never had peanuts, but allergic?

Posted on: Sat, 10/21/2000 - 6:22am
gretchen's picture
Joined: 10/21/2000 - 09:00

my son at age 13months had a reation to a soy frozen dessert that had pecans and walnuts in it, we gave him benadryl and he was ok. I was concerned so we took him to a pediatric allergist they skin tested him to just some foods he reacted to peanuts, egg whites (really reacted) and soy for the most. My question is, my son has never had any peanut butter but reacted to a skin test how likely is he to have a bad reation? The doctor thought the reaction was maybe unlisted egg whites since he reacted the most to that and the doctor was most concerned with the egg whites. What do any of you think? Gretchen

Posted on: Sun, 10/22/2000 - 12:36am
MaryF's picture
Joined: 10/08/2000 - 09:00

Hi Gretchen;
The peanut allergy is so deadly that I would safe assuming that because of the skin test, he is allergic to peanuts. You can probably have it checked through a RAST test which is a blood test...perhaps the next time your son has blood drawn for another reason they could run this test. Also, it took me awhile to figure out that peanuts are part of the legume family, not the nut family. So its not too unusual that there is an allergy to peanuts and soy. There are folks who can't have peanuts but can eat all other nuts.
Its good that you have found this web site because the discovery of peanut allergy is very overwhelming.

Posted on: Sun, 10/22/2000 - 11:53am
Angela's picture
Joined: 10/04/1999 - 09:00

Gretchen: My son was tested at age 8 months & he is allergic to peanuts, egg whites & horses. He had never eaten anything with peanuts or like products of that sort so he may have been exposed to this while I was pregnant. My husband has seasonal allergies but no food allergies and no one else in the family with food allergies so I would take the peanut allergy very serious. The first contact my son had with peanut butter was age 2 & it was on his skin from another child. His eyes swelled shut & we didn't know how serious this allergy was. After that he has had 2 accidental ingestions of peanut butter & each one worse than the other(administered epi-pen & taken to e.r.) Now at age 5 we find out he is allergic to cashews so we just keep the peanuts & all nuts away. Glad you found this website, it is pretty helpful and supportive!

Posted on: Sun, 10/22/2000 - 12:23pm
gretchen's picture
Joined: 10/21/2000 - 09:00

Thank-you so very much mary and angela you have been very helpful so has this web site it also helps to know I'm not over reacting. We do have two epi pens to carry with us, the only sad thing is every where we go even all my own family kids eat peanut butter and jelly. Today we were at a birthday party and the cake frosting was made with egg whites, luke wanted cake sooooo bad I had to watch him like a hawk, he did manage to get a very small bit of frosting on his finger that tranfered to his cheek and it left a rash. Soooo very scary..... I'll be in touch Thank-you. Is there a support group in the south king county area of Seattle, Wa?????

Posted on: Mon, 10/23/2000 - 1:33am
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Joined: 10/04/1999 - 09:00

Gretchen: To look for a support group in your area, you will find on the main menu a posting 'Support Groups' and then you choose the state you live in and can post there to find out. Also, we have attended alot of birthday parties where the cake came from Dairy Queen and I am not comfortable with their cake ingredients so I explain to my son why he can't have the cake and I let him know that on the way home from the party we will stop and get a 'special' treat in place of it. This works pretty well, however, it is still a little hard for him not to participate in eating the cake with everyone else but I remind him it is to keep him safe. I have seen others who make and take their own cupcake for their children to eat while others are having the birthday cake.

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