My son had his first reaction to peas at about 8 months (hives around mouth). Since peas and peanuts are in the same family, we never introduced any peanut products, although he did have the occasional may contain product. Had him rast tested at 3 1/2 , he showed a score of 2, peas were not tested for. What is the likelyhood that he would outgrow either of these allergies? What about other legumes, we have kept him away from them all? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
On Oct 15, 2001
Jason is allergic to peanuts and soybeans, which are both legumes. On a scale of 1-6 (according to his RAST tests) he's a 6 for peanuts (which he has only had minor reactions with) and 4 for soy (where he reacts from just touching pure soy.
Frankly, I'm not going to count on him outgrowing either one. It would be desireable certainly, but I'm not a bookie, and so far what "usually happens" hasn't happened with Jason.
No one is going to be able to tell you for certain whether your child will outgrow either allergy... they can tell you that he is likely to outgrow an allergy, but there's no guarantee.
So far the only allergy that Jason has outgrown is milk. He's still allergic to a myriad of other common foods.
On Oct 19, 2001
I am PA/TNA and also slightly allergic to peas, never more than a tingling or swelling of my lips. My PA/TNA allergy is very severe, I actually had a reaction last week and had to go to the ER. Was something in an egg roll, first time I ever had a problem with Chinese food.
Back to peas, I have eaten peas in say a stew without a problem, I guess I may have outgrown this (I am 47), but do not have the courage to eat a forkful of peas.
On Nov 7, 2001
In April, my 13 month old reacted with hives and croupy cough/difficulty breathing to peas. This was his second reaction like this. The first was two weeks prior to eggs.
As of October, my now 19 month old miraculously outgrew his pea allergy as well as his egg in a record six months! I'm still in shock. According to his rast, the peas were negative. He never had skin testing though. We did not do a challenge for peas and I have been reluctant to give them to him. My husband was more brave than I and did it. No reaction. He loved them! I'm still cautious but so far so good.
As for the egg, he was officially challenged in the doctor's office and came thru completely fine!
His peanut is also very low at a 1, which is awesome. Considering he's never eaten a peanut there is a slight chance he'll outgrow it. Keeping our fingers crossed!
On Nov 8, 2001
My PA son reacts to peas but nothing compared to peanuts. While we do not have peanut products in our house and no one on the house eats peanuts we do have peas around. The rest of us do eat peas. We have them on a night when PA son is gone.