanuts and thought, hmmm, wonder if he's allergic. He screamed and raged for about 20 minutes. He was not verbal at that age and I thought it was a temper tantrum. Then he laid on the floor and fell asleep. I thought he was worn out from the tantrum. I put him in his crib and went downstairs to read. Twenty minutes later I heard a strange snoring noise, went upstairs to investigate and it was his labored breathing. He was covered in hives head to toe. I couldn't wake him and called 911. I told them peanut allergy. By the time the paramedics AMBLED up to my door (I saw them chatting and walking CASUALLY across my lawn) my son was awake, breathing normally, and acting normal, still covered in hives.
After he was diagnosed I realized he had several earlier reactions to peanuts, most involving crying or screaming and then falling asleep, and once he had had hives.
The emergency room personnel failed to impress me. Mr. Know-It-All resident, who looked like he might be about 17, said no big deal, he'll grow out of it, I used to be allergic to chocolate when I was a kid. I thought, "And you're a doctor? You idiot, do you even read the newspaper, peanut allergy is Serious!" Unbelievable.

Posted on: Tue, 10/17/2000 - 4:19am
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Every one of my sons reactions have happened within seconds. I mean...turn your head and look back and he is reacting.
His last reaction do to ingestion (and most serious) happened within 15 seconds. It continued for over 28 minutes and then went away as quickly as it started. Thank God because we did not have an Epi and the nurse at the pediatricians office did not think we should call 911 even though he had hives, extreme coughing, drooling!, rapid heart beat, vomitting, diarhea, and then he became very lethargic.

Posted on: Tue, 10/17/2000 - 10:19am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Tina H., my son's last anaphylactic reaction began as soon as the pb rice krispie square touched his lips. As I've said before in different posts, and I'm not meaning to enanger anyone, IT DID NOT ENTER HIS MOUTH, THERE WAS NO TOOTH MARK ON IT, IT MERELY TOUCHED HIS LIPS. His mouth immediately turned blue and lips were swollen and he went into what I call "full" anaphylactic shock thereafter. So, it was like your daughter's reaction, immediate. Best wishes!

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