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Posted on: Thu, 07/01/2004 - 9:17am
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I think I'm allergic to peanuts. I've never ate peanut butter as a kid, never wanted it. I remember telling my mom the smell made me gag. I started eating Zone bars with peanutbutter and over the course of several weeks had a "lump" in my throat that would go away after several days on its own. This past weekend my throat felt like it was swelling shut. Went to the ER and they said strep without any testing. No sore throat, no fever. I know it wasn't strep. Last thanksgiving I broke out in hives after eating turkey that was fryed in Peanut oil. My throat is better after taking Benedryl but I'm still not myself. My throat feels really dry still. Is this normal for a peanut reaction? Thanks!


Posted on: Thu, 07/01/2004 - 9:23am
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Joined: 07/01/2004 - 09:00

Also, is it normal for lymph nodes to swell during a reaction. My nodes around my throat got big.

Posted on: Fri, 07/02/2004 - 6:24am
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Hi Kim
I don't know about lymph nodes.
Often hating the taste/smell is a sign of an allergy. Of course, the opposite can also be true. I still love the smell, and would love the taste if I could eat it. [img][/img]
You should definitely get in to a doctor - throat swelling is not something to EVER ignore. A gp can prescribe an epi-pen for you, until you can get in to an allergist - which it sounds like you really should do.
Also, I'm not exactly sure what you meant when you said *I'm still not myself*, but when I take Benedryl it takes me a few days to get back to myself. Benedryl for me is a nasty drug. Works for what it's supposed to but has nasty side effects. (affects my thinking and reasoning)
Anyway, please see a gp or allergist. It sounds like you really do need to get some testing done. And until then, I would suggest you avoid peanuts.
Good luck, and take care.

Posted on: Fri, 07/20/2007 - 1:00am
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Joined: 01/26/2006 - 09:00

Welcome to this board. I have received an invaluable amount of support and advice from this board over the years. I know how terrifying a PA diagnosis can be. My son is now almost six and was diagnosed around 18 mos. My 2 1/2 yr old son is not allergic (so far).
I would suggest joining FAAN. I would also buy the Peanut Allergy Answer Book to educate yourself and other family members, caregivers, friends, etc.
We have eliminated all peanuts and nut products from our home. Our home is a safe haven for our child and we believe it also promotes consistency in what we teach him. My husband and I used to LOVE peanut butter. Believe me, we ate it daily. However, we have found that Sunbutter (or sunflower seed butter) is an excellent substitute. I'm sure your 5 yr old would like it. Some people think it's confusing b/c it looks very similar to PB, however, with the proper training I think it's an excellent substitute. Some grocery stores carry it as well as Trader Joe's and online.
These are just a few tips I have for now. Welcome! One thing I can saw is that all the info can be quite overwhelming at first. You can make yourself quite crazy by reading all the posts. Sometimes I have to sit back and take a break from it all. You WILL discover how to handle the allergy on your own terms and it will be "routine" for all of you after a while. Best of luck.

Posted on: Fri, 07/20/2007 - 1:04am
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Joined: 01/26/2006 - 09:00

I just re-read your post and you stated you have to ask the allergist how allergic he is and if the smell would bother him. I just have a comment on this.
Peanut allergy is very inconsistent. Even if your child has just reacted with hives in the past his next reaction could be anaphylactic. Allowing your other son to eat it in front of him can be pretty dangerous, in my opinion. It can be smeared on the table, on his hands, clothing, etc. I have two boys and I know how physical and playful they can be, especially at the table. If your allergist tells you it's not that serious, RUN out the door and find yourself a new one. My allergist takes it VERY seriously. You may want to get your child a medic alert bracelet also.

Posted on: Fri, 07/20/2007 - 1:41am
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Joined: 10/10/2003 - 09:00

Just curious, you said that he's eaten lots peanut before so has he ever had a reaction to peanut? If so, it is unlikely that he is truly allergic to peanut.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of false positives with allergy testing. In fact, there is an article that just came out about this. Look under the Research for a recent thread by "Nutternomore".
On the other hand, strawberries can give a pseudo reaction because they increase histamine. So hives can form but it's not a true allergy.
I'm not a doctor. This is only based on what I have learned being in the allergy community, reading, etc. but I hope that this is the case for your son.

Posted on: Fri, 07/20/2007 - 2:09am
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Joined: 02/09/1999 - 09:00

If you want to ask local people for allergist recommendations, here's a list of support groups:
Illinois Food Allergy Education Assn.
Julie Campbell
Northfield, IL 60302
Illinois Food Allergy Support Groups
Anne Thompson & Denise Bunning
Allergy Support Team
Wilmette, IL 60091
Denise Bunning
Anne Thompson
Lorraine Bachand
Chicago, IL
Dana Trawczynski
Arlington Heights, IL
POCA of DUPAGE (Parents of Children with Allergies)
Kellee Konieczny
Kristin Miller/Eileen Gentile
Downers Grove, IL
POCHA (Parents of Children Having Allergies)
Diane Zimmer Fascione
Oak Park, IL 60302
POCHA of Will County
Eleanor Garrow-Majka
Angela Labertew
Dr. Jonette Belicena
Joliet, IL 60435
Central Illinois Food Allergy Network (CIFAN)
Sarah Wilds
Savoy, IL (Central IL, by Champaign, IL)

Posted on: Fri, 07/20/2007 - 2:48am
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Joined: 09/25/2005 - 09:00

