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Posted on: Fri, 05/13/2005 - 4:28pm
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Hi All!

I'm new here (and new to PA) and wanted to introduce myself. I have twin girls who will be 3 next month. One is allergy-free (so far!) and the other has PA. Annie has had 3 reactions to peanut butter- 1st was a rash, next 2 were hives around her mouth. All 3 were reactions to a very small amount of peanut butter. Pediatrician finally recommended allergy testing last month. She was tested using skin prick, and was positive at a "3+" level. Luckily, she tested negative to everything else (we tested most other nuts and tomatoes, as she has had some skin irritation from ketchup, etc.).

As I'm sure you can all imagine, we are a bit overwhelmed- we didn't realize that PA is as serious as it is... we walked out of the allergist office with a Rx for Epi pens, and we were in a bit of shock. Searching online for info can be a bit overwhelming as well!

I have one question (well, I have LOTS, but I'll start with one)... Annie has had exposure to lots of peanut items without reaction (dog food, "may contain", shared equipment, her own mother sitting next to her eating PB&J!). Do you think we should now try to eliminate these exposures (I'm hoping that MAYBE this could improve her chances of outgrowing the allergy- I know the odds aren't great)... or would you allow her to go on as usual, since she has had no reaction in the past.

Thanks so much- I have already done a lot of reading on the board and gotten some great ideas!!

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