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Posted on: Wed, 03/03/2004 - 4:49am
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Hello, I've been reading posts so as not to be redundant, but I haven't found anything about this question. Maybe someone can help me out?

My son (age 4) has always had bowel/ digestive/constipation issues. Recently the dr. decided to check for allergies, since I have come to the conclusion that he's probably lactose intolerant, if not allergic. I can tell that milk products really do a number on his tummy so I've had him on either soy or lactaid. One time he had a hive reaction to eggs, so that was a question too.

So the dr did a blood test. The results were surprising: Not allergic to milk, not allergic to egg, but IS allergic to dog, cat, MOLD (?) and PEANUTS!

Dogs & cats I figured, since he gets red & splotchy when he really loves on them, rubbing his face on their fur, etc. But he's ok being in the room with them. If he gets splotchy, I just wash him & he's fine. It's never a breathing issue.

Mold, I do not understand (we have a follow up app't next week to discuss). Do they mean airborne mold? Or mold like, cheese? That would make sense, in a "digestive disorder" sort of way.

But it's the peanut one that's got me concerned. He has eaten peanuts, pnut butter, M&Ms, etc with no noticable reaction.

My question is, what does that mean?? Is he "just starting" to be allergic, & it will get worse? Is he "not very" allergic, only a tiny bit? Is his allergy in the form of digestive upset so we haven't been able to tell since he always has that anyway? It's freaking me out!

And then when I was reading about anaphylaxis, I wondered if he'd also be more likely to be allergic to bee stings.

Any info as to HOW a pnut allergy manifests, and how it starts out, would be appreciated.

No matter what happens with my son, I will always be vigilant about peanuts for other children! I can't believe how insensitive grown up adults can be about this!!

Thanks!
C.

Posted on: Fri, 11/26/2004 - 3:16am
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It is not unusual at all to develop any type of allergy at any age including allergy to peanuts.
I would avoid giving your child any nuts until the Doctor visit. Your doctor/allergist will be able to tell you what you need to do after that.
Of course, you will find helpful information here as well.
Ask your Doctor to prescribe an Epi Pen if in fact your child is Allergic to Nuts.
My dd is also 4 1/2 PA/TNA, Her reactions range from hives, rash, red watery eyes, runny nose, wheezing, throat closing, coughing, vomiting and diarhhea.
She has an epi pen with her wherever she goes.
Let me know if I can help.
Take Care and Stay Safe.
toomanynuts

Posted on: Wed, 12/01/2004 - 2:45am
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Welcome to the boards!!!
just if your intrested- ive got a nut allergy site too!!
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and also its forum
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Posted on: Wed, 03/03/2004 - 6:47am
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Hi, and welcome to the board.
As for whether or not his reactions will get worse. Mine did. I had a difficult time figuring out what I was allergic to, and continued eating them. (peanuts and sesame seeds) Now I avoid even trace amounts of both, and yet, when I was accidentally exposed to them I had a worse reaction. Some people have severe (life-threatening) reactions from the beginning.
With regard to mold - my son is allergic to mold. His first reaction (minor) was to penicillin. After that we only allowed him to have anti-biotics - no penicillin. Nothing from age 4 until around 16 when he was preparing to go on a canoe trip. They were practicing out on the lake and when he got home he was covered head to toe in hives. It turned out the life-jacket he wore had been stored in an old outdoor boat house and was damp (and moldy though nobody had noticed).
As for bee-stings, that's a completely separate allergy. He is probably no more or less likely to be allergic to them.
And it is possible your son's reactions are in the form of digestive upset

Posted on: Wed, 03/03/2004 - 11:12am
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Hi Catela
Allergy tests aren't perfect. You get a lot of false positives. My own blood tests showed allergies to wheat, corn, and carrots. I have always eaten all of these things with no problem.
Now I don't know much about the science behind the blood tests, so I'm not saying that your son [i]isn't[/i] allergic to peanuts despite the blood tests. But what I know from my own experience is that allergy tests are not totally accurate and what I know from both my experience and the experience of others is that peanut allergy is a pretty violent allergy. I would think that if you son actually does have a peanut allergy that he would have had a significant reaction by now. However I only know what I have learned from personal experience. I am not a doctor or a scientist.
Please let us know what you learn from your follow-up appointment. I am curious to see if your doctor would consider this a false positive, or if she/he would advise you to avoid peanuts.
Best of luck to you and your son
Megan
[This message has been edited by Scrippsie (edited March 03, 2004).]

