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I have read that reactions to peanuts can get worse. First of all....don't think I am a bad mom for what I am about to tell you! : ) My son has never had a reaction to peanuts because he has never been exposed, he has, however had reactions to milk and eggs, which he is also allergic to. On Halloween, I ate a peanut butter cup (which I haven't eaten in a long, long time!) and gave my son a kiss on his neck and on his cheek about 5 minutes after eating it. A few minutes later, he got hives on both areas that I kissed him. (Only about 4 hives total). This is the part that I feel really guilty about and I'm going to get a lot of slack about.....I told my husband what happened the next day and he didn't believe me, so I ate another peanut butter cup and kissed my son on the cheek. Sure enough, he got two hives right where I kissed him. Here's my question...will his reactions most likely get worse with each exposure, or is it very different for each person? I will NEVER eat peanut butter again around my son, so he won't be exposed that way, but I'm still curious if his reactions will get worse. Thanks for the input!

On Nov 13, 2000

Markus' Mom, I think this is a really good question, but I also think that the only answers you're going to get are going to be individual answers that relate to each person posting and either themselves or their PA child. Meaning, each person is different, each history of reactions is different, etc. I had just posted in a different thread, that I have met a 12 year old whose history of reactions to peanut products includes hives only. He has never suffered anything more serious than that. Based on this history of reactions presumably, the child's parents have chosen for him to remain anonymous at school as far as his PA is concerned. I disagree with this. However, he is not my child.

MY experience with my PA son has been that his reactions have been worse each time (he has had 3, two anaphylactic), with LESS exposure to actual peanut product.

Based on my experience with my son, I expect that should he have another reaction, it will also be anaphylactic. But I did post this question here, whether or not once you've had an anaphylactic reaction if all reactions will be and I didn't really get a clear response to that, except, as with your question, it differs with each individual. Based on my experience with my son, I am expecting another anaphylactic reaction and have safety measures put in place to both avoid one and to deal with one. But, who knows, his next reaction may not be anaphylactic. Or, it may be.

I'm not clear, perhaps there is someone else that could offer you something more concrete regarding this important question. I've just really found that this "condition", if you will, is like most medical conditions and it individualizes itself. Not all migraine sufferers (as I suffer from one now!) are the same or react the same or are able to control their migraines with the same medication. This is simply one example of the whole list of medical conditions. I think, with PA, it's the same. Or say, with environmental allergies, it takes me an antihistamine, a decongestant, and a nasal spray to control mine when they are really bad whereas other people may not have to use anything. Do you know what I mean?

But, I do think if you were to eat another pb cup and kiss your son again tomorrow, he would still have the same hive reaction. I don't know if it would be worse than that, but I don't think it would be any less severe than that.

I hope I've said at least one word in this lengthy post that was helpful to you in any way. Best wishes! [img][/img]


On Nov 14, 2000

Just a thought--you're assuming he reacted to the peanut, but he's never had a reaction to peanut before. Is it possible he reacted to the milk in the chocolate? Has he reacted to that type of secondary exposure to milk before? I'm just hoping that maybe it wasn't the peanut at all.

On Nov 15, 2000

Markus' Mom,

Has your child ever been tested for PA? Until you are sure about this allergy, you should keep him away from peanuts only because, I beleive each reaction does get worse. My sons 1st expose was only a fe hives & the next one he was vomiting & went into anaphalactic shock.

I hope he will be fine. Keep us posted.


On Nov 15, 2000

Caring Mom, as I posted above, it has been my experience with my son, that each reaction has been worse with less exposure to actual peanut product. However, you will find scores of people on this board who will disagree with each reaction being worse than the previous one. I know that for my son what you are saying has certainly held true and I only expect the worst should he react again. There are PA adults posting though that have said that the severity of their reactions can vary though. I think we have to just go with what we experience with our own children. No one can question that. Best wishes! [img][/img]


On Nov 15, 2000


Let me ask you this question, did your allergist ever say it gets worse or not(with every reaction)? The reason I ask this is because, when Bobby 1st encountered this I was told it would only get worse.

What you are saying is probably right because, the human body is very funny & our chemistry is always up & down. I was also told that Bobby at 1 point may not be allergic to peanuts but, this could vary threw his life, so 1 year he could be allergic but the next not(but never take the chance because, you never know so always assume that he will always be allergic)

This is all so confusing-It seems to be getting worse & worse for me because, I don't know what to think anymore.

I guess that this is why ALL ALLERGIES are so screwed up.

Maybe when I go to Dr.Sampson he can help me understand more. Thanks Cindy.


On Nov 16, 2000

Caring Mom, I think you'll probably get your answers from Dr. Sampson and then hopefully you'll share them with us.

