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Hi everyone...My name is Carla and I live in Southeastern Oklahoma. I am new to this website, although I am certainly not new to the peanut allergy. I was diagnosed with the allergy as an infant, I am now 28 years old and instead of having outgrown the allergy, mine has gotten progressively worse over the years. I started out not being able to eat the nut itself and have progressed to having to be away from all products even remotely containing the nut or the oils. I don't have problems with other tree nuts, just this one..but anyway I found this site and thought it might be a great way to get to know how other people deal with the problem...I keep seeing a lot of info for and about kids, but are there any adults out there dealing with it like I am? Like I said, I'm pretty familiar with it, but sometimes feel like I'm the only adult left dealing with it at my age. Love to find someone else to talk to...Thanks

On Nov 30, 2006

welcome to the boards!

There's a large handful of us adult PAs on this board who actively post.

Like you, I've had the allergy my whole life - I'm now 32. My last ingestion reaction was 16 years old, but I do have minor contact and inhalation reactions.

Many of the parents find it helpful for us adult PAs to post our experiences growing up when we can relate to the topic on hand. In addition, your own perspectives on your allergy may change as well. For myself, I've always had a strict comfort zone (no may contains, no items I didn't bake myself, no shared equipement labels, etc), but it got much more strict once I came on here. For me, it's been a good thing.

Anyhoot - I'd suggest going through the Adults Living with PA board. Even though you may dig back a few months or even a year into posts...there's so much information! Every now and then we revisit or 'reraise' topics. If you have questions along the way as you read...please do post [img][/img] Of interest, are usually the social aspects of PA (eating out, drinking, relations with those who have eaten peanuts, etc.)

see you on the boards! Adrienne [img][/img]

------------------ 30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

On Nov 30, 2006

Hi there, and welcome!

I'm 'adult-onset'. I'm 57 and was diagnosed a few years ago....though I probably had peanut allergy for much longer before it was diagnosed. It just took this dense brain some time to put two-and-two together. has been a lifesaver for many of us. MANUFACTURERS (food) Safe & Unsafe, and the RESTAURANT forum have really helped me. In fact, if you know of safe restaurants in your area, it helps other members if you post the information there.

Most of the adults with PA that are active on the boards post on many of the forums, unless it pertains specifically to adults....then we post on ADULTS LIVING WITH PA.

We appreciate having another adult's experience and advice. Welcome! Adele

On Nov 30, 2006

hi again Carla,

There is a new thread over in ADULTS LIVING WITH PA where we are all introducing ourselves --- we haven't had a roll call in a way long time. Wanna join in and introduce yourself in that thread? (ROLL CALL)

Adrienne [img][/img]

------------------ 30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

On Dec 3, 2006

Thanks so much everyone...I will definately take a look at the Adults section and I am looking forward to getting to know you all better as well as finding helpful information and sharing some of my own personal experiences.