Posted on: Wed, 03/03/2004 - 12:46pm
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catela, hi, and welcome. My ds is allergic to mold too. Here is some info for you...
Mold Allergies
A Major Contributor to Allergic Rhinitis
Molds may be a major contributor to seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis, as well as other health problems.
Although thousands of molds exist, only a few dozen different types are significant allergens. Mold spores can easily become airborne and can be found almost anywhere. Because they are so small, mold spores may invade the protective mechanisms of the nose and upper respiratory tract.
Symptoms
The most common symptoms associated with exposure to certain molds include the following: nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, aggravation of asthma, cold/flu like symptoms, rashes, fever, shortness of breath, inability to concentrate, fatigue, and sometimes lung infections.
The mold Stachybotrys has been known to cause fatal bleeding in the lungs of infants when combined with exposure to cigarette smoke.
Stachybotrys atra can cause nervous system symptoms, such as personality changes, sleep disorders and memory loss.
Indoor Molds
Because mold spores become airborne easily, they float throughout the house forming new colonies, wherever they land. The indoor mold allergens can cause allergies year round.
The most common indoor molds are Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, Aspergillus, and Mucor. Other common molds include Helminthosporium, Epicoccum, Rhizopus, and Aureobasidium (Pullularia).
Other molds found where water has been standing a long time include Fusarium, Trichoderma, and Stachybotrys. These molds can be very toxic. The Stachybotrys mold grows on water soaked building materials with a high cellulose content (wood, paper, and cotton products).
The sources of mold in the home include damp basements and closets, bathrooms (especially shower stalls), places where fresh food is stored, refrigerator drip trays, house plants, air conditioners, humidifiers, garbage pails, mattresses, upholstered furniture and old foam rubber pillows.
Other products that are favorable for mold growth include paper and paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood, wood products, dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation materials, dry wall, carpet and fabric.
Mold growth can be slowed by following a few tips. Keep the humidity level in the home below 40 percent by using an air conditioner or dehumidifier during the hot humid months. Be sure to change or clean the filters frequently. Make sure the kitchen and bathrooms are ventilated properly, and clean them with a bleach solution that consists of one cup of bleach in one gallon of water.
Food Molds
Symptoms of mold allergy may be brought on or worsened by eating certain foods, therefore if you are allergic to molds you may need to avoid the following foods: cheeses, mushrooms, dried fruits (such as apricots, dates, prunes, figs and raisins), foods containing yeast, soy sauce, vinegar, mayonnaise, other salad dressings, catsup, chili sauce, pickles, pickled beets, relishes, green olives, sour cream, sour milk, buttermilk, beer, wine, sauerkraut, pickled and smoked meats and fish, sausages, hot dogs, corned beef, pickled tongue, canned tomatoes and canned juices.
Outdoor Molds
Molds are the second leading cause of outdoor airborne allergies, with pollen being the first. Molds can be found in compost piles, cut grass, wooded areas, fallen leaves, soil, debris and other moist surfaces.
Excess moisture conditions that can lead to mold problems include improperly vented dryers, neglect of gutters and poor drainage of foundation water.

Posted on: Wed, 03/03/2004 - 12:47pm
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I have a 2 year old daughter who reacted to peanuts/peanut butter passed through breastmilk as an infant. She has not had any peanuts/tree nuts ever. She also reacted to eggs and broke out in hives when I started formula at 11 1/2 months.
Surprisingly, she tested negative on RAST test to everything. She tested positive on the skin test to peanut, wheat, fish, mold, dog, ragweed. She has never reacted to any environmental allergens to this day--no watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, etc.
Her reactions to food were always GI related. She spit up profusely, even in her sleep sometimes. She always had horrible stomach pain. Her diapers (even at a year old) were very messy--not well formed stools,and at least 5 a day. She was never able to sleep for more than 2 hours at a time--even at a year old (we know now she was in intense pain). With milk, she broke out in hives, as well as the horrible stomach cramps. I thought maybe lactose intolerant...but the allergist said it was highly unlikely at her age.
Megan reacts to soy, milk, wheat, peanuts. We are not sure on the fish, but don't want to trial that at home to find out! I think she is allergic, but her allergies must be IgG mediated, since they did not show up on the IgE testing that was done. Her symptoms are delayed. She can have milk at noon, but will wake up with stomach cramps at midnight... I know she still reacts to milk--we just trialed it. We thought she wasn't reacting...but she began having asthma-like symptoms. She was coughing at night and naptime or when it got above 73 degrees until she would vomit several times a week. We thought we finally connected it with the furnace being on....it didn't happen when it was warmer. I put her back on rice milk, just for a break from the vomitting (I figured the milk was just making her produce more mucous, making her gag and vomit). Within 3 weeks she was not coughing at all. Her symptoms totally disappeared. I trialed milk one more time...1/2 a sippy cup at naptime and 1/2 at bedtime. She was up all night with stomach cramps.
When we first figured out Megan was reacting to foods, I thought I would be able to get definite answers from testing. I found out this is not so, especially with her symptoms being delayed. They just don't show up positive--even when she was breaking out in hives with milk, it was still negative. I also have yet to find a good allergist. I left the office the first time with a list of allergens, wondering how I was going to feed my child!! No eggs, milk, wheat, soy....let alone peanuts/nuts/fish!!!! They also did not seem concerned about the peanut allergy--no epi-pen. I finally requested one, just for my piece of mind. Better to be safe than sorry.
Hope this helps some, your child sounds alot like mine with the GI symptoms..

