never had peanuts, but allergic?

Posted on: Sat, 10/21/2000 - 6:22am
gretchen's picture
Offline
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
Offline
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
Offline
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
Offline
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
Angela's picture
Offline
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.

More Community Posts

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

create a new community post
Latest Post by KatieMence Tue, 10/22/2019 - 3:23pm
Comments: 0
Latest Post by Italia38 Sat, 10/19/2019 - 10:03am
Comments: 2
Latest Post by sunshinestate Fri, 10/18/2019 - 11:59am
Comments: 3
Latest Post by sunshinestate Fri, 10/18/2019 - 9:41am
Comments: 2
Latest Post by sunshinestate Fri, 10/18/2019 - 9:24am
Comments: 1
Latest Post by Italia38 Tue, 10/08/2019 - 12:19pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by Italia38 Tue, 10/08/2019 - 12:18pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/07/2019 - 7:16pm
Comments: 10
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/07/2019 - 7:13pm
Comments: 13
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/07/2019 - 7:10pm
Comments: 9
Latest Post by mom2two Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:03pm
Comments: 18
Latest Post by desmond Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:00pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by desmond Mon, 09/16/2019 - 12:58pm
Comments: 19
Latest Post by TeddyCan Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:32pm
Comments: 10
Latest Post by DTurner Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:31pm
Comments: 5
Latest Post by B.M.18 Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:30pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by abolitionist146 Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:28pm
Comments: 2

More Articles

When you have a food allergy, you need to check every food label. The safest way to eat when you have a ...

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, one out of five people in the U.S. has an allergy. Because there is a...

A British study looked at the safety and nutrition of Chinese and Indian takeout food across the country. It was found that many of these menu...

The severity of a previous allergic reaction to a food does not predict the severity of future reactions to the same food. An individual whose...

You might have wondered if small amounts of an ingredient can be added to a food product without being declared on the food’s label. The FDA...

More Articles

More Articles

Is it possible to eat your way to a food allergy cure? Scientists think it’s...

There are many reasons why you may want to substitute almond flour for wheat flour in recipes. Of course, if you have a...

Not all oils are created equal. Some oils are high in saturated fats or in trans-fatty acids – not good for general health. Some are partially...

It may never be safe to begin feeding peanut butter to your baby or toddler if you have peanut allergies in your family. If either parent or one...

What is a peanut allergy? It is a reaction that occurs in the body after eating peanuts or peanut...

For those with severe food allergies, flying can be a stressful process. Here are...

Approximately one out of 13 children under age 18 are allergic to at least one food, though many of them will outgrow their allergy by the age of...

Fact 1: Over a third of food allergy reactions happen after the first known oral...

The reason why some people are affected by allergies while others are not begins in their genes. Allergies are passed down from generation to...

Here’s a tip that might someday save your life, or that of a loved one: two to four times a year, review the proper way to use your epinephrine...

Lactose intolerance is the inability to process lactose, a sugar found in milk, caused by the lack of a needed enzyme. Those with lactose...

Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA)

An important part of peanut allergy awareness was enacted on January 1, 2006...

Tomato allergies are very rare. They are a "type 1 allergy," which means a contact allergy. When a person with this type of allergy touches a...

Milk allergies are becoming more common, especially in babies and small children. There is some confusion about what is an allergic reaction and...

Recognizing food allergy in babies or toddlers is not always easy, but there are specific risk factors and signs that parents and other caregivers...