My daughters allergy has turned from ingestion only to airbourne

Posted on: Mon, 08/25/2003 - 4:05am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My 7 year old daughter was diagnosed when she was 3 years old to having a severe reaction if she ate anything with peanut products, but about six months ago she started reating when we were at the mall walking thru the food court with hives and swelling of her throat, the hives lasted for days. Then a month or so later we were at the park about 20 feet away from a child eating a pbj and she once again she had hives in the same place on her face and severe swelling of her throat. This also lasted for 4 days(the hives) We never came in contact with this child or anything he had, and we were outside. Her doctor told me this was not at all uncommon, that infact there is an alarming number of children that become allergic to airbourne contact after just being allergic to ingesting peanuts and it can be just as severe. We use to be able to have her around other kids eating peanut products but now have to be so careful. We are constantly met with family and others that just think we are over reacting and just dismiss us by saying that is crazy she would have to eat it. Has anyone else experienced this ? I need some moral support.

Posted on: Mon, 08/25/2003 - 4:38am
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Joined: 08/23/2003 - 09:00

So sorry about your daughter. It seems my daughter 3 yrs old also reacts to it in the same way. I don't know if it severe as you daughters but I still am very careful. I am calling her Pediatrician today since we won't be seeing her allergist for another month. She got peanut butter on her hand (someone had smeared it on a shopping cart) and right away she said mommy I am feeling really sick. At the park we are also careful. People are always eating peanuts and just dropping the shells right on the play area. We have left quickly when we see that. Just the other day when I took her for a haircut a little boy was eating PB&J sandwich and walking all over the salon touching everything I was very nervous. I worry because she is so little - it seems the exposure isn't limited anymore to just someone eating it at home or school. People eat everywhere
now a days. She does tell when she is feeling badly or it feels like she is choking. Still! She gets really bad rashes on her arms and face when she has been exposed.

Posted on: Mon, 09/01/2003 - 6:36am
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Joined: 09/01/2003 - 09:00

Hey, I'm Neil. I'm 16 with a life-threatening PA and have had it since I was born. I'm also allergic to it through airborne - this becomes especially difficult at school. While your daughter is in elementary school make 100% sure that her classroom is absolutely peanut free. It is also a good idea to request the janitors clean the desks in her classroom after lunchtime. Once she gets to high school, when the kids no longer eat in their classrooms, it will be up to her to make sure her friends know about her allergy, and also that if someone is eating peanut foods to just walk away immediately, even if that means leaving her friends for 40 minutes. It is sometimes difficult for me, but I've managed up till now (grade 12) to get by without a single reaction.

Posted on: Mon, 09/01/2003 - 2:03pm
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Joined: 04/03/2002 - 09:00

Hi Kylie's mom,
I am sorry that your daughter's allergy is becoming more sensitive. My son has gone from being contact sensitive to airborne sensitive as well. He is 4 years old. Although, he hasn't experienced as severe a reaction as your daughter. It usually affects his eyes first. And he has to be pretty close to someone eating it for that to happen. He has had facial flushing, a couple of hives forming on his face, watery & extremely itchy eyes from inhalation. So far it has only triggered his asthma once. At this point, I find that if he moves away from the source, he is usually fine.
Thankfully with your daughter being older she can really describe what she is feeling. But it most be very scary to experience.
I am surprised to hear your doctor say that it is common. From those who post here, it seems that it is truly a minority who experience this. So much so, that many don't believe it is from inhalation, but that there had to have been skin contact causing such a reaction. I know Gail W. has suggested that when our children experience airborne reactions that it would be helpful to report these reactions to FAAN or have the Dr's report it (?).
And yes, I too find it frustrating when others in our lives don't take it seriously. Makes you wonder if you are losing it. It helps me to keep a record of each reaction, the date it occured and the circumstances surrounding it.
It is good to hear from PA adults here who have successfully managed this allergy and I hope you are comforted by this as I am.
I trust your daughter is equipped with her meds at all times and prepared to handle a reaction. Out of curiousity, how has her doctor suggested treating these reactions?

Posted on: Fri, 10/17/2003 - 3:24am
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Joined: 10/16/2003 - 09:00

Kylie's mom...My 4 yr old son is PA, diagnosed at 2 yrs. I only discovered 6 months ago that he is allergic to airborne. I had picked up my 6 yr old daughter from school and was waiting in the car to meet a friend. I was going through her backpack while we were waiting and I opened her lunchbox to see what she ate. She had a pbj sandwich for lunch and hadn't finished it. Within seconds of opening the container, my son started coughing began to gag...I immediately realized what was happening, such a distinctive cough. I grabbed him out of his carseat so fast...he projectile vommitted until his stomach was empty, and had hives on his face. Luckily, he was ok after vommitting. The one lesson I learned from this is that I can't have ANY peanut butter in the house!! Thank God his reaction wasn't worse. Looking back at his history, I believe he may have always been airborne allergic without me realizing it. Prior to being diagnosed, wherever we went, he always had a "coughing spell" with projectile vommitting. It was always the family joke remembering which places he "christened" with his vommit! If we had only known...
Lots of luck with your daughter. I'm so sorry you too experienced an airborne reaction. You get comfortable with safe zones and then the unexpected happens. Stay safe!

Posted on: Sun, 10/26/2003 - 11:10pm
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Joined: 10/24/2003 - 09:00

I, too, have had people be very rude about the pa. My son is 4 and labeled inhalation allergic, although we have not had anything quite as frightening as what you have experienced. A "friend" of 3 years who does not get it at all, was insulted that I brought a piece of cake to a birthday party for fear of contamination. She has not spoken to me since--but, no loss. I know that I will meet up with people through our lives like this, and my son needs to be able to stand firm in our beliefs and awareness and not go with what others want him to do. People are prejudiced regarding disabilities. Especially the ones that are not immediately visible. Some people just don't get it--but that is their problem.

Posted on: Sat, 11/08/2003 - 4:59am
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Joined: 11/08/2003 - 09:00

No you aren't crazy. My name is Tracy, a newbie, and I'm 32. I was diagnosed with a very strong PA at 28. It was originally thought to just be from ingesting it but as soon as I stopped eating it anything airborne caused a reaction -- hives and a very itchy throat. No, alot of people don't understand it and I've had an experience on an airline where both an adult and a teenager were completely insulted when i asked them to put away their peanuts (it was their own they brought). We realized it was an airborne reaction when my father opened a bag of Sam's Choice pretzels with peanut oil in them and the odor was so strong my entire body broke out in hives just from across the room.
The best thing I can say is to trust your instincts. I find the hardest part is so many people think it's just a childhood problem and I only found it as an adult. I stay away from movie theaters now, call ahead to restaurants, when I go to friends' houses they're kind enough to make sure all of the peanut stuff is closed and away, I love to travel but to fly is hard because it's all in the air.
You know your child and the situation so the best advice would be to trust your instincts and just stay aware of the environment. I cannot take Epi pens so I use Claritin-D to help fight the allergy and just stay away from the problem.
Good Luck

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