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When my oldest daughter, (now 8), was three, she was diagnosed with pnuemonia. She was given chest x-rays, breathing treatments, blood cultures, and antibiotics. Then it seemed that as soon as the pnuemonia was gone, it would come back again. Finally we were given our own nebulizer for breathing treatments. My daughter had an upper GI to find the cause of her problems, but nohting significant came of it. The pnuemonia continued off and on. Four years later when she was 7, I was trying out a new recipe--cashew chicken. My daughter ate one fourth of a cashew to see if she liked it. Within minutes she was complaining that her throat "felt weird." I told her to drink water. Then her throat started itching. Then she complained of a stomach ache and ate only rice for dinner. Thirty minutes after ingesting the cashew piece, she vomited and then was fine. At that point we stopped feeding her the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches she had eaten all of her life, plus all other nut products and the pnuemonia stopped. Two weeks ago she ate at Chik-Fil-A, who fries with peanut oil and developed bronchitis. She is on treatments three times daily. The pediatrician put her on prednisone, Cefzil, and Claritin.

Yesterday she was given a bag of trail mix, and the caregiver had "removed" the nuts. Guess what? She had a rash covering the backs of both hands, and woke up having dry heaves. That is WITH Claritin. She will be having her first allergy testing in Mid-July.

This thing gets bigger all the time. I wonder how many other children who have chronic coughs, etc., have nut allergies and don't even know it?

Thanks for your web page. It's nice to know I'm not alone.

On Jun 17, 1999


I just want to mention that it is very common for asthma to be mis-diagnosed as bronchitis or pneumonia. The big difference is if you get a fever - and even then most doctors won't diagnose either bronchitis or pneumonia without an x-ray.

My son's main trigger for his severe asthma is a virus. So he gets a cold or flu, has a runny nose, fever, etc. but then develops a very bad cough with lots of phlegm which is really ASTHMA not bronchitis or pneumonia - even though he gets x-rayed. So he ends up with asthma meds - nebulizer, prednisone, ventolin, but no antibiotics.

I also want to mention something else - cahews are actually related to tree nuts so if your daughter has reacted to a cashew she is likely to be allergic to walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, etc. Peanuts are legumes and in a different family. Of course, this doesn't mean that she is not allergic to peanuts as well as tree nuts.

Take care


On Jun 17, 1999

Being allergic to one tree nut does not mean that you are allergic to all tree nuts.

If you have one food allergy you are predisposed to others.

[This message has been edited by SteveW (edited June 18, 1999).]

On Jun 17, 1999

Hi, its a good idea when you get tested to ask for testing for each tree nut ( pine nuts, cashews, walnuts, brazil nuts, almonds, hazelnuts etc.) and to peanuts. Some people are allergic to only one kind, while others like my brother and son react to all tree nuts and to peanuts also. Take care.

On Jun 27, 1999

Hi Corine. You asked if there was any one out there who had an on going cough that turned out to be a nut allergy and the answer is yes. My daughter Jennifer is 4 1/2 years old now and is finally not coughing all day long. Her cough does not come back or get worse durring meal time either. It took swithching dr. since our first shurgged his shoulders when I suggested a peanut allergy, and offered a fourth or fifth different codine cough syurp. When I said that I didin't hold any hope that this would work any better, he told me that we shouldn't be getting out the big guns as she would need to stay on them for a long time. Our new dr. met my daughter for a sick visit and heard her cough and almost accused me of child neglect for ignoring her cough! She started Jen on Albuterol syrup and Jen was also tested for peanut allergies within the month.

More recently, Jen had a bout of pnuemonia (with asthma complications) and was treated with a nebulizer. At the beginning of the month we got a new set of test results back showing that Jen has become more sensitive to peanuts, and is also allergic to all tree nuts (each one tested seperately), soy, peas and coconuts (which I am learning are not related to nuts at all).

Hope all is well. MaryLynn

On Jun 27, 1999

Just some info so you won't feel like your're crazy. There's a type of astham called 'cough variant asthma' where the symptoms are mainly coughing but no wheezing. A lot of doctors won't diagnose it as asthma because there's no wheezing so a lot of kids are going around without getting proper treatment. I was lucky, my ped. caught it almost right away. Besides the peanut allergy, she's on the nebulizer three times a day with both intal and abuterol. There a good site for asthma, [url=""][/url] It has a lot of good links. We have no family history of either food allergies or asthma and my daughter some how ended up with both.

On Jun 28, 1999

Our son had a strange cough as an infant that always concerned me (because you don't usually hear infants cough unless they have a cold). The pedi reassured us that it was o.k. However I am wondering if it was caused by the peanuts in my breastmilk or possibly exposure to our cat. Since both have been taken out of the house he hardly ever coughs.

------------------ Valerie

On Jun 28, 1999

Corine: My 19 month old son Sean has had 2 bouts of pneumonia and several coughing/cold episodes. He has tested positive to eggs/peanuts and more recently all tree nuts. The allergist has put him on breathing treatments 3x a day to improve his breathing since he also has asthma. Maybe somehow all this respiratory difficulty is connected. Lynda

On Jun 28, 1999

You should tell your caregiver to read all ingredients and if they contain any nuts, she should not give it to your child. Removing the nuts is not going to help because everthing has already been contaminated.


On Jun 29, 1999


Thanks for that piece of info! Again I have confirmation that changing peds was the right thing to do. I did not feel that I was crazy in thinking that my daughter should not cough year in and year out since close to 10 months old!

Barbara is right to mention cross contamination since it is a hidden way to expose children (and adults) needless to the allergin in question. My allergist informed me to throw away any open jars that you use knives or spoons to remove the contents, such as jelly and mayo. He also suggested thowing away the margerine and butter, since they could be contaminated also.