new here, 2 severe reactions to peanuts, very scared

Posted on: Fri, 06/09/2000 - 12:46pm
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I'll try to make a long story short. Our 14 month old daughter was begging for a bite of my husbands toast that had pb on it. Due to 3 prior severe reactions to fish, I told him no. He gave her a bite of the crust, which had no pb on it. Within minutes, she broke out in horrible hives. When this happened she still had some hives left from the fish. Her allergy medicine (Rynatan) wasn't helping much, so they switched her to Atarax. Last week my husband ate a pb cookie and later on kissed her. Again she broke out in hives. 4 nights ago she was playing on the floor, happy as could be, and minutes later the left side of her face and eye were swollen. Last night at a ball game she was walking around, then I looked at her and she had huge hives on her face and her lips were bright red. We live right across the street from the field, so I ran home with her and by the time I got in the house she was wheezing and the hives looked awful. I gave her the Rynatan and Albuterol. The only thing we have for reactions is her allergy med, and she *hates* the Atarax. The Rynatan usually helps from it getting worse, but it doesn't do much to get rid of them or the itching (she's made her back bleed from itching so much). Her ped thinks she too young for any testing. I'm scared to death now. Our oldest daughter had an anaphyalatic reaction to bees, and I don't really care to go down that road again. The peanut and fish allergy are new to us, and we are kinda lost as to where to start. If anyone could help us out with info, links or advice, I'd be very grateful. Thanks.

Posted on: Fri, 06/09/2000 - 1:13pm
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My 2 1/2 year old son had an anaphlactic reaction to peanuts at 14 months. I asked my regular pediatritian to recommend an allergist at a Children's Hospital, which luckily is only about 45 minutes away from us. At 15 months (it took us that long to get an appointment) we took him to see the allergist at Children's Hospital, and he had a skin test for peanuts, eggs, fish, shellfish, etc. They rate skin test reactions from 0-4, and he was 4+ with peanuts and eggs. Although I was disappointed with the results, it was a real relief to us to HAVE the results of the test. That way you KNOW what to avoid for sure. Now, a year later, because we didn't give him any, he outgrew the egg allergy.
I think the sooner you are informed, the better it is for your child.
Good Luck.
Amy

Posted on: Fri, 06/09/2000 - 2:25pm
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Please get rid of the pb in your house and bring your child to an allergy asthma specialist! If it was my child and another reaction occurred before I got an Epi, I would give her Benedryl and call 911. My doc said to give 2 tsp Benedryl (for 3 yr old) on top of prescription allergy med. When I questioned the amount, she said you can not have too much anti-histimes in your system during a reaction. If your doc does not want to do anything further, I would find a new one! I have found it very scary the way some docs downplay this allergy! Find one that doesn't.
Please read posts on cross contamination that can occur if there is pb being eaten in your house. Throw it out! It is like a loaded gun.
I don't mean to scare you, but since you are new to this, the severity can be difficult to believe. Just keep educating yourself. You are heading in the right direction.

Posted on: Fri, 06/09/2000 - 10:22pm
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Does your child who is allergic to bee stings have an EpiPen Jr.? I would immediately request to see a allergy specialist and insist on an epipen jr. for your peanut/seafood allergic child. It sounds as though her reactions are anapylactic (more than one body system is involved). Your story is similar to so many of ours. I went 18 months without an epipen because my pediatrician didn't think we should bother with testing. After yet another reaction, I insisted on a referral and the allergist had a completely different opinion. Please keep coming to this board. This is where you will find most of your information. Keep us updated. By the way, my son used to react from playing on carpets but we found out he was allergic to dust mites too.

Posted on: Sat, 06/10/2000 - 1:52am
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Hi. I am glad you found us. Was your daughter's reaction to fish or shell fish? Education is the key to dealing with PA and I would encourage you to spend lots of time reading as many posts at this site as you can. You will learn much information that will help you and your family to deal with this. Please do not go into denial about it because it is real. On the other hand, I have never let it control my life. I am 47 and lead a completely normal life. I am careful to avoid peanuts, peanut butter, peanut oil, etc. Please see a doctor to see if you should have an epi pen. We are here for you and if you have questions, you want to vent or whatever there there are many of us that check this site several times a day and we are all here to help eachother. Andy

Posted on: Mon, 06/12/2000 - 6:52am
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My pa daughter was diagnosed with her allergy after having been tested. Our ped ordered a RAST blood test. She felt that it was more accurate considering how young our daugther is. We felt the blood test was a less invasive test.

Posted on: Fri, 06/16/2000 - 6:42am
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Hi Amy
My son is 16 months and tested 4+ on Peanuts, walnuts, dairy and eggs. My question is did you have any eggs in your house at all? I'm thinking that if we don't have any of his allergic foods in the house just maybe he will outgrow all of them. What about traces of egg, breads, buns that kind of thing? It sure would be nice to find some answers to help solve this puzzle! Bonnie

Posted on: Fri, 06/16/2000 - 9:29am
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Brimor, it's really good that you found this site. I only found it 2-3 weeks ago and it has been really helpful for me to find the support, caring, concern, etc. of other PA parents. I'd say it sounds like you should have an epipen on-hand too. My son has never been tested for peanuts, but we definitely know. He almost died last year. Each reaction has been worse (he has had 3) with LESS peanut exposure each time. Good place to be.

