I\'m new and have a PA reaction question

Posted on: Tue, 12/18/2007 - 1:24am
Kristine25's picture
Joined: 12/18/2007 - 08:10

Hi everyone. I have a DD who is 3 years old. She was diagnoised shortly after her 1st birthday. She had a reaction after giving her a PB&J sandwhich. She only had one bite and then spit it out. Her reaction was some hives on her stomach and some swelling in her face. In the past 2 years we have had no other reactions. I keep her away from all peanut products and anything labled "may contain traces" but continue to give her products that are labled "processed at the same plant".

Last week we were on a Disney Cruise. The 5th day of the cruise (last thursday) I noticed some spots on her face. It quickly turned to a huge amount of hives covering all of her body (legs, buttocks, face, stomach, arms, etc etc). I took her to ship hospital and they gave her some benedryl. They went mostly away. However, by the next day they came back, got much worse and came with coughing and wheezing (she also has asthma, which has been bad enough for 2 overnight hospital stays in the last year). We took her back the ship doc. They inititally thought she had roseola even though she had no fever or any other signs. They gave her a nubulizer with steroids in it. They said since the steroids took the hives away, then it was a food allergy issue. So, since friday morning the hives have come and gone several times a day. She has had regular benedryl, a few nebulizer treatments and a 3 days dose of prelone (a oral steroid). Yesterday was her last day of the hives breakout. Haven't seen any today. Can a peanut reaction last this long? Or was it a virus??? I didn't see her injest any peanuts. She did one bit of a elcair and was later told that it contained no peanuts but after further review, they said they did get the dough from an ouside facility. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Posted on: Tue, 12/18/2007 - 2:15am
bhcassidyjj's picture
Joined: 06/01/2007 - 09:00

With food allergies there is something called a biphasic reaction. Hours after a first reaction (which may be very minor) there is a secondary reaction which is usually more severe. I believe I remember reading somewhere that these normally affect respiratory function. I've never heard of a reaction coming and going that many times, but this is the only explanation I can think of for what you experienced. Its probably best to discuss it with your family doctor to make sure.

Posted on: Fri, 12/21/2007 - 4:29am
TJuliebeth's picture
Joined: 03/30/2005 - 09:00

I honestly don't know if she was experiencing a reaction or not, but I wouldn't rule it out...I have read of several experiences on this site where reactions have lasted for many days...
I agree with the previous post...follow up with her doctor...if you haven't already, you may want to ask to be referred to an allergist and get her a RAST test...this is a blood test that can tell how severe her allergy is...(of course all PA is severe since it's so unpredictable...but the RAST gives you a general idea.)
You said she had an eclair...many accidental exposures involve sweets and chocolate because they are commonly processed in facilities that process peanuts...you may want to check out Vermont Nut Free Chocolate...there's a link on the home page of this site...it is safe for PA and it is also REALLY good chocolate...


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