Peanut Allergy Only

Posted on: Thu, 08/03/2000 - 6:02am
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I finally was able to have my son tested last week for his peanut allergy at Children's Hospital in Boston. They used a device that holds all of the nuts and antihistamine (in liquid form) and then they pressed it into his back (holding it for approximately 5 seconds). The nurse said that it would cross the top two layers of skin and he should lay on his stomach for about 15 minutes (not easy with a 20 month old--we had to pop an Arthur tape into their VCR). His allergist tested him with 8 different tree nuts, peanuts and an antihistamine. He quickly responded with a nickel size mosquito-like mark to the peanut and a small mark to the antihistamine (antihistamine mark being good). Then they put some Benadryl cream on the peanut mark and within about 2 minutes it went away. His allergist basically said that he was "severely allergic to peanuts" and to stay away from peanuts. She also suggested that even though he wasn't allergic to the trees nuts that were tested we should keep him away from them as well due to cross-contamination. I asked her about the other tests. She said they were not recommended due to their false-positive results and that the blood test was simply not necessary unless we were wanting to feed him peanut products.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone else is experiencing the peanut allergy only and NOTHING else (no asthma, skin problems or other allergies)? I'm just curious.

Posted on: Thu, 08/03/2000 - 6:22am
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E-MOM - my daughter (16 months) is only allergic to peanuts that we know. SHe has had eggs, citrus, wheat, soy, etc, with NO problem. We were told to stay away from tree nuts until we test her around 3 yrs old. That is not difficult b/c I don't see a need for her to have nuts/nut products at her age...so we will do further testing around 3 for the tree nuts and a re-test for the peanuts. She has no asthma and had baby excema on her legs (very little) that she outgrew sometime b/4 one year old...So, to answer your question, she only has PA...

Posted on: Thu, 08/03/2000 - 6:28am
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Kathryn65--I forgot to add that the allergist recommended we test him in about a year and then re-test him when he is 5 or 6. My son also had ezcema when he was a baby and it also went away with a prescription hydrocortisone (2.5%) when he was about 4-5 months old.

Posted on: Thu, 08/03/2000 - 7:06am
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Our daughters are 14 and 11 years old and always have been highly allergic to peanut products of any kind.
Our 9 year old son is not allergic to anything.
Also, our family has no history of peanut allergy.

Posted on: Thu, 08/03/2000 - 7:08am
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Hi there,
My son Wade tested positive for peanuts at around 16 months after a serious reaction, he was tested for other things at that time and came back negative on tree-nuts, kiwi, strawberry, shellfish . Our allergist told us to consider him allergic to tree-nuts and shellfish( until he is older). It seems that because of the peanut allergy, he has the "potential" of developing other food allergies. Since then I believe that he is also allergic to salmon though he has eaten other fish without incident. Also at the time of his diagnosis, my son did not have asthma....he is now almost 2 1/2 and has been diagnosed with it. I was told that peanut allergic children have the potential of developing asthma...turns out in our case they were right.
regards,
Katiee (Wade's mom)

Posted on: Thu, 08/03/2000 - 9:19am
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e-mom,
my son is 18 months old and does have mild excema,(that we control by using fragrence free products) but other than that, he is only allergic to peanuts. he was tested last month for all treenuts with a blood test and all were neg except peanuts.

Posted on: Thu, 08/03/2000 - 11:20am
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e-mom, my son just turned 3 and has been pa since 12 mos. He has never had eczema, does not have asthma, and does not have any other allergies that we know of. We've never given him tree nuts or shellfish so we don't know about them. As far as we know, it's only that darn little peanut!! Deanna

Posted on: Thu, 08/03/2000 - 11:21am
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e-mom, my son just turned 3 and has been pa since 12 mos. He has never had eczema, does not have asthma, and does not have any other allergies that we know of. We've never given him tree nuts or shellfish so we don't know about them. As far as we know, it's only that darn little peanut!! Deanna

Posted on: Thu, 08/03/2000 - 11:12pm
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e-mom,
My two year old is highly allergic to peanuts and mildly allergic to almonds and cashews (via blood test). I don't feed him shellfish and avoid all treenuts, although technically he is not allergic to walnuts or hazelnuts. He has no skin conditions and no asthma. Correction: He did have skin breakouts as an infant from the nickel snaps on baby clothes.

Posted on: Thu, 08/03/2000 - 11:33pm
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e-mom -- My 5 yo daughter was tested via blood at 18 mos after a reaction at 13 mos, and the results came back 'severe'. We were told to stay away from all pnuts and nuts. She has eaten salmon and schrod with no problems. She has no other allergies, eczema or asthma. She is also my youngest of 4 and only my oldest is allergic to cats. My husband is allergic to cats, grass, and a few other things, and I have eczema and a latex allergy. Our allergist told us that if the parents have allergies, there is a chance the child will develop some kind of allergy as well.

Posted on: Thu, 08/03/2000 - 11:37pm
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HI e-mom
My daughter is 4 and was diagnosed at 14 months as PA. She has been tested and is not allergic to anything but peanuts. She has not developed asthma or eczema and is very healthy. I thank God every day that she is only allergic to peanuts (as pesky as that is)...
Hope

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