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Posted on: Mon, 01/05/2004 - 10:06am
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Its pretty much official. I've developed a peanut allergy.

For 38+ years, I never had a problem with peanuts. Well, except on a couple of occasions some time ago when I ate nothing but peanuts for dinner, and got violently ill in both cases.

About three weeks ago I cooked some chicken with some peanut oil, and my lips immediately started feeling funny even while I was eating it. By the next day the soft tissue around my right eye was badly swollen, and so were my lips, and they were both secreting some sticky substance. My girlfriend ate the exact same meal, and didn't have any reaction, so I pretty much ruled out food poisoning. For some reason "peanut allergy" popped into my mind.

It took about five days for the swelling to go away, but my lips were a mess. Very chapped. I looked like those people you see in the movies who get lost on top of some snowy mountain for several days. I went through two entire sticks of medicated lip balm in about a week or so.

I've been sorta avoiding peanuts ever since, but keep a little bag of assorted nuts on my desk at work, and eat some other nuts at home as well. No problems.

Yesterday my girlfriend made some black bean soup, and being Brazilian I couldn't resist having some of it with the obligatory white rice. Later in the evening I also had some cashew nuts in order to compliment the South American cuisine motif.

This morning when I got up, the badly swollen lips were back. I though it was the cashew nuts, but later in the afternoon when I told my girlfriend about it, she mentioned that she had used some peanut oil for the black bean soup.

I did what any computer geek would do, and searched the web for any information regarding peanut allergy. Low and behold, mine were very characteristic symptoms.

So its pretty much official. It seams like I've developed a peanut allergy. Do I get a club membership card and secret decoder ring? And what do we call ourselves? Peanutters? Peanutties? Los Peanuteros? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img]

Cheers.

Posted on: Mon, 01/05/2004 - 10:40am
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Joao,
Welcome! Youre at the right place! You will receive your decoder ring and card in the mail in about a week!
Yeah, it def. sounds like you are allergic. There is a lot of great info here about food that is safe, etc. A lot of us have kids that are allergic but there are adults too, so don't let us moms scare you away. Dont hesitate to ask any questions you have. Everyone here is very helpful. I cant tell you the amount of answers and support Ive gotten. Hope to see you posting often!
BTW, Im from NY too, (not NYC) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 01/05/2004 - 12:47pm
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Joao,
Welcome aboard. So sorry to hear about your reactions and happy to see that you are doing better.
As you can see, you can do lots of reading in regards to the peanut allergy here. Lots of great people from all over the world.
Have you spoken to your doctor in regards to the allergy. Most everyone who has an peanut allergy here adult and children alike carry epi-pens in case of emergency.
once again, welcome and feel free to jump into any discussion or to ask questions.
Renee

Posted on: Mon, 01/05/2004 - 1:04pm
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Welcome Jo

Posted on: Mon, 01/05/2004 - 11:15pm
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Hi all again.
momma2boys - Does my decoder ring include the little LED laser thing? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Renee111064 - Thanks, but I'm not exactly doing better yet. Come to think of it, I'm worse now than when I first wrote my note yesterday. I look like I have pink-eye on both eyes at the moment, and my lips look almost like some bad cartoon character. I haven't gone to the doctor yet since I just learned about this yesterday, but I left him a message to call me back this morning. Too bad this didn't happen back in late October. I couldn't find a good costume for halloween, but my face right now would have been enough.
Jana R - Fala Português? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] - Hopefully I won't need to deal with carrying an Epi-pen. So far my reaction has only been skin deep, and after quite a bit of peanut oil. Hopefully but just avoiding peanuts I should be okay. I'll see what the doctor says.
Cheers and thanks all for the suggestions.

Posted on: Tue, 01/06/2004 - 2:04am
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Hi there
No portuguese here, but we could do some weird Spanish/Portuguese thing, which I have done before!
Welcome to the club - there is an Adults with Peanut Allergy thread that you may find interesting. You might want to try taking some benadryl - it is usually very helpful in treating a reaction.
It is tough when an allergy shows up later on - mine was shellfish. You will get what we call a "comfort zone" - what risks you are willing to take and what things you strictly avoid. In the meantime, maybe you should throw out that bottle of peanut oil? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img]
take care and good luck
deb

Posted on: Tue, 01/06/2004 - 4:17am
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I'm really sorry to hear you're not over this reaction yet! My intention is not to alarm but if your doctor doesn't recommend an Epi-pen, please get another opinion from a certified allergist. You might be exposing yourself to unknown peanut sources (lotions, baked goods or other foods cross contaminated with peanuts and even those dishes of nuts) that might be making your recovery difficult. My teenager had a reaction a couple months ago - it never got to the point where it affected his breathing but the swelling and rash indicated two "systems" were compromised - had breathing difficulties started, it might have overtaken him very quickly. Have you ever had any asthma issues? I'm so glad you are not ignoring your symptoms and getting all the answers you need to make informed decisions!
Take care,
Jana
PS: OT - I [b]wish[/b] I knew Portuguese - my husband's great grandfather was named John - a British subject and an engineer in the Royal Navy - he served as an engineer/translator in Brazil and Portugal in the last half of the nineteenth century - I have old documents (that I can't read!) where he signed his name Jo

Posted on: Tue, 01/06/2004 - 4:46am
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Hey again Jana.
Thanks for the note.
I'm trying to get an appointment with Dr. Sampson at Mt. Sinai. I've been reading a lot of good things about him, and the hospital is within walking distance from my home (my girlfriend used to work there until recently, and she would walk whenever the weather was nice).
As far as how to pronounce João - Joe-wow would be a decent approximation. A closer but trickier way of saying is "Zjoo-aumm". Its a very hard word to pronounce if you're not a native Portuguese speaker.
Cheers.

Posted on: Tue, 01/06/2004 - 6:25am
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Welcome Joao! I am PA/ tna and also live in NYC. I see Dr. Sampson regularly and I think he is absolutely WONDERFUL!!!!!!! It will take you a while to get an appointment (maybe 6 months) but it's definitely worth the wait.
Allison

Posted on: Tue, 01/06/2004 - 9:23am
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Posted on: Tue, 01/06/2004 - 10:33pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Going Nuts:
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