Just Allergic to Peanuts?

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2000 - 6:05am
Shawnee's picture
Joined: 03/01/2000 - 09:00

Last Monday my 21 month old son was diagnosed with PA. He had two reactions prior to being diagnosed, both topical. The allegist said we needed to avoid peanuts and peanut products, gave us a Epipen and sent us on our way. After spending many hours on this site, I am now scared to death. Is it possible that he is just allergic to peanuts, or should he be tested for other things like tree nuts and legumes? Also the allegist said peanut oil was different than peanuts and that it was okay. Your site leads me to believe differently. We later saw our regular pediatrician and she kind of lead me to believe I was over-reacting because his reaction was not very severe. (Although we did end up in the ER.) I don't want to mess this up and right now I feel like I'm falling apart. Help????


Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2000 - 6:26am
canada's picture
Joined: 02/19/2000 - 09:00

pHello, and wlecome to the "club". First off you are not alone, there are many living with PA. You're scared 'cause you are new to this. It will come. In the mean time, read read read, call, call, call. Like everything else it too shall come and this time next year you will be a pro. Trust yourself, you too can 'do this'./p

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2000 - 10:10am
DebO's picture
Joined: 03/15/1999 - 09:00

pMy daughter was thoroughly tested and is only allergic to peanuts. Our allergist even did some sub-dermal testing (where the allergen is injected under the skin - not peanuts, obviously as she had a huge reaction to her skin prick test) and there is no reaction to anything but peanuts - however she has had three reactions to peanuts so far. Her reactions have been to ingestion and touch and her allergy is anaphylactic. I remember, however, when she was only one and she fed peanuts to squirrels with no reaction by touch. So.....yes, she is ONLY allergic to peanuts and yes, you can never be too careful because her allergy has definitely progressed and become more serious. Having said that, after 18 months of dealing with this allergy my house is peanut free, her kindergarden and daycare are educated and life has become much easier to deal with./p
pDon't worry - it does get better!/p
p[This message has been edited by DebO (edited March 06, 2000).]/p

Posted on: Wed, 05/31/2000 - 5:20am
jrizos's picture
Joined: 05/30/2000 - 09:00

pThis is all knew to me to but I am learning, my doctors have not tried to scare me but they do ask at each visit if I carry the epi around and he has not had an anaphylactic shock. That shows me I need to be prepared if my doctor is asking this but I am not scared. My son looks great I have a lot to learn. I have checked with FAN and read through the news letters. Peanut oil is usually safe. It is unsafe if it is Homoginized, like a solid like crisco, We do not use this product in the states often.The difference is peanut oil does not contain protein because of the process to make it. It takes the protein out. The homoginized does contain protein./p

Posted on: Wed, 05/31/2000 - 5:49am
dit's picture
Joined: 03/19/2000 - 09:00

pI like my pediatrician but find they are too laid back about this as compared to our PED allergist. I have an HMO and have to get a referral for the allergiest, so far they's been cooperative. Like it would stop me if they said "NO"! My son also hase MULTIPLEbr /
environmental allergies. During the recentbr /
extreme mold, pollen, counts in the North East (USA) his right eye was swollen shut for 3 days, we had to use his asthma nebs...his peditrician said "it's ONLY allergies"?? Of course he gave me Patinol eye drops and Zyrtec Syrup after I asked him how he would like to have Alex's "just allergy" symptoms!br /

Posted on: Thu, 06/15/2000 - 3:59am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

pMy son's one and only reaction was to peanut butter flavored ice cream./p
pHe had a skin prick test done several months later that came out positive./p
pA year later we had a RAST done (blood test) and tested for peanuts, tree nuts and for some reason latex. He tested positive for peanuts, cashews, and almonds and tested negative for walnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts. Of course, we avoid all nuts and nut products, regardless of what they are. You may want to ask your son's allergist or pediatrican to have a RAST test done. I think that many people who are allergic to peanuts are allergic to tree nuts and not allergic to legumes. But that's just my view./p
pThere are many, many posts on the RAST test on this web site./p

Posted on: Thu, 06/15/2000 - 4:29am
TheDaddy's picture
Joined: 06/13/2000 - 09:00

pMy daughters are very allergic to peanut oil. We can't eat in any restaurants that cook with it. By the time they find out what kind of oil they use, my oldest daughter is having breathing problems and must go outside./p
pWe have to avoid any and all peanut products./p

Posted on: Thu, 06/15/2000 - 4:57am
latymom's picture
Joined: 05/21/2000 - 09:00

pIt's very scary, I know. But it does become just a way of life. You learn what to do through places and people like these and from your allergist. I worry about Dr.'s that make it sound like slight reactions (hives) are ok and nothing to worry about. The more exposure to the allergin the worse the allergy gets. Be prepared, have a plan in place and you'll become more confident as time goes by./p

Posted on: Thu, 06/15/2000 - 11:05am
Kathryn's picture
Joined: 02/17/1999 - 09:00

pHi, here is the link to the peanut oil study that is so widely quoted. I have posted it before but perhaps some newer participants have not seen it. [url="http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/314/7087/1084"]http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/314/7087/1084[/url] /p
pAs far as I know there has not yet been any other studies done. I have an "alert" posted in the fee for service medical databases that I search professionally and so should be alerted automatically if results of a similar study are published. For those of you who don't know me, I am a librarian and I have access to a wide variety of free and fee-based medical databases. I try to post whatever links I find here so that you all can see them too. Take care./p

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