Quick Reaction Poll

Posted on: Mon, 04/05/2004 - 5:52am
jennk1's picture
Joined: 03/31/2004 - 09:00

I just want to do a quick survey so I can be more aware of what to watch out for and be prepared for:

1. What were your (or your child's) last reactions caused by? (i.e. cross contamination @ restaurant, trace amounts in packaged crackers, etc.)
2. What were the symptoms of the reactions?
(i.e. breathing trouble, hives, etc.)

Here are my answers:

1. peanut butter on toast (didn't know he was allergic yet)
2. hives on face and eyes swelling.

Thanks for your help.


Posted on: Mon, 04/05/2004 - 7:18am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

Last reaction, 8 months ago:
my (then) eight year old reacted to a brownie made from a Ghirardelli mix that was produced on the same line as a nut containing variety. (She is tna and pa.) She felt very nauseous and threw up within about 1/2 an hour.

Posted on: Mon, 04/05/2004 - 7:39am
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

1) my last ingestion reaction was due to a piece of marzipan on top of a birthday cake (in the early 1980s)
2) roof of mouth was incredibly itchy immediately... followed by major hives.. followed by nausea several hours later

Posted on: Mon, 04/05/2004 - 11:29am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Last reaction, a year ago December, at the age of 7. Anaphylactic. To residue which he touched his hands to and either then touched his mouth or nose and it entered his body.
Difficulty breathing (asked for his asthma puffers), threw up, large hives on his face and some facial swelling, then hives all over his body.
It was his fifth reaction, third anaphylactic one.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 04/05/2004 - 11:52pm
katiee's picture
Joined: 05/09/2001 - 09:00

Wade's last serious reaction was May 2002. We believe it was an airborne reaction to heated Asian appetizers served before the reception (we thought it was the french fries he ate from a meal we brought with us, it was tested and no trace of peanut found).
Symptoms: itchy mouth and throat, panic, vomitting (huge amount), loss of consciousness. Absolutely no hives. Scarry. Treated with epipen and Benadryl with further treatment in hospital ER.
He had another minor airborne reaction last year at a loccal park from the smell of a peanut butter sandw. He had no idea he was near one either.
Symptoms: Serious asthma attack, fortunately, after taking him away from the area it got better and only required Benadryl and ventolin.
Take care,

Posted on: Tue, 04/06/2004 - 2:26am
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

DS last reaction was Halloween 2002.
Airborne. His calculus teacher handed out Reeses candies to the class before his. When DS got into the room he did not smell peanuts but his airway got swollen almost immediately.
He used his epi pen, took a Benadryl and called me. I took him to the ER where they ignored us for four hours.
In retrospect I THINK we over-reacted. I think leaving the room, taking a Benadryl and coming home would have been enough.
I bullied the ER doc into a Medrol dose pack (7 days of steroids) and that made DS so sick.
I am not willing to wait-and-see and taught DS that also but looking at the exposure and how long it lasted and how quickly he left the room I really think he could have done fine without the epi and the ER.
We/He learned. That's all that matters right now.

Posted on: Tue, 04/06/2004 - 3:53am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Last reaction I remember having was June 2003. (Might have had one more recent - I tell ya, my brain is fried. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img] )
Anyway, the reaction last June was to a smudge of *may contain* food that was on my coffee cup (at my own home).
I had stomach cramps, hives, itchy gums, and (I think my nose felt swollen inside). Took benedryl, the symptoms cleared, then about a half-hour later I took a deep breath, and suddenly realized I hadn't been able to. After that, I was hoarse.
Erik, you said your last *ingestion reaction* was in 1980. Have you had any reactions since then?

Posted on: Tue, 04/06/2004 - 4:58am
pgrubbs's picture
Joined: 10/27/2003 - 09:00

Before we had a PA dx- chinese food- nothing with peanuts or peanut oil at the table so probably cross contamination. She had eaten Chinese a million times before.
Lips swollen, asthma attack, vomiting...since 3 body sstems should have used epi and gone ER but did not know...

