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Posted on: Sat, 02/02/2002 - 12:46pm
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I found out my son was allergic to peanuts 9 months ago. I am still trying to figure all this allergy stuff out. My 19 month old son had more skin tests done Thursday and they have only tested for a few foods but so far has been allergic to everyone. So far they have we have found out he is allergic to peanuts, eggs, milk, chocolate, wheat, soybean, fish, shrimp and oyster. I dont understand. I know my son has had wheat and soybean and I havent noticed any serious reaction (not like the peanut). I know he does develope a rash after eating. It seems like atleast once a day. I dont know what I am going to feed this poor child. I know all of you understand allergy tests. His p.a was a 4+ and all the rest were 2+. I am waiting on the doctors letter that will explain. Can anyone give me any input?
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Posted on: Sat, 10/12/2002 - 11:55pm
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Welcome to the site. I am so sorry that you have developed this allergy. I am the mother of a 10 year old son who has food allergies. I do not have food allergies myself but I am afraid of the possibility of developing them. There are adults at the site who have had the same experience as you. You may want to visit the Adults with PA section.
Have you seen an allergist? You really need to do that and get tested to see what you are reacting to. You should also be carrying an epipen around at all times. Reaction times can vary and they are life saving. Keep reading here but I really recommend that you see an allergist.
By the way, we lived in Austin for a short time a few years ago. It is a great city. My families allergies were pretty much gone while we were there but I guess you get allergic to the things you are constantly around. We live in NC...another high allergy state. Good luck!

Posted on: Sun, 10/13/2002 - 4:16am
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Hi, J! Welcome - sorry to hear about your reaction - have you had any allergy testing done yet? Did you doctor give you an epipen? Make sure you get one (or more) pronto to keep on you at all times! Sorry, I can't help you - my daughter is peanut allergic since she was a toddler but I'm sure if you go on the Adults Living with PA you'll have luck finding some answers. The more I am on these boards, the more I see adults who suddenly become allergic to peanuts or nuts. Personally, since I've found out the info I have, I have NO desire to indulge in peanuts or nuts ever! Well, good luck to you and stay safe. Make sure you get those epipens!
Diane

Posted on: Sun, 10/20/2002 - 11:56am
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Hi. I am an adult (31) who has had PA since I was 3 years old. I had one family member who was allergic to peanuts, but no one else is. I also have one family member who is allergic to ALL nuts but peanuts! I have family on both sides who have some kind of allergy, whether it's a food allergy or environmental allergy, and there are asthmatics in my family too.
I, however, often feel very alone b/c of the peanut allergy. I feel like no one in my family truly understands the fear I have every day-that I never know if I will react to someone accidentally eating it or if I will accidentally eat it. I do read ALL ingredients and will NOT eat anything I am not sure of, even from family.

Posted on: Sun, 10/20/2002 - 12:09pm
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Thanks to all who responded.
My rash went away. I have since eaten nuts and had no reaction. Really, really weird.
John

Posted on: Sat, 10/26/2002 - 2:37pm
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Yep, us adults who start out with ZERO allergies can get them-it seems overnight.
I started with severe pollen allergies...and then one day, I was eating fresh out of the shell hazelnuts at my parent's house. My throat began to swell...I had antihistimines on me, so I took one immediately, and the sensation went away. A few months later I then was eating some candy with almonds on it, and my mouth began to itch.
I went to the allergist, was tested, and lo and behold, I'm allergic to walnuts, hazelnuts, and almonds. I carry an Epi-pen now and am in the process of getting a Medic Alert bracelet.
Even my step daughter, who loves peanuts, ate them with no ill effects until one day at a fair she had some fresh roasted ones and woke up in the hospital.
Adults do develop allergies-I strongly reccommend that you go to an allergist, and get yourself an epi-pen (and stay away from those nuts!) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Good luck!

Posted on: Sat, 10/26/2002 - 8:35pm
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Are you sure it's not a case of hives that is viral related? Viruses sometimes cause a case of hives in people that stays for a few days/weeks (on and off). I had that experience a few months ago and it was definitely a virus that caused it because my daughter had it and then a week later I got it - it was weird but it usually developed if I got too hot/cold and I feel tingly and then the hives would develop all over my body. I took Zyrtec (may be another name in the US) and it seemed to control it but once the drug wore off, the hives returned again. Funnily enough the hives weren't really itchy - they were just tingly...anyway, it went away after a few weeks. I would agree that you should get yourself tested just in case to rule out allergies...

Posted on: Thu, 02/07/2002 - 4:12am
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Unfortunatley, all of us wish there was some kind of universal list of what to avoid. By starting on these boards, though you will get a good idea of what companies are trustworthy. You may also want to contact companies yourself to see if they label correctly. General Mills is excellent and I trust their labeling. You can also do searches on these boards to see what people are saying about certain things. The things to avoid are storebought cookies and treats, chocolate can be risky (I trust Hershey's though). You're in the right place by coming to these boards.

Posted on: Sat, 02/02/2002 - 10:35pm
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Hi,
Welcome to the boards. It is confusing at first learning positive allergy testing to certain things but I'm pretty sure your alergist will give his/her interptation of results and hopefully you will feel better. I did. My son's skin testing of long ago was +9 egg, +9 peanut, +7 white potato, +5 shellfish, +6 chicken, later CAP RAST found even more positives, soy, wheat, treenuts, sesame seeds, and two fruits. Son is 11 now and has outgrown some foods(white potato, chicken) was allergic to and some were likely false positvies ( soy, wheat, oranges)
Wheat was a false positive on test for us because son's environmental allergies to grasses are off the charts and test wasn't "smart" enough to tell the difference so thankfuly he didn't have a 2nd period of time restricting and challenging wheat- doctor went by history of no reaction after eating wheat and having no reaction. However we did go through time of restricting soy before number came down enough to challenge. So it may take some time to sort things out.
What type or reaction did he have to peanuts? We won't let allergist do skin testing anymore as at 6 yr old son had welts on other places on the body and huge long one at peanut site. We went to CAP RAST testing where blood is drawn and then exposed to allergens. This year he will have a RAST test which is just different name for almost the same test.
Take Care,
Jandy

Posted on: Sun, 02/03/2002 - 3:32am
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Hi Jandy,
Thanks for your response. I just don't understand the numbers on these tests. I wanted our allergist to do the RAST test so they could check for more. I don't know why but the allergist here doesn

Posted on: Sun, 02/03/2002 - 6:39am
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Hi again,
Yes, I think +4 is a pretty severe allergy rating.
My son's number's whether skin testing or CAP RAST have "raised eyebrow's" of all the allergists and assistants he's seen. though he's been saved from many reactions because we didn't ever give him the food- he had reactions from food through breast milk and I was put on restricted diet to no avail as we weren't able to pinpoint food triggers (were too many of them) So there are foods he never eaten except through breast milk. (shellfish, strawberries, peaches,anything clearly containing peanuts, eggs by themselves) Many of things recalled for missing a ingred on label we didn't give him because they contained one or more of his other allergens. The good news is some of his scores are starting to come down. 2 yrs ago he had seven food off the charts last year only 2 some just barely stayed on the chart but one went from >100 all the way down to 43.
Take Care and stay safe,
Jandy

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