Posted on: Fri, 06/16/2000 - 12:16pm
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Wow, thank you all so much for replying. I'll try and address as many questions and comments as I can remember.
Our oldest daughter who is anaphylatic to bees does have an Epi, but our youngest with the peanut & fish allergy does not. So far these are the only foods to which she has had a severe reaction to. She did have Fruit Loops yesterday which gave her a few hives, but nothing like the others.
She started to show allergy problems the day we moved into our new house (she was 11 1/2 months then). She's been on Benadryl, Rynatan and Atarax. She's been into the ped twice for reactions to fish within the past month. They say she's too young for skin testing and she doesn't believe that the RAST test is accurate. Allison has her 15 month checkup next Fri and I'm going to insist something be done. I'm sure when she hears about the reactions to pb she'll agree.
We are learning to read all labels, clear the house of pb and watch everything she eats.
Again, thanks for all your wonderful support and I'm sure I'll be hanging around here a lot!!
Liz

Posted on: Fri, 06/16/2000 - 2:30pm
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Liz --
Just remember when you see the pediatrician next week that he/she is EMPLOYED BY YOU!!! I have made the mistake in the past of dismissing my own intuition because of what a pediatrician told me and my intuition was true. We have since changed pediatricians and I now feel that our pa daughter is in good hands. As I stated earlier, our ped wrote a prescription for a RAST blood test after Ashley's last reaction. Before the last reaction, Ashley had had peanut butter and vomited twice. I advised her former ped of these incidents and she said that maybe the texture of the pb was too thick for Ashley and that is why she vomited. I suspected she had a peanut allergy, but let the doctor's words convince me she did not. Many people on this web site have allergists. If your ped is still reluctant to prescribe an allergy test, maybe you should look into getting an allergist. Stay safe!!!
Michelle

Posted on: Fri, 06/16/2000 - 5:09pm
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Brimor, were they "name brand" Froot Loops your daughter had? In Canada ours are made by Kellogg's and do not have a peanut warning on them. Kellogg's has been very clear with their labelling here. I know that store brand ones Jesse cannot have and also I believe Quaker I'm not sure of, but Kellogg's should be okay, unless it's different where you live. Check the label, and if you feel the reaction was because of the Froot Loops and there is no indication on the label re peanuts, then call the company that made them. I know I had to call General Mills re MultiGrain Cheerios when both of my children seemed to have a slight reaction to them (they have a "may contain almonds" warning on them). When I spoke with Cheerios it was very clear that they were run in a totally "peanut free" facility so I've just never given them to either child again - it may be tree nuts too. Neither child has been tested for allergies yet. I believe I posted above that with my son we simply know, from experience, that he is PA. He also does have environmental allergies, i.e., dust mites, grass, pollen, etc. We control that with a children's antihistamine. If you are sure about the Froot Loops and the box was not labelled properly, I would contact the manufacturer. If this is the case, I would also post the information on a separate thread re food manufacturers or safe food to alert others.
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Posted on: Fri, 06/16/2000 - 10:09pm
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Hi,
It does sound as if she is allergic to fish and peanut. She needs the EpiPen Jr. I went through doc's not wanting to test then having the skin testing on my son- He showed positive to peanut and some other foods- but I didn't get EpiPen until quite a while- (and yes he had a scarry reaction while on vaction) after his second skin testing in which he had huge welts at several places on his body-( He could have had a reaction to the skin testing) Finally his allergist(who didn't like CAP RAST testing -which is a blood test ordered that for peanut- it came back with >100- and I finally got the EpiPen.
By the way I'll never let him be skin tested again because it exposes him to the allergen and some poeple have gone into a life-theatening reaction from the skin testing.
Be firm and demand an EpiPen Jr. as this medicince buys you 15 min of time to slow a life-threatening reaction and allows time for help to arrive- 911 etc
Have testing done on lots of things when CAP RAST is done even though most poeple don't have all the allergies my son does it is best to know everything that you may need to avoid for a time-my son has outgrown 7 of his food allergies so far.
Take Care,
JanB

Posted on: Mon, 06/19/2000 - 6:46pm
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Hives from Fruit Loops?
Brimor, when you go to the allergist, you might want to ask them to scratch test for other common food allergies. It will give you an idea of a few other things that your child might be less allergic to such as: wheat, eggs, milk, etc.
Many of our PA kids have multiple food allergies. My son who was diagnosed with multiple food allergies at only 3 months (by scratch tests)now is showing signs of respiritory allergies at 2 and 1/2. Be watchful and aware of other potential allergies. Make detailed notes of the circumstances of each of these allergic reactions and report them to the allergist. You may find that your child is allergic to more than just fish and peanuts.
Regarding the peanut allergy, it sounds all too familiar to us. My son has only had scratch tests for peanut but I have since learned that they can be dangerous for the highly allergic. You may want to ask the allergist to dilute the test or do a RAST instead. Tell the allergist that you think it is a severe PA and he/she will take proper precautions.
Please try to eliminate all peanut from her environment. Continual exposure may make her more sensitive to the allergen.
Good luck. Everything will be OK now that you know what to do.

Posted on: Mon, 06/19/2000 - 6:47pm
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Hives from Fruit Loops?
Brimor, when you go to the allergist, you might want to ask them to scratch test for other common food allergies. It will give you an idea of a few other things that your child might be less allergic to such as: wheat, eggs, milk, etc.
Many of our PA kids have multiple food allergies, like yours. My son who was diagnosed with multiple food allergies at only 3 months (by scratch tests)now is showing signs of respiritory allergies at 2 and 1/2. Be watchful and aware of other potential allergies. Make detailed notes of the circumstances of each of these allergic reactions and report them to the allergist. You may find that your child is allergic to more than just fish and peanuts.
Regarding the peanut allergy, it sounds all too familiar to us. My son has only had scratch tests for peanut but I have since learned that they can be dangerous for the highly allergic. You may want to ask the allergist to dilute the test or do a RAST instead. Tell the allergist that you think it is a severe PA and he/she will take proper precautions.
It sounds like you got the message to eliminate all peanut from her environment. This is good because continual exposure may make her more sensitive to the allergen.
Good luck. Everything will be OK now that you know what to do.

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