PA Origin

Posted on: Mon, 09/24/2007 - 1:33pm
ctmartin's picture
Joined: 07/30/2007 - 09:00

I apologize if this question has been asked before. As my daughter has been newly diagnosed with PA, I have been reading many of the wonderful resources you all have recommended and have been learning a lot. Most of the books point to a genetic predisposition for allergies, that, in turn, MAY lead to a diagnosis of PA.

Out of curiosity, how many of you out there have PA children but neither you nor your spouse have any predispositions for allergies (i.e. other food or environmental allergies, eczema or asthma)?

Neither my husband nor I have any of the above (although my husband is allergic to penicillin, which might predispose our daughter). I just wanted to know how common it is to not have an immediate family history of allergies, but still be disgnosed PA.


Posted on: Mon, 09/24/2007 - 2:13pm
cynde's picture
Joined: 12/10/2002 - 09:00

Hi, I thought DH and I had no allergies, altho I discovered a couple of years ago that I am allergic to bananas (I always just thought I hated them) with a spt. At the time of DS diagnosis, about 12 years ago.
There are allergies on both sides of the family, but nothing as severe as DS's.

Posted on: Mon, 09/24/2007 - 10:25pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

This is a question I often think about.
I would love to know the answer.
My husband and I have no known allergies. (environmental, food, eczema, asthma etc.)
And as far as I know, no immediate family members on either side do as well.
I've been told here in the past that the key word is "known".
As "cynde" mentioned, maybe there is a food we are allergic to and haven't discovered.

Posted on: Mon, 09/24/2007 - 11:11pm
Kathy L.'s picture
Joined: 07/30/1999 - 09:00

My 12 yo dd is pa. My husband and I have no food allergies although he does have seasonal allergies (i.e., mold, ragweed). I ate pb when pregnant and nursing both my children, but only the younger one is allergic. She's not allergic to anything else, but does have mild seasonal allergies also. No one on either side of our families has a food allergy either, but my brother seems to have sensitivities to additives.

Posted on: Mon, 09/24/2007 - 11:38pm
leers's picture
Joined: 07/09/2001 - 09:00

I personally have no allergies, hubby has environmental allergies. My hubby's brother is allergic to fish/shellfish. Those are the only known allergies in family.

Posted on: Mon, 09/24/2007 - 11:38pm
PAMomInPA's picture
Joined: 04/04/2006 - 09:00

Well my husband (and his mother) have asthma. We never thought anyone in my family had food allergies but maybe we had the groundwork there and there were just no outward signs. My sister and brother both had one child with peanut/nut allergies (and both have one child without any allergies, in one case the older is allergic, in the other, the youngest).
Like I said, there was no family history on our side but my sister never liked walnuts or pecans (she has eaten them as an adult with no reaction though) and I had a reaction to something after eating in a restaurant lasy year. My brother was a picky eater when he was young.

Posted on: Tue, 09/25/2007 - 12:04am
kelly01's picture
Joined: 03/19/2001 - 09:00

Hi ctmartin:
I have slight environmental allergies in the spring (not enough to warrent anything more than a claritin or two), and dh has no allergies.
My mother and 1 of my brothers (out of 6 kids) had asthma.
DS with PA also has asthma. I think it is probably like many things...some portion of the population has an inherited disposition, while for others it develops due to some other (unknown?) factors.

Posted on: Tue, 09/25/2007 - 12:22am
Jacobs Mom's picture
Joined: 02/12/2002 - 09:00

We have no known history of food allergies on either side. However, we do have a family history of asthma and eczema on my side of the family.
Also, I ate PB like a fiend when I was pregnant and nursing.

Posted on: Tue, 09/25/2007 - 1:04am
mistey's picture
Joined: 01/18/2004 - 09:00

I have seasonal allergies and was allergic to dairy as a child.
My ds had "hay fever" every year, but no know allergies.
We recently particiapted in a study at a children's hospital and my dh tested positive for peanut. It explained a lot of health issues that he had as a child that went undiagnosed.

Posted on: Tue, 09/25/2007 - 3:23am
ctmartin's picture
Joined: 07/30/2007 - 09:00

Hi, Everyone,
Thanks for your responses ... now I'm further confused! [img][/img]
Seriously, though ... isn't breastfeeding supposed to protect AGAINST allergies!? I had such a hard time in the beginning (like most everyone else does)but stuck with it for 14 months. It breaks my heart to think that this is in any way related to my daughter's PA! (I know that there is no conclusive evidence and only supposition, but still ...).
I understand what everyone means about "known" food alergies (meaning somewhere in our families, something may remain undiagnosed). I am just baffled b/c there is NOTHING, I mean NOTHING in any of our families (parents, siblings, selves) ... not even any health related problems that might suggest an allergy. Weird! Guess it's just one of life's many mysteries!!
Mistey, your DH tested positive for peanut but didn't know previously? Oh no ... now this will probably lead into another "is it possible to be *a little* allergic to something" argument. I guess it is, in his case. If he never had a reaction serious enough to warrant a trip to the allergist, sounds like he is only *a little* allergic to peanut.
Like I said, I'm totally confused now!! Thanks anyway everyone!!!

Posted on: Tue, 09/25/2007 - 4:02am
dulcinea's picture
Joined: 08/11/2006 - 09:00

I had the same experience as one poster's DH. I live in the Chicago area, and volunteered our family to participate in a research study at Children's Memorial. They're looking into origins of PA. They tested DH, pa son, and me for a bunch of allergens, including food, dustmites, and animals. They performed both skin and blood tests. (I have a second son who wasn't tested yet because he's too young.)
Prior to the tests, I knew I was allergic to dust and cats, but proudly proclaimed there was no food I couldn't eat. DH is severely allergic to bee stings and thought he was allergic to shellfish.
Well, I was flabbergasted at the results. DH came up negative to everything, including shellfish, on both tests. As for me, the allergies I knew about were confirmed, plus, both my skin and blood reacted to peanuts, soy, sesame, and walnuts! I couldn't believe it. I eat all of those things frequently and have no reactions at all.
Aren't allergies a mystery? I'm not allergic, yet something in my body shows a reaction. I guess that's why they say diagnosing an allergy is so complicated and they have to use not only tests but a person's actual reaction to the allergent.
DS - age 4 - allergic to peanuts, eggs, walnuts, sesame
DS - age 2 - no known allergies


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