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Posted on: Thu, 06/10/1999 - 11:32am
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I have a lifelong allergy to peanuts (and I've always assumed all nuts, never tested). I began as a child by vomiting immediately (a safe if messy reaction) but went into ana. shock in college (I'm 50). 4 or 5 episodes since. The curious thing, though, is that I do NOT always react even when I've had a known exposure (discovered afterward of course) and I have had mild reactions years after severe reactions even with fairly heavy exposure. I have never figured out the pattern. We took this very lightly (way too lightly) when I was small. I have often wondered if fear makes it worse.

Posted on: Fri, 06/11/1999 - 4:56am
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Thanks everyone. As a scientist, I find the unpredictablity of these reactions disturbing (as well as creating great emotional turmoil). The one and only time I am convinced that Liam actually consumed peanuts (several bites of a Harverst Crunch Bar-you have to lift the flap to find the ingredients) NOTHING HAPPENED! Yet sharing a straw provoked hives. Stress can exacerbate many immunological conditions but I don't believe it can provoke them. As a child I was always told I was making myself sick (I have asthma)- but I know better now. During an asthamatic attack it is certainly an advantage to remain calm. Maybe the best we can do is try to remain calm while handling all allergic reactions so the child/adult does not feed off our panic.

Posted on: Tue, 06/15/1999 - 11:56am
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A placebo effect is a very powerful thing! I belive it can have the ability to provoke an
immunological response. That is why food testing must be done double-blinded (both the patient and the doctor doesn't know if it's the food or a placebo being administered) I was just reading an article today about allergies and it mentioned a study done where allergic patients were rubbed on the skin with a plant they were told was poison ivy (but it was really a non-poisonous plant) and they developed hives!!
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Posted on: Fri, 07/02/1999 - 8:57am
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to Terri...
My daughter Has had 3 reactions..the first 2, were tight chest, itchy lips, and vomiting. The last one, yesterday, was alot faster, her lips swelled very large, something we have not seen before, and her chest felt like it had a big "cramp", and was very passive. We injected her with the epipen...and almost instant relief, on the way to the hospital. Was by far our worst experience. My daughter is 8.

Posted on: Fri, 07/02/1999 - 9:37am
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Hi Lorri,
Please post more about your daughter's experience yesterday - how did it happen, is she doing ok now, etc.
So sorry you and your child had to deal with this trauma.
Stay Safe, Debbie

Posted on: Fri, 07/02/1999 - 11:43am
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Hi Debbie..
My daughters reaction was from an icecream product that did not have nuts listed on it. They were quite finely ground, but she knew in the first lick. We are Canadians living in Costa Rica. We realize now we can only buy imported american brands of things, as the labeling regulations just aren't there for Costa Rican brands. She is fine now. Was very frightening as she started to react right away. It was the first time we had to use the epipen, as it took about 25 min. to get to the hospital. What an incredibly frightening thing! I was really afraid of how soon to give her the epipen. I'm still shaking and have a knot in my stomach. But she's just great!

Posted on: Sat, 07/03/1999 - 4:17am
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Lorri,
I really admire your courage in living abroad with your childs allergy. My husband and I keep thinking that we will never be able to travel to other countries with Matt for fear of bad labeling, improper medical facilties, etc. I am still a nervous wreck about the allergy sometimes.
Stay Safe, Debbie

Posted on: Tue, 07/06/1999 - 10:31am
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Hi! I am a 32 year old mother of two sons who are BOTH PA. My oldest son is 12 and the youngest is 4. My 12yo had his first reaction when he was about 7 months old. A neighbor insisted he have some ice cream. The ice cream had small pieces of some kind of nut in it. He began to swell, scratch, and soon after that, he vomited. After he vomited, he seemed to get much better, although he was absolutely exhausted. We thought the reaction was to ice cream. Our doctor never even suggested the nuts as a possible allergen. He is allergic to a lot of things--animal saliva and dander, dust, eggs, dairy products. He is (thank goodness) growing out of the dairy allergy. We do watch him carefully because he also has asthma. He is twelve and at that age he does not appreciate hovering parents, but this child has had to be hospitalized due to the nature of his asthma/allergies. Can't help but be paranoid. My youngest has an even WORSE allergy to peanuts. He has had two trips by ambulance to two different local hospitals where the er doctors transfered him to a children's hospital (again by ambulance) about 70 miles away. They were afraid to continue treating him because they had given him the maximum amount of epi and benadryl that they said they could give. Any thoughts on why the original hospitals could or would not treat him? The 4yo will begin school (a half day kdg) this fall and I am terrified. I have already had a meeting w/all staff and administrators who will interact w/him. The school nurse has been WONDERFUL in helping everyone recognize the seriousness of this allergy. We are trying to prevent a reaction, but I am really afraid of what the next one may be like.

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