Posted on: Fri, 04/09/1999 - 8:05pm
Coco's picture
Joined: 03/14/1999 - 09:00

Posted April 8th on Calgary site (Link to this site from home pg.)

"I E-mailed Dr. Hourihane, asking his opinion on the importance of peanut odour and this was his response."

"I am not personally aware of proven anaphylaxis associated with the smell but it is often related by parents that the child has become lethargic and clingy after entering a room with peanuts open in the room. THIS CANNOT BE CALLED ANAPHYLAXIS WITH ANY CONFIDENCE. My feeling is that some people really do degranulate on inhaled exposure but THE REACTIONS ARE MINOR-USUALLY UPPER AIRWAY AND EYES WITH SOME URTICARIA MAYBE.The major problem when exposed like this is with PANIC especially on planes and in other confined spaces."

There are MANY new articles on this site! Well worth a look.

Posted on: Sat, 04/10/1999 - 12:39am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I copied this post from the original board:
Posted by Beverly Davis on October 03, 1998 at 12:47:39:
I thank United Airlines and American Airlines for not serving peanuts. I have had an reaction on a plane (Northwest) due to
inhalation of peanut dust when passengers open their peanut bag. I was given two epi-pens and three breathing treatment on
the plane by a RN who was on the plane as a passenger. I carry epipens and an ultrasonic nebulizer when I travel. An
ambulance was waiting for me at the gate when we landed and rushed me to the hospital. I also have been denied flight by
an airline because of my allergy. I currently travel by air for my job. When I travel, I find out if they are seving peanuts. If
they are, I ask if they will tell me when they start serving beverages and I will wear a mask. Most of the time, the
stewardess will serve pretzel or they will not serve anything with the drinks. I think the no-peanut zone is great especially
for people like me.

Posted on: Sat, 04/10/1999 - 12:52am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

The abstract from the AAAAI annual conference [url=""][/url] click on accepted abstracts and then click on peanut allergy
There is an abstract by
SH Sicherer
TJ Furlong
J DeSimone
HA Sampson
Food Allergy Network,
Fairfax, VA and Mount Sinai School of Medicine,
New York, NY.
The conclusion of the abstract notes that respiratory reactions occurred on airplanes from inhalation when many passengers were consuming Peanuts. To look at the abstract in full check out the site noted above.

Posted on: Sat, 04/10/1999 - 6:43am
Coco's picture
Joined: 03/14/1999 - 09:00

Thanks Mary, I was hoping that this one might catch your eye. I tried the link and did a search of peanut allergy, but could not find the information that you speak of. This is a topic of great interest to me at present. I would appreciate any more help that you could give me in locating this. (I'm afraid I'm not particularly bright when it comes to computers.)
I have E mailed the College this morning to ask about this. There seem to be a lot of theories about this among physicians (which is not surprising). If you are aware of any other sites, please send them along also.

Posted on: Sat, 04/10/1999 - 10:51am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Hi Coco! Try this site and scroll down to e peanut allergy [url=""][/url]

Posted on: Sun, 04/11/1999 - 4:36am
Coco's picture
Joined: 03/14/1999 - 09:00

Mary this is the best site I've seen in a long time. I was able to send mail directly to some of the world's leading authorities on immunology working on sub-committees for food allergies. Thank-you a million times over!

Posted on: Thu, 04/15/1999 - 2:37am
MaryM's picture
Joined: 12/11/2006 - 09:00

I read your postings with great interest. I am allegric to peanuts but have never had a reaction the smell. I am supposed to be going to Eurpoe in the near future and I just learned that the airline serves peanuts (they were not very helpful when I spoke to them). I have travelled to Europe before on flights where peanuts were served and did not have a reaction, although I was extremely uncomfortable. I was wondering if you or anyone else has any thoughts on taking a trans Atlantic flight? My allergist said that it was like playing craps, but that I shouldn't let the allergy rule my life - not helpful at all.
I would appreciate any feedback!
[This message has been edited by MaryM (edited April 15, 1999).]

Posted on: Thu, 04/15/1999 - 10:42am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

MaryM - In reply to your questions about flying on a flight with peanuts being served on your travels to Europe - I would suggest that you go back to the old bullentin board (on this site) and go back to the date of the post from Beverly (October 1998) - If she has a link to her e-mail, you may want to contact her and find out more about her travel experiences.
Stay Safe!

Posted on: Wed, 05/12/1999 - 7:17pm
Lizbet's picture
Joined: 05/13/1999 - 09:00

Well my daughter is allergic even to the smell of peanuts that was established by her pediatrician. The way we found out is by her being exposed to the smell of peanut butter at daycare since that day i do what i can to keep her away from it.

Posted on: Thu, 05/20/1999 - 2:27am
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Joined: 05/20/1999 - 09:00

Odour does cause a reaction for me. I was cleaning up the kitchen while my roomate was at work, and he had used a tablespoon to scoop peanut butter out of a jar, and left it in the sink. I wasn't paying attention, and turned on the tap. The hot water hit the spoon dead on the peanut butter, and the smell was like a hammer-blow. Some of the PB must have atomized, because within 5 minutes, my chest felt like it was in a vice. I had a Ventolin inhaler handy, and it held me over until I got to the hospital. Strangely, anaphylaxis never kicked in, just the breathing distress. Needless to say, I'm alot more careful now...

Posted on: Thu, 05/11/2000 - 9:15am
DavisGal's picture
Joined: 07/12/1999 - 09:00

I was told by my son's allergist that he knows of people who are allergic to eggs who can walk through the kitchen where eggs are cooking and have an immediate reaction. We decided that some of the reactions my son was having (not anaphylatic) was from the peanut butter being served at the preschool. Thank goodness my son is older and I'm more educated!


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