Posted on: Tue, 04/06/2004 - 6:00am
attlun's picture
Joined: 06/13/2003 - 09:00

Trevor's last reaction was about a month or two ago, we assume must have been from residue of some sort at chuckie cheese. Hives only. Gave Benadryl.
Last serious reaction before that was anaphylactic, hives, throat swelling, coughing, etc. to a bite of oatmeal cookie with pb in it.
Used epi, further treatment at ER. That was June of 2003.
Trevor age 2 -PA
Harmony age 1 -KNA
It's a BOY!!! due June 24, 2004

Posted on: Tue, 04/06/2004 - 10:47am
CVRTBB's picture
Joined: 11/23/2001 - 09:00

Timmy's last reaction was just a week and a half ago. We made 2 trips to the E.R. that week from the same source. Residue from a bunch of children's hands who had eaten Reese's cups at a basketball game got all over some basketball's and Timmy played with one on Saturday... first trip to the ER. Then on Wednesday night during church the kids played in the gym with the same basketball's and Timmy "forgot" that I told him not to play with them [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] Second trip to the ER. With both reactions he had an asthma attack, his lips and mouth swelled slightly and he was very panicky. Both times I gave him benedryl and took him to the ER but did not give epi because he didn't seem to be having as difficult time of breathing as he seemed to think... I think it was more panic on his part. His sats were 97 so his airways were definately not closed off. The first trip to the ER ended with us leaving after a breathing treatment and the Dr not being able to re-examine him because he forgot and ate a huge handful of peanuts! (He realized what he did and would not come back into the room- talked to me from the hall and had the nurse reprint all the discharge papers because he had touched the first ones... all this scared the daylights out of me!)
Anyway... thats the last reaction.

Posted on: Wed, 04/07/2004 - 9:34am
jennk1's picture
Joined: 03/31/2004 - 09:00

Wow, thanks for all the responses. I'm shocked at how many reactions were caused cross contamination in unusual ways. I wouldn't have thought to worry about my son having a reaction to peanut residue on tables and play equipment. Yikes. I wonder how common it is to have such strong reactions to trace amounts... Sometimes I wonder if the typical member of this website has more severe allergies than the "average" PA person? Maybe not, now I'm starting to freak out!
I'd like to hear more reaction stories if you have time.
Thanks, Jennifer

Posted on: Wed, 04/07/2004 - 10:43am
Driving Me Nutty's picture
Joined: 05/01/2003 - 09:00

Jennifer, it's easy to get overwhelmed by all the stories on the boards. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] I lurked for months reading about EVERYTHING possible that [b]could[/b] affect my dd.
Another factor in a person's reaction is how many other allergens are in the system at the time of an exposure. There are some threads about 'how full a person's glass is' as that is the analogy used here.
My dd's last reaction, and thankfully most severe (knock wood), was to a possibly pb flavored dog treat that she fed my sister's dog. She started sneezing, wiping her eyes, and her face got blotchy (but not bumpy like hives). Benadryl cleared it up in 30 minutes.
~ Mom to Karissa 6/29/01 (PA>100 CAP RAST and TNA level 3) ~
[This message has been edited by Driving Me Nutty (edited April 07, 2004).]

Posted on: Tue, 04/20/2004 - 10:44am
Dunpun's picture
Joined: 01/26/2004 - 09:00

my ds's last (and hopefully never again [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]) reaction was last summer immediately after biting into one reese piece. I told him (then 3) "yes those are your smarties" which is why we no longer allow any nut products or may contains in the house.
His symptoms happen so fast, asthma, scratching at his tounge, hives around mouth & last time vomiting. He just crys and screams between weezes "the peanuts not out" he feels as if it is stuck in his throat (which would indicate some swelling as well).
It's hard when they are so small to know what they are feeling until they can describe, but I never want to see that again as he has had four reactions getting worse each time. The good thing is he has made decisions on his own not to eat something (cousin had a chocolate bar) he said no thanks because it may have peanuts.

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