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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!


On Apr 14, 2004

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.


On Apr 14, 2004

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! Pamela

------------------ Pamela ~ Mom to Karissa 6/29/01 (PA>100 CAP RAST and TNA level 3) ~

On Apr 15, 2004

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

On Apr 18, 2004

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.