Is it common for PA/TNA to develop during adulthood?

Posted on: Sun, 04/08/2001 - 4:05am
JenniferMN's picture
Joined: 11/01/2000 - 09:00

pI was just wondering if it is unusual for food allergies to start in the teens or early 20's./p
pI knew I was allergic to almonds in high school, but I never reacted to anything else. But, now I am 26, and 9 months ago I was diagnosed with PA and allergies to other tree nuts and celery (strange one!)/p
pDid anyone else here develop their allergies during adulthood?/p

Posted on: Sun, 04/08/2001 - 1:16pm
macer's picture
Joined: 01/07/2001 - 09:00

I was also always allergic to almonds and was diagnosed with peanut, almond, filbert, celery, orange, strawberry(always had this one) and about 40 other foods some which I am able to eat, thank God. I became allergic right after giving birth to my son six years ago. He has since tested positive for PA. I do have very bad enviromental allergies and have had these since early childhood. Tried shots two years ago and went into anaphalaxis from supposedly the tree serom, it was not standardized. I never really ate any peanuts or peanut butter on purpose growing up, I did not like it but I was around nuts all the time, my dad eats them like crazy( not much anymore). Anyway I was 24 when my son was born.

Posted on: Wed, 04/11/2001 - 7:43am
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Joined: 03/28/2001 - 09:00

Developed both at age 21 (peanut allergy far more severe). My father developed mild tna in adulthood as well. Cousin on the other side just developed pa at age 18. Grrr... gotta love genetics.

Posted on: Wed, 04/11/2001 - 12:01pm
JenniferMN's picture
Joined: 11/01/2000 - 09:00

Isn't it hard to have all the allergies start in adulthood? I found it difficult to give up all sorts of treats that I had been able to eat my whole life...until now.

Posted on: Sat, 04/14/2001 - 1:10pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Hi JenniferNM,
I just wanted to say that being allergic to celery is not at all strange. I have read a few articles (one in Good Housekeeping) that say that celery allergies can be quite serious. They mentioned that a person with such an allergy should not engage in physical exercise (such as running, jogging, etc.) directly after consuming celery. I'll see if I can find that article online.
Oh yes, and just last year my mother had a severe reaction to eating Brazil nuts (from a nut mix). She's always eaten tree nuts and this allergy came right out of the blue.
My son is allergic to peanuts, and I remember once during my pregnancy I ate peanut butter on a matza cracker (yuck). My lips immediately became swollen. I touched my eyes with my fingers and one completely swelled shut. I looked absolutely frightful. I remember I kept circling the emergency room in my car, but was too embarassed to go in there and lisp through my grotesque lips, "hey, man, my eye just swelled shut." Now that I think about that incident, what in the world was I doing driving around the city with my eyes swollen nearly shut?? Anyway, I've eaten peanut butter since then and nothing happened. I do think, though, that I must be at least a tiny bit allergic to peanuts myself.
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Posted on: Fri, 06/29/2001 - 4:40pm
Cindia's picture
Joined: 06/05/2001 - 09:00

My 24 year old sister whose only allergy growing up was to Sulfa drugs, just this past year developed an allergy to walnuts and pecans. It makes me a bit nervous-I always wondered if I was food allergic. I often get red flat or raised itchy bumps on my face (mainly cheeks) after eating yogurt, cheetos, cheddar cheese crackers, soy sauce, and a few other odd foods.

Posted on: Mon, 07/23/2001 - 9:36pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

A tennis pro I know said her sister, at age 35, developed a peanut and nut allergy. She went to the mall one day and ordered a vanilla nut coffee and wham! She ended up in the emergency room. I found out about this after she accidentally let my PA son blow on the head pro's whistle after a tennis clinic. I felt sorry for her because she clearly understood how dangerous this was for my son and was very apologetic. She simply forgot, but I told her mistakes happen and we're prepared for them. I'm now planning on making up cards with my son's picture as a visual aid to remind them of his allergy. People can and do forget.

Posted on: Mon, 07/23/2001 - 10:54pm
Nick's picture
Joined: 11/01/2000 - 09:00

Well, I developed MY nut / sesame allergy last year at the age of 43 ! What's more, I *love* nuts : bummer, eh?!
Nick (PA sufferer)

Posted on: Sat, 07/28/2001 - 11:29am
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Joined: 07/28/2001 - 09:00

I'm 34 years old and think that I have developed a mild PA. (are there different degrees of allergic reactions?) Last summer, while I was pregnant with my 2nd daughter, my lips would swell periodically. I couldn't quite decide what was causing the swelling. I have eaten peanut butter and nuts all of my life. A few months ago I ate a mushroom off of my husbands Mushroom/Jack Fajitas at Chili's - bam within 5 minutes my upper lip looked as if he had punched me. I suspect it had been cooked in peanut oil. I had the same reaction to something fried at another restaurant just last week. Bottom line is I need to be tested. I was wondering if swollen lips are a common reaction to PAs? Also, my 2nd daughter is now 6 months old should I be concerned that she may have a PA since I seemed to have developed this while pregnant with her? Thanks!

Posted on: Thu, 08/23/2001 - 3:36pm
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Joined: 08/24/2001 - 09:00

I just developed age 51. Only other food allergies are to mangoes. My reaction involves itchy feeling in palms and hands which goes away within 1/2 hour....still, I'm afraid now to eat peanuts as I understand my reactions could increase in severity.

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