When Jesse had his second anaphylactic reaction, the doctor treating him in emergency that night said that my son had a very severe, life threatening allergy to peanuts, given the severity of his reaction to the minimal exposure to peanut product. He said that I must always treat it this way and always expect an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts products. He also said that he did not think my son would ever outgrow the allergy.

The allergist, when Jesse was just tested last month (and not for peanuts) found it interesting that Jesse reacted to the peanut serum on his arm (it didn't have a skin prick beside it), took down his history of reactions and didn't really say anything else. For me, that appointment was all about finding out whether Ember was PA or not, so I really didn't push with questioning about what to expect in future reactions, a chance of outgrowing it, etc.

As I say, I may be very wrong, but given my experience with Jesse, I am expecting, should he have another reaction, that it will be anaphylactic, he will require the Epi-pen. And again, I have all safety measures in place to both avoid exposure and deal with a reaction.

I really think it has to do with individuality. I certainly don't wish his next reaction to be anaphylactic, but I know in the back of my head, that is what I am expecting should he have another one. But look at the wonderful information shared on this board, where children have gone years without reactions or tested positive to peanut products and never had a reaction. I'm hoping that I am able to keep Jesse that safe and that he will not experience a reaction again.

Also, something happened to me to-day, that may or may not make sense. I had to see a neurologist re my migraines. He, of course, prescribed a preventative drug because I get them so frequently. Well, I spent most of my 20's on preventative drugs and they didn't help a bit. I was very hesitant about taking the prescription to-day, thinking "been there, done that, didn't work out", BUT, I'm also 15 - 20 years older. Maybe my body has changed and it will react differently to a preventative drug. But, as with Jesse's PA, I can almost tell you, even though I am going to give it a go and try this med that it won't work. My migraines are not wired that way and don't respond that way. Does that make any sense? I understand also that we're talking apples and oranges here, migraines in no way compare to PA. And, obviously, after literally pounding my head against the wall for 10 - 15 years, I'm willing to try this again, back to square one again.

So, does our body change over time or are we "wired" a certain way when it comes to different medical conditions?

Best wishes! [img][/img]


On Nov 17, 2000


You are right, I also treat ir as if Bobby will have an anaphylactic reaction-because, you just never know what will happen. I always assumed that this will happen-maybe I am wrong but, I can't take that chance of anything happening to him. Maybe when I do go see Dr. Sampson he'll answer all of this for me.

As far as your migranes, I do beleive that the body chemistry does change so maybe this medication will work for you this time.

Good Luck & thanks for your response-Feel Better.


On Nov 17, 2000

Thanks everyone for your responses. I've been really busy this week babysitting for 2 kids and I have 2 of my own! I'm glad I just have my 2 today. (Don't know how my mom did it with 6!) Back to the subject...someone suggested when I kissed my son it could've been the chocolate since he's also allergic to milk. I can't believe I didn't think of that! His only "close to anaphalctic shock" reaction came from milk, so maybe the hives were from that. Also, someone asked if he has ever been tested, yes he has. (twice) Both times, on a scale of 0-4, he got a 4+ on milk, eggs, and peanuts. The lesson I have learned is that I will never kiss my son again after eating milk, eggs, or peanuts. I just hope it doesn't get any worse!

On Nov 17, 2000

Hi I can not even touch a shrimp without getting hives all over me. My daughter can not even be in a room with a cat because she gets covered with hives. I believe in my own opinion hives could have been from the peanut. Please let us know if he gets tested and I think you were o.k. with eating it and doing what you did. Maybe this was a way for you to actually believe it is true. I don't think that you were trying to harm him as much as you probably just wanted to prove to yourselves what is going on. I can not even let Christopher breathe in the smell of nuts. Have a good day. claire

On Nov 17, 2000

Claire, Thanks for making me feel a little less guilty about what I did (kiss him after the peanuts). He is not scheduled to go back for another test until next July. Until then, I won't be having anymore peanut stuff around him! Colleen

By maverick1808 on Sep 23, 2011

The more a allergic person is exposed to the allergen the worse the reactions will be.

By Gaf101 on Jun 14, 2012

I have always avoided peanuts as I hate the smell, and remember crying when my mum ate them as a kid, and as such had never been exposed.

When I got to an age where I started dating, I noticed that on occaision after being kissed, my lips would tingle as if I was getting a cold sore. A bit later and suffering from one hell of a hangover, I ate a few spoons of nut cornflakes before I realised. Over the next few days, I was so I'll, but I put it down to the drink ( I was on holiday). Since then I noticed that I started to develop hives if I am in contact with something that has been in contact with peanuts.

I was tested for this allergy, following a reaction to painkillers, and it turned out that I had a very high rast score and reactivity. I had been lucky, and now make sure that I carry medication.