Like Peanuts?

Posted on: Fri, 05/23/2003 - 12:12pm
Yankee's picture
Joined: 03/08/2000 - 09:00

I guess this post makes more sense for the people who found out they were PA later in life. Did you ever really like peanuts or peanut butter before you realized you were allergic? I ask because I didn't have my first anaphylactic reaction until I was sixteen, but I always hated peanuts. The smell of them always repelled me. I also seem to notice a correlation between peanut allergies and pickiness. Most of the PA people I know are extremely picky eaters, and always were even before they found out that they were allergic. Any similar experiences? Could it be that our bodies were being selective from the get-go, trying to make sure that that allergen was never introduced?

Posted on: Fri, 05/23/2003 - 10:57pm
patsmommy's picture
Joined: 10/31/2001 - 09:00

My son is pa.When I first gave him a pb sandwich he took one bite and spit it out.He had a little red mark by the corner of his mouth.The next time he encountered pb(did not know red mark wa a hive, did not know he was allergic yet) My gf gave him a pb cracker, again one bite and spit it out. After that bite his reaction was to break out in hives from head to toe and start vomiting.Knew he was allergic then! He is 5 1/2 yrs old and very picky eater.Of course he is only 5 1/2! lol. Howvever he wont even try some cookies or cakes (the ones I make so no peanuts, so its not that he is afraid) My dh gets annoyed sometimes , but I say maybe its good for him to be like that.

Posted on: Sat, 05/24/2003 - 12:15am
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

My daughter is allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts, and cranberries and is not at all a picky eater. She eats almost everything that she is allowed to eat.

Posted on: Sat, 05/24/2003 - 12:23am
MeCash's picture
Joined: 04/18/2001 - 09:00

Both my PA kids are extremely picky eaters and always have been. Both of them, however, very much liked peanuts/peanut butter before their dx's. My son's reaction to peanuts was always respiratory (asthma, varying degrees) so we didn't put two and two together until the doctors finally had him allergy tested at 5. So, for five years, I was rushing my 'asthmatic' child to the after hours clinic in distress at LEAST weekly. PN was very much in our diets at that point and he loved them.
My daughter gets hives. First reaction was at 8 or 9 months to Banana Boat. Needless to say, PA didn't cross our minds for her at that time. Next reaction in the hospital, thought it was the meds until the third reaction at home from peanut butter my cousin gave her. She absolutely loved it, but she got hives ALL over her face. That's when I figured it out and had her tested, and low and behold, PA, too.
Now, I've never had any allergy testing myself, but I am also a very picky eater. PN has never effected me negatively, although I don't indulge because of my kids and guilt issues and whatnot (see past vs. present thread).
I do, however, have a MAJOR aversion to celery and fish of any kind. Can't stand the smell, don't even want to be in a room with someone cooking celery. I get nauseous and dizzy. I won't order food with celery at a restaurant and send salads back if they have them in it. I've only met one other person in my life who's had the same problem with celery.
This coming winter, when the allergists office isn't absolutely swamped, I will probably make an appointment for some testing for me, because I'm sick of not being able to eat at so many restaurants without getting sick myself. I find it very annoying that specifically greek and indian foods makes me violently ill. I mean, even if I order a 'grilled cheese' in a greek restaurant, I always get sick. Cross contamination from something, only I don't know what. I do know that curry is on my no-no list, but that doesn't apply to greek food!
Yes.. picky eaters abound here. Only, none of us has any physical aversion to peanuts. Two PA, but we ALL like them.

Posted on: Sat, 05/24/2003 - 4:56am
Nick's picture
Joined: 11/01/2000 - 09:00

Well, until (at 42) I developed this darned allergy, I *lived* on nuts. I still crave them and am soooooooo sorely tempted whenever I see a pile of nuts. I miss them so much , that sometimes I just feel like eating a few to see if this bl**dy allergy has abated or gone away! Fatal mistake, probably [img][/img]

Posted on: Sat, 05/24/2003 - 5:39am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Like Peanuts? No
Love Peanuts? Yes Yes Yes
Peanut butter? Lived on it.
I was always a picky eater. It was when I started getting over being picky and [i]broadened my horizans[/i] that I suddenly started having reactions. I thought food was getting its revenge.
As for your original point/question it seems some people (like Nick & I) love the food they are allergic to, but, just as often people absolutely hate it, even before ever having a reaction.
That's why I won't let people give my five year old pb. They think I should give him a bit at a time, get him used to it. He absolutely hates it and he gags and spits it out, then insists on brushing his teeth to get rid of the taste.
He's also a very picky eater and pb is high in protein, but I think his body is telling him [i]no, I don't want this[/i]. Fortunately DH never really liked pb all that much, and he does not want it in our home, so he's on my side. Find protein in other foods.

Posted on: Sat, 05/24/2003 - 10:48am
maggie0303's picture
Joined: 04/14/2003 - 09:00

Although we have known since my dd was little that she was pa she definitely seemed to have a natural adversion to it. I remember giving my dd her first pb/j sandwich and being so excited about it. She couldnt eat it. I obviously wasnt aware of her allergies at that time. I was so disappointed that she didnt want to try it.
She treats pb, even candy with pb like most kids treat liver and onions and always had even before her diagnosis. This adversion actually help so much with this allergy though. Before I really understood this allergy I remember her handing over her halloween candy, I thought we would just take out all the peanut candies. She told me NO, those snickers bars ruined the good candy!!
I'm grateful for her dislike and her adversion. I'm sure it has saved her!

Posted on: Mon, 05/26/2003 - 9:31pm
Louise UK's picture
Joined: 05/14/2003 - 09:00

Just wanted to pick up on what you said about celery. I HATE celery. Can not stand the smell/sight/taste of it and have never liked it since I was a kid. I have never till now known of any one else who has such a strong hatred for it! Most people I know think it has a really mild flavour and can't understand why I would hate it so much. I have always wondered if I am allergic to it but have never been tested and never eat it so don't really know.
Just though it was interesting to find someone else with a similar view on the evil celery!!
(edited because I just realised I spelt celery wrong all the way through!!)
[This message has been edited by Louise UK (edited May 27, 2003).]

Posted on: Mon, 05/26/2003 - 11:26pm
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

Well I am allergic to anchovies, and I absolutely loved them before. However since they made me sick, I no longer crave them at all. Now it's an aversion.
I don't mind celery but cannot stand the smell of green peppers.. YUCK! I can eat them if they're cooked and in tiny little pieces that are worth the trouble of picking them up. So I don't think I am allergic but I will leave a room if I can smell a green pepper in it!
I remember as a teen, being on a school bus where someone ate a green pepper. It took everything I could to NOT throw up from the smell.

Posted on: Tue, 05/27/2003 - 12:31am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Louise, I'm sorry to admit this, but you made me laugh.
My son used to love a book called "The Celery Stalks at Midnight". After reading your post, I'm going to be thinking about that book for the rest of the week.
Sorry for the interruption.

Posted on: Tue, 05/27/2003 - 3:23am
Kim canada's picture
Joined: 03/25/2002 - 09:00

I developed TNA/PA at 23. I could never understand the fuss over peanuts, pb, or peanutty chocolates-yuck! I probably had PB on toast 3 times in my entire life. I tried Snickers once, and spit it out. The same went for Reeses PB cups. My family was always anti PB because peanuts carry aflatoxin, a cancer causing mold.


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