PA/TNA Question

Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2007 - 5:22am
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DD Anya is being tested for PA/TNA and Berries. Now we don't think she has all three - we're doing a screening to see IF she had a reaction and IF she did - what was it to.

But I was wondering - if someone has a PA do they usually have a TNA and if someone has a TNA do they usually have a PA?

It also seems that her reactions (if they were reactions - I'm 100% convinced they were - maybe I'm in denial? - but Bendryl helped in both cases) got a little worse each time (of course only 2 reactions that I know of at this point). This last one (last night) she was up most of last night fussing, crying, and finally just screaming. :P

Anyways, the lab recently called saying they didn't take enough blood so we have to take her back and have it done all over again on Thursday. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] And then start the waiting process all over again.

Right now avoiding TNA, PA, and trying to avoid berries (although this by far has been the hardest as they are her favorietes - sp?). They're in all her favorite things - PopTarts, Yogurts, and all the other snacks we give her. Her appetite doesn't seem the same. Am I paranoid or is this something normal in children after reactions?

Advice? Are PA and TNA usually related and go hand in hand?

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Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2007 - 5:30am
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have your allergist do a scratch test. then you will know right away what the allergies are.
my son is only allergic to peanuts not tree nuts. he is also alergic to strawberries and blueberries. they are not that hard to avoid if you read the lables.
why do you think she is alergic to berries? are ther hives, swelling, rashes? and what berries do you suspect?

Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2007 - 5:34am
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Quote:Originally posted by smudgesgarden:
[b]have your allergist do a scratch test. then you will know right away what the allergies are.
my son is only allergic to peanuts not tree nuts. he is also alergic to strawberries and blueberries. they are not that hard to avoid if you read the lables.
why do you think she is alergic to berries? are ther hives, swelling, rashes? and what berries do you suspect?
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Don't have an allergiest and I've read that children under the age of 2 scratch tests are unreliable anyways. Specifically strawberries, but the RAST would cover all berries. Plus, it would tell us sensitivities (that's my understanding).
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Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2007 - 5:51am
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Amanda, I have PA and was told by my allergist to avoid TN. I didn't ask why - assuming it was because of cross contamination. Since then, I've read that 40% of people with PA also have TNA.
I don't know how accurate this information is.

Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2007 - 5:54am
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my two PA girls are only PA (not TNA also) BUT, their dad is TNA and not PA so we just avoid them all to be on the safe side. our allergist says PA and TNA happen together often and to act as though the girls are TNA just to be extra cautious in case they would ever become TNA (not sure how big the risk of that is).
even if their dad was not TNA, i would skip treenuts anyway just because of the risk of cross contamination. i rarely find nuts that don't have a peanut warning on them or that are not roasted in peanut oil these days.
if we happened to pick pecans from my grandmother's trees in her yard, for example, i would let the girls try them possibly. at least that way i would know they didn't come from a factory in which peanut dust was floating around everywhere or in which common equipment was used for processing.

Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2007 - 5:57am
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Quote:Originally posted by joeybeth:
[b]my two PA girls are only PA (not TNA also) BUT, their dad is TNA and not PA so we just avoid them all to be on the safe side. our allergist says PA and TNA happen together often and to act as though the girls are TNA just to be extra cautious in case they would ever become TNA (not sure how big the risk of that is).
even if their dad was not TNA, i would skip treenuts anyway just because of the risk of cross contamination. i rarely find nuts that don't have a peanut warning on them or that are not roasted in peanut oil these days.
if we happened to pick pecans from my grandmother's trees in her yard, for example, i would let the girls try them possibly. at least that way i would know they didn't come from a factory in which peanut dust was floating around everywhere or in which common equipment was used for processing.[/b]
We're leaning more towards a TNA so I wonder if a PA would be likely... I'm just concerned because we never really avoid PA unless DN is coming over. So I'm mildly concerned you know? Because from my understanding, it's PA that seem to be the killer allergy. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2007 - 5:59am
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My dd is Class VI PA and also Class V to most tree nuts. It has been this way since age 2 when first tested.
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Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2007 - 6:13am
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Quote:Originally posted by krc:
[b]My dd is Class VI PA and also Class V to most tree nuts. It has been this way since age 2 when first tested.
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What do "class" mean? Was that with a RAST or skin prick?
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Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2007 - 6:47am
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My son was tested on his skin at 2 years old. That's how we diagnosed it. I already was sure he was allergic. He also became allergic to tree nuts after and then seeds. PA and TNA do not always go together but our allergist thinks it's best for all children to avoid all nuts until at least the age of 5.
Peanuts are related to legumes.

Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2007 - 6:51am
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in my kids....my peanut allergic 6yr old is also allergic to 5 of the 7 tree nuts(of course we avoid ALL).
I do think my 1yr old might be allergic to strawberries. She ate a strawberry Newton and started crying and pulling it out of her mouth. The next day she also got horrible burning diaper rash. I am avoiding it for now, until I know for sure.
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Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2007 - 7:00am
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Quote:Originally posted by momll70:
[b]My son was tested on his skin at 2 years old. That's how we diagnosed it. I already was sure he was allergic. He also became allergic to tree nuts after and then seeds. PA and TNA do not always go together but our allergist thinks it's best for all children to avoid all nuts until at least the age of 5.
Peanuts are related to legumes.[/b]
My little Anya is a petite little thing - I couldn't bear putting her through the skin test. Plus, I hear the RAST is much more reliable and tells the level of sensitivity (is that the class that another poster refered to?).
Anyways, I don't think she's ever had seeds. Both "reactions" have been from x-contaminations - not direct contacts. One involved swelling with mild rash and the other seemed to involve mild rash and wiggling/screaming most of the night (<-- last night).
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