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Posted on: Tue, 05/10/2011 - 3:56am
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Joined: 04/11/2011 - 12:44

Keep being positive! I am 22 years old and have had this allergy my entire life, and while it's not always easy to deal with, it is managable! As hard as it is to grow up with the allergy, it must be extrememly difficult to develope it later in life once your habbits are already set. While my lifestyle has always be taylored to avoid peanuts, you are experiencing this for the first time and it may seem really overwhelming. Don't worry though, you'ce come to the right place! Be sure to always read the ingredients on everything, and try to cook at home as much as possible. Check you inbox for a little message I sent you!

Posted on: Tue, 06/25/2013 - 5:05am
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Joined: 08/10/2011 - 06:42

I have been a Mental Health Nurse or many years. None of the hospitals that I have worked at have done this. This may be different for the more longer term substance abuse treatment centers as they don't have the medical support that may be needed. We frequently refer patients to these for further treatment and not once has this been an issue.
When we get a patient with a peanut allergy we remove any potential allergens from the unit and put a sign on the door alerting others. The patient is restricted to the unit for meals as a safety measure so if there is a reaction an epipen and nurse is readily available.
You may want to check out other hospitals in the area. I am appalled that your son may be denied treatment because of the allergy.

Posted on: Sun, 09/08/2013 - 10:07pm
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Joined: 09/17/2004 - 09:00

Is the doctor you mentioned an allergist? I'm surprised they did not give you any information. First, coconut is not a treenut, nor is nutmeg. An allergist can do allergy testing to determine which treenuts your child may be allergic to. Many people have both peanut and treenut allergies but not all. The problem comes with cross-contamination. As my child has both treenut and peanut allergies I cannot say which, if any commercial products are safe. PLEASE do a lot of research - legitimate websites, books, and a knowledgeable allergist, along with a knowledgable pediatrician. FAAN and FARE are two organizations to start with. Most important is the doctor, however. On this site, we can only give our experiences, which may be different for your child and no one should give you "medical advice", except healthcare professionals.

Posted on: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 3:20am
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Joined: 06/07/2005 - 09:00

Some people, like my son have cross reactions to peas, and legume family things......id say go get a test run first to see what the reaction shows on it first before just completely cutting them out all together.

Posted on: Mon, 12/09/2013 - 5:50am
Saralinda's picture
Joined: 01/12/2004 - 09:00

Mysia, I am like you. I've never had a stronger reaction to peanuts than just throwing up everything. My favorite vegetable is green peas. I love split pea soup, but if I eat it more than once in awhile, my mouth "feels fuzzy." So I'm just careful. I say, do what you have to do to be safe.

Posted on: Thu, 12/12/2013 - 1:37pm
supernat's picture
Joined: 12/12/2013 - 20:34

Do NOT continue to eat peanuts. My allergy started as stomach pain and a few times I made the sacrifice for my favorite candy and it is now a full blown anaphylactic allergy. I personally have no problems with peas and beans, however.

Posted on: Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:26am
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Joined: 11/17/2014 - 11:06

I developed my allergy at age 30 after eating peanuts and tree nuts my entire life up until that point. My allergist told me that allergies can change every 7 years or so. So if you do decide to retest I would wait at least the 7 years before doing so.

Posted on: Fri, 07/31/2015 - 5:45am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I commend you for asking this question! Some of my family members don't take the time to really find out what it all means, which causes major problems, particularly around holidays. I'm not a doctor, but a mom who has kids with nut allergies. At 7.28, she was at risk for a severe reaction if around peanuts/peanut butter. The fact that her level has gone down speaks volumes to the care she is receiving from her mom and dad. She is still at risk (my allergist says 1.0 or over (I _think_ - please check with your daughter/daughter in law for what your gdaughter's guidelines are) is an allergy and any contact with peanuts, peanut butter, or items made in a facility with nuts are to be avoided according to the allergists I've take my children to.
The difficulty lies in the unpredictable nature of how a person will react when exposed to the allergen. Your granddaughter's gut finds the peanut protein toxic. It's nothing that could have been avoided- sometimes it just happens. The reaction to ingestion of the protein could result in hives, vomiting, sometimes an asthma attack...the list of possible symptoms are something you should become familiar with. To stop anaphylactic shock, an epipen would be administered and 911 would be called. One exposure could just result in hives, but another could result in a multi-system shut down where she can't breathe and/or loses consciousness.
The only effective way my allergist can treat my children's allergies is strict avoidance. No one in my house eats peanuts or peanut butter. If we want to eat it, we must do so away from home, wash our hands thoroughly and brush our teeth before coming back home. I encourage you to please talk to the parents- they know the specific information for the child you are inquiring about. I WISH my mother in law would do so- she doesn't believe us, rolls her eyes, etc. my father in law thinks one little bite won't hurt.
What you can do for your grand daughter is 1)learn to read food labels 2)develop a close relationship with her parents regarding what her specific challenges are with managing her allergies 3) learn when and how to use an epi-pen in case of shock and 4) realize that it's extremely scary for some parents to let their food allergy kid out of their sight, especially before she can manage her own food.
You are awesome! I wish my family would be as willing to learn!!


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