Intro - 16 mo. daughter with PA

Posted on: Sun, 02/05/2006 - 1:25pm
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Just confirmed our suspicions on Friday that DD has a peanut allergy along with an egg alergy. Her first reaction was about a year ago when she was only 14 mo. old. We waited to have her tested. Just before testing, I gave her egg and she had a reaction to that too.

Peanuts: Red, puffy, blood shot eyes, red skin all over the head especially around the eyes. Some hives on her head and her hands.

Eggs: bloodshot eyes, red skin.

She had blood tests and the results are in. I don't quite understand them. If you someone could point me to an explaination, it would be greatly appreciated. The doctor said they were a 2+, and that 3-5+ are serious. He prescribed an epipen that will be ready on Monday. We'll test again in a year.

So now what? Should I be worried? We've lived peanut free for the past free. Can I have peanuts? Should she be tested for other allergies?

I've been doing some reading. Is it right that almost 50% of little kids will grow out of PA? What about egg allergies?

Kendra does fine with cakes and stuff. I didn't think she would be allergic to eggs because of this. Why isn't she allergic to eggs in cake, but only fried/scrambled eggs?

Thanks in advance for any answers.

Posted on: Mon, 02/06/2006 - 12:06am
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I can help a little with the egg allergy.
If your child can eat well cooked eggs , she is more than likely allergic to raw or partially cooked egg.
The heat of cooking the egg in a cake changes the protein structure of the egg, and doesnt cause a problem.
There is more chance of your child growing out of egg allergy , than there is the peanut. As far as I am aware bearing in mind I am from the UK, only 20% of children grow out of peanut allergy.
By far the majority of children (under 7)grow out of egg and milk allergies.
If you have been avoiding peanut, egg is a step that will be easier to avoid as you go along. In fact take one allergy at a time.
Peanut and egg allergies do seem to go hand in hand, its common to be allergic to both.( the next to bear in mind are tree nuts)
my son is allergic to many things ( dont have the time to list, fingers aching) he is growing out of his egg allergy, and will be having a raw egg allergy challenge next month.
William grew out of his whole egg allergy at about 7, only then was he able to eat well cooked egg.
Your child is ahead of the game here, so thats good news!!
best of luck, keep asking questions and welcome to the board.
sarah

Posted on: Mon, 02/06/2006 - 12:13am
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[b]blood shot eyes[/b]
This is what happens to dd with peanuts, after her peers have eaten them and then are in her face talking. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]
*I* have seen this *first hand* last year while having lunch with her!!
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Posted on: Mon, 02/06/2006 - 1:23am
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Yes, I've heard that some people can eat eggs in baked goods, but not straight scrambled eggs and such. It's differenet for different people. Although I don't know if a young child is more likely to outgrow an egg allergy if you keep her entirely away from all eggs for a few years; that seems to be the theory. Most children don't outgrow peanut allergy. The ones who do usually had only one fairly mild reaction at a young age and were kept strictly away from peanuts after that, and who have few other allergies and allergic-type problems (asthma, eczema). You'll have to decide whether you're comfortable having peanut products in your house. Some people do and are just very careful about it: using disposable plates and utensils, washing up carefully afterwards. But many people who are allergic to peanuts react to traces, and peanut butter is sticky stuff, so lots of people eliminate peanuts from their homes so their child can be sure to be safe there. Our allergist didn't test my DD for other foods since there was no reaction history to suggest she was allergic to other things. But we were told to keep her away from all nuts. I'd recommend The Parent's Guide to Food Allergies by Marianne S. Barber. It's a great guide. It really gave me a handle on what we're dealing with. Good luck!

Posted on: Mon, 02/06/2006 - 12:06am
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I can help a little with the egg allergy.
If your child can eat well cooked eggs , she is more than likely allergic to raw or partially cooked egg.
The heat of cooking the egg in a cake changes the protein structure of the egg, and doesnt cause a problem.
There is more chance of your child growing out of egg allergy , than there is the peanut. As far as I am aware bearing in mind I am from the UK, only 20% of children grow out of peanut allergy.
By far the majority of children (under 7)grow out of egg and milk allergies.
If you have been avoiding peanut, egg is a step that will be easier to avoid as you go along. In fact take one allergy at a time.
Peanut and egg allergies do seem to go hand in hand, its common to be allergic to both.( the next to bear in mind are tree nuts)
my son is allergic to many things ( dont have the time to list, fingers aching) he is growing out of his egg allergy, and will be having a raw egg allergy challenge next month.
William grew out of his whole egg allergy at about 7, only then was he able to eat well cooked egg.
Your child is ahead of the game here, so thats good news!!
best of luck, keep asking questions and welcome to the board.
sarah

Posted on: Mon, 02/06/2006 - 12:13am
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[b]blood shot eyes[/b]
This is what happens to dd with peanuts, after her peers have eaten them and then are in her face talking. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]
*I* have seen this *first hand* last year while having lunch with her!!
------------------
Love this site
Synthia

Posted on: Mon, 02/06/2006 - 1:23am
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Yes, I've heard that some people can eat eggs in baked goods, but not straight scrambled eggs and such. It's differenet for different people. Although I don't know if a young child is more likely to outgrow an egg allergy if you keep her entirely away from all eggs for a few years; that seems to be the theory. Most children don't outgrow peanut allergy. The ones who do usually had only one fairly mild reaction at a young age and were kept strictly away from peanuts after that, and who have few other allergies and allergic-type problems (asthma, eczema). You'll have to decide whether you're comfortable having peanut products in your house. Some people do and are just very careful about it: using disposable plates and utensils, washing up carefully afterwards. But many people who are allergic to peanuts react to traces, and peanut butter is sticky stuff, so lots of people eliminate peanuts from their homes so their child can be sure to be safe there. Our allergist didn't test my DD for other foods since there was no reaction history to suggest she was allergic to other things. But we were told to keep her away from all nuts. I'd recommend The Parent's Guide to Food Allergies by Marianne S. Barber. It's a great guide. It really gave me a handle on what we're dealing with. Good luck!

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