Posted on: Wed, 03/03/2004 - 1:05pm
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Cathy,
I posted on the other thread to you also before I came across this one. I don't know if you've come across any of my other thread's before. My dd was also diagnosed through blood tests. At 18 mos. she was tested because of her eczema. She tested mostly ones on everything on a scale of 1 to 5. She was a 5 to peanuts & cats. A 4 to soy. A 3 to egg white. A 2 to dogs. I can't remember what her first enviromental allergy scores were. She had never reacted to anything. She ate peanuts all the time in some form. She also had a skin test done and tested positive for peanuts, cats, and dogs so that is all they had me avoid.
She's had other testing done since then that has showed her environmental allergies going up. I've always thought they were wrong about the peanuts but still avoided them. We went and had a food challenge done last week. They put peanut butter on her arm and she was fine. Then they put it on her mouth and she got a little red around it. It went away so they had her eat some and she got a huge hive on her cheek. She had eczema flare ups for a while afterwards. So I know she is allergic now and am so happy I was careful for the two years I didn't really believe she had the allergy.
Today we went to someone's house with a cat. She is so itchy now and she wont quit rubbing her eyes. I just gave her some benedryl hope it helps. So I guess she is starting to react more now.
Allergies are so confusing. I think I have read that sometimes food allergies can make you sick to your stomach. I know some kids throw up when they have reactions. I hope you have a good trip to the allergist and get lots of answers.
Angie & Hunter

Posted on: Thu, 03/04/2004 - 12:34am
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AnnaMarie, Momma2Boys, MegansMommy, Angie:
Thank you for your replies, so much great info!!
Wow, penicillin - I hadn't thought of that. (adding it to my list for the dr next week)
Stachybotrys - that's that horrible notorious mold that makes people have to leave everything behind & put a tent over their house, right? Ewwww...
We're in Arizona, so humidity is rarely an issue here. I've never had any visible mold in or around the house. Not to say it isn't there, but Justin has never had any respiratory symptoms & rarely even gets a cold. He even seems to have mostly escaped the "hay fever" type allergies that the rest of my side of the family get in spring & fall.
But SOY? OK, I was reading about how peanuts & soybeans are similar...maybe having him on soy for "lactose intolerance" is the reason why he's never gotten better with his tummy problems. Although when we use Lactaid he still doesn't improve. I just know that both are preferable to real milk - now THAT *really* messes him up! And with his chronic constipation (he has encompresis) he is forbidden any rice products, so no rice milk.
I read this board literally for hours yesterday, & got to thinking, since pnut is EVERYWHERE (wow, that surprised me & feels very overwhelming itself), maybe he's always getting trace amounts & *THAT* is the real reason his tummy & bowel has never been normal?? What do you all think, does that sound like anything that could be related to pnuts?
MegansMommy - you mentioned her diapers not being normal. That is how Justin's have always been - and still are. He can't control his BMs, so it's near impossible to get him potty trained. And he's 4! I was curious if you have always had that kind of problem with her?
Also, he has never had eczema or any skin problems except when he gets milk products & his little bottom gets completely raw.
He is allergic to metal, however. I figured that out early on, when he'd wake in the morning with perfectly round snap-shaped welts on his front from his snap-up sleepers. To this day he can't wear anything with snaps touching his skin.
From what I've been reading, I gather that the RAST test is the blood test, is that right? And that is more accurate than a skin test? Please let me know if I've got it backwards, or if there is a more reliable or sensitive test he should be having to determine the extent of this pnut allergy.
Thanks much!! (and sorry so long)
Cathy

Posted on: Thu, 03/04/2004 - 12:38am
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Ooops, sorry - I meant to name all of you -
Scrippsie, thanks for your info too!!
I agree, I'd think he would've had a significant reaction by now too. Although, I'm wondering if he actually IS having a significant reaction, in the form of intestinal distress rather than breathing, itching, hives, etc. I have not found a single thing on any other site adressing the different types of symptoms PA can produce...and that's how I ended up here.
Thanks!

Posted on: Thu, 03/04/2004 - 1:25am
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Cathy,
The RAST is the blood test. I wouldn't consider it completely accurate. My dd doesn't react to a lot of things that the RAST shows her allergic to.
I can't remember if you've gone back to the allergist yet. The skin test helped confirm what my dd is allergic to. She is a 3 to egg whites, but when they skin tested her she showed no reaction so her allergist never had me avoid it. I would have skin testing done along with the rast.
When they do testing for peanuts and soy they are cross reactive so sometimes when you are allergic to peanuts it will show that you are also allergic to soy, but it doesn't always mean you are allergic to soy. It's very confusing.
If any information I have given is wrong feel free to correct me. I'm pretty sure I'm right though.
Angie & Hunter

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