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Posted on: Wed, 04/14/2004 - 10:58am
Kimari's picture
Joined: 04/14/2004 - 09:00

Hi everyone. I'm new to this board, and to PA. My 2 year old daughter was recently diagnosed with a PA, I'm told she scored a 4 on the RAST test.

I'm learning a lot just be reading the posts, but I do have a question. (hopefully this is not too dumb) How do I know if she will react just from touching or breathing peanuts? Up until now I didn't even know that was possible!

Thanks, and any other comments/advise will be VERY appreciated!


Posted on: Wed, 04/14/2004 - 1:33pm
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Joined: 03/31/2004 - 09:00

Kim, I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter's PA diagnosis. My son was also just diagnosed and it is pretty stressful at first. I'm glad you found this website, it has really helped me and I hope it helps you also.
I was also suprised (and scared) to hear about contact & airborne reactions. I definitely have the same question and will be interested to hear others responses.

Posted on: Wed, 04/14/2004 - 1:40pm
Driving Me Nutty's picture
Joined: 05/01/2003 - 09:00

Reactions can vary from child to child.
My dd has only had hives (cleared up by Benadryl) from contact exposure.
From what I've read, inhaling peanut dust that includes the proteins (not the smell), a reaction might be more systematic. Typically, sneezing, watery eyes, coughing.
Again, reactions vary. And depending on how many other allergens they've been exposed to recently or if their immune system is lower, the reaction could be more severe.
On the boards, we've come to refer to this as 'how full ones' glass is, since that is the analogy a doctor used. And it seems fairly straightfoward. IMHO, I agree with it.
Glad you found the website. Good luck!
~ Mom to Karissa 6/29/01 (PA>100 CAP RAST and TNA level 3) ~

Posted on: Thu, 04/15/2004 - 9:32am
Kimari's picture
Joined: 04/14/2004 - 09:00

Thank you Jennifer and Pamela. This is just so overwhelming, I feel like I have so much to learn!

Posted on: Sun, 04/18/2004 - 11:42am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

Welcome Kimari!
There's really no way to know if your child will react to contact or airborne exposure until it happens (or doesn't!). My son was not airborne or contact sensitive at first (in fact, before he was dx'd. he used to sit next to his brother in the car while his brother ate PB&J - since it had never been a problem before we just continued after), but over time he began reacting to smell and touch.
I guess the best thing to do is to assume she will react, so you are prepared.
I hope you're not too overwhelmed. See you on the boards.

Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 1:01pm
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Joined: 03/23/2007 - 09:00

srry about that! i think i accidently pressed the wrong button!

Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 1:16pm
Adele's picture
Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

If you're eating in restaurants, do you carry a chef card? It is a card that explains peanut allergy. You give it to your waiter or waitress - and it should accompany your meal as it is prepared in the kitchen.
Are you comfortatable eating in restaurants?

Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 1:19pm
MrchingBandNinja's picture
Joined: 03/23/2007 - 09:00

a chef card? i've never heard of that before. yea i'm usually okay with eating in resturants, it mainly depends on where i'm at. I never order desert because i'm really really catious with that. I always ask about peanut oils and things like that if i'm ordering any type of fried items or anything like that.

Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 1:27pm
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Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

This is a copy of my chef card. I printed it out on brightly colored paper and had it laminated.
To the Chef:
WARNING! I am allergic to peanuts. In order to avoid a life-threatening
reaction, I must avoid all foods that might contain peanuts, including:
If any of the above are served in your kitchen, please ensure any utensils
and equipment used to prepared my meal, as well as prep surfaces, are
thoroughly cleaned prior to use. Thanks for your cooperation.
I find it's easier than trying to explain PA to the waiter.
I get less 'eye-rolling'.
Do you carry your epi with you all the time?

Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 1:29pm
MrchingBandNinja's picture
Joined: 03/23/2007 - 09:00

That's a good idea. Yes i carry an epi all the time. Also when i'm at school i carry one and have an extra one in the nurses office.

Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 1:38pm
Adele's picture
Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

You've lived with this allergy most of your life - but are you comfortable or knowledgeable about what is safe in a strange restaurant?
If you're with a group, you won't have any choice on where to eat.
Do you know to stay away from Thai, Chinese, Mexican food, etc? If I have no choice but to eat in a Mexican restaurant, I order a plain cheese quesadilla - after giving the waiter the third degree about the ingredients in the tortilla.
I carry an emergency stash of food, just in case. When in doubt, a baked potato is safe, or a salad - no dressing. I get Annie's Natural salad dressing from allergygrocer.com. It comes in one-serving sizes that I carry in my purse.
What are you going to do for breakfast??

Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 1:41pm
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Joined: 03/23/2007 - 09:00

Yea, i try to stay away from those kind of things if possible. Umm i think we're going to eat breakfast at our hotel maybe i dunno yet.

Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 1:54pm
Adele's picture
Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

I travel alot with my work so I have to eat in restaurants. For breakfast - I feel reasonably safe ordering oatmeal, a fruit plate - or even scrambled eggs if they make them in a clean pan. But I don't eat the bread, sausage, hashbrowns, or anything that has more than one ingredient.
Some of the fast food and pizza places are safe. If you go to the RESTAURANT forum, you'll get more info.
Carry lots of your own food with you, and when in doubt, just eat your own safe stuff.
Show your friends on the trip where you keep your epi and how to use it if needed. If you think you're having a reaction, make sure you tell someone.
[This message has been edited by Adele (edited March 23, 2007).]

Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 2:09pm
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Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

Mrchingbandninja, you might want to check this thread tomorrow. There may be a member or two here that can give you more info on NY specifically.
First trip to NY? Have a great time and stay safe!

Posted on: Sat, 03/24/2007 - 1:25pm
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Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

You know NY is so big and there are so many restaurants I'll bet you can find 100 safe places. Make sure you go through your usual check and speak to the wait staff. Adele's chef card will be a big help too. Print that out and laminate it at Kinko's and you got it.
Have fun.

Posted on: Sat, 03/24/2007 - 1:27pm
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

You'll also find a lot of information about traveling with food allergies at FAAN. Do you know about them? Their site is interesting and has a place for teens. Here's a link.

Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 12:56pm
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Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

Hi Ashley, welcome to PA.com....where everyone knows what living with peanut allergy is like.
I'm guessing that if you're with the school band you'll have to stay with the group and eat where they eat.? Will you be eating in restaurants? Pack your own?

Posted on: Sat, 03/24/2007 - 12:43am
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Posted on: Sat, 03/24/2007 - 1:03am
doofusclo's picture
Joined: 12/03/2006 - 09:00

Hey welcome. You seem to be handling your allergies pretty well. That gives me hope. My daughter has MFA and I hope she can do well with them some day (actually I hope she outgrows most of them). Cindy

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2007 - 10:37am
Mrsdocrse's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

Hi Ashley..
Glad you posted... NYC is a great trip.. I have been there several times. Sounds like your doing a great job handling your allergies.. My son is still little so I hope he will champion his own cause.
New york has a lot of place to eat. they do have quite a few "push" cart type things that have roasted Peanut/ cashews ect.. keep your eye open for them on the street corners..

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