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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
jennk1's picture
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
MrchingBandNinja's picture
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
Adele's picture
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??


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