Hi and welcome to the board. Just to share my experience, my dd was diagnosed with a peanut allergy when she was about 2yrs old. She had eaten peanut butter before with out a reaction.. Although she hadnt eaten it very much. We have a picture of her with her easter basket that year and she was opening a reece's peanut butter egg. Looking back I dont recall anything happening that day. The day of her reaction I had given her just a little pinch of a reese's peices she immediatley broke out in hives, then vommitting, sounding horse. I gave her Benadryl because I am allergic to sulfer and had a serious reaction one time so I instantly wondered if she was having an allergic reaction. The benadryl helped that day. Knowing what I know now I would have used her epi-pen if I had one that day.
Her pediatric doc sent us to the allergist she immediatley had a strong reaction on the skin prick test. His recommendation to use was to have a nut free house. To avoid all tree nuts and peanuts to always have epi and benadryl on hand. Did your allergist give you and epi-pen at the least? I hope that he at least did that and explained syptoms to you and what to do in the event of a reaction. I would definatley get a new allergist one who will be willing to answer any questions you have and help you out along the way. This is a very serious and life threatening allergy. It is very scary and overwhelming after you get it all figured out for yourself you will need to educate anyone else who cares for your child. This is at times a hard task some people just dont get it...
We also ate peanut butter alot in our home and it was one of my favorite foods. We did ban it from our home. After weighing the benifit and the risk it was the best decision for us. One thing I have found as my daughter has gotten older. (will be 5 soon) She realizes the danger and there are lots of events and places we go where people are eating and she cant or someone tries to give her something she cant have. It is hard for them to be out in the real world and situations arise on a daily basis. It is nice for her to come home and not worry about touching the table before it is wiped down. Or laying something on the counter top where someone just made a peanut butter sandwich. It has been well worth the adjustment of giving it up and you know it didnt take long to get used to.
I would reccomend buying the "Peanut allergy answer book" I got mine at amazon. It helped alot. It is a big task and alot to deal with but before you know it it becomes a part of everyday life. i am a pro at reading labels and asking manufactures all the righ tquestions when I call them up. Scanning our surroundings when we vist other peoples homes and things like that become secound nature. Education is the main thing learn evrything you can about the allergy because you will be teaching other people about this allergy and you will become your childs biggest addvocate.
Best wishes to you. There is also alot of info her on the boards and it is nice to get other peoples opinions on things. You will find a wide variety of comfort levels here but you will ultimaltley build your own comfort level as you figure out for yourself what is best for your family.

Posted on: Fri, 07/20/2007 - 3:19am
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Hi and welcome to our club. My son is 14, diagnosed at age one. He has two older sisters that love PB. When my son was first diagnosed, I thought "no big deal" just avoid giving it to him. We still kept it in the house, etc.
Well, after a trip to the ER because my husband left a butter knife with PB on the counter and my son touched it, we decided it just was not worth the risk. This was at about age 5. So, we did have it in the house for 4 years. Had I known then that each exposure would (and did) cause a worse reaction than the previous, I would have gotten rid of it immediately.
His sisters missed it a little, but they understood it was necessary. They are several years older and so had occasion to eat this *treat* when away from home.
Also, you mentioned strawberry. Was this jam or jelly? Did you use the same knife?? If so, the jam and/or jelly that is opened in you home is now contaminated. Once a child starts reacting to PB, smaller amounts than previously ingested can cause reactions. Throw them away as well!
Second bit of advise, keep reading but don't get too overwhelmed. There is A LOT of information on this site. Many moms of newly diagnosed children get completely stressed out reading these boards. Take it slow, stay calm. You can handle this. He does not give us any more than we can handle.
Have a blessed day,

Posted on: Fri, 07/20/2007 - 3:36am
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Joined: 07/19/2007 - 09:00

OMG! Thank you all so much! I finally got ahold of the nurse at the office who was able to give me his RAST #it was .82, she said this is moderate-high.
I was really thinking that about pb, just no more. I haven't been buying anything with peanut anything in it since this happened.
I will have to get that book I think I have more questions than even I realize I have. I felt that the allergist should have had us in for a follow up visit, not just a brief phone call with my dh.
I am wondering if I should request that he be tested for other food allergies since it seems that those with one allergy tend to have others as well.
Strawberries did come up as a negative, but I feel wierd about giving them to him.
I will get rid of the jelly that has been used... I don't know why I didn't think about cross contamination, but my 2y/o doesn't like jelly either.
Thank you all for the replies and info. It's so nice not to feel alone in this.

Posted on: Fri, 07/20/2007 - 8:34am
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Joined: 02/26/2006 - 09:00

hello and welcome. [img][/img]
my son also ate peanut butter befor he became allergic.
as far as having any peanut products in the house for our daugher who isnt allergic to any foods, the answer is no way! not even food that may contain peanuts.
the cross contamanation is way to likeley to happen. try sun butter it truley tastes like peanut butter. we also let our daughter buy her lunch on days that she wants a pbj sandwich. but she washes her hand and brushes her teeth before she comes home.
my son isnt ana to peanuts. there are children here that cant even tollerate that. in my opinon you have to handle this peanut allergy like ist an ana. allergy. because it can develop into one. i dont want to scare you.
life goes on and a peanut allergy isnt the end of the world. i like to think of it as a way to start eating healthier.
you end up reading every lable out ther and start realizing how much **** is in the foods you regulary eat.
son, 3, almost 4, allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, cats, dogs, trees, grass, dust mites, and i think mold and mildew (i stoped listing after a while with the last allergy test when treenuts came back positive)
daugher, 6, tree, grass, mold


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