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Posted on: Fri, 11/01/2002 - 2:58pm
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My PA son suffers from ecema, runny nose, and lots of gas pains. He is 21 months old. I know he is allergic to eggs as well. What is our best treatment when subtle symptoms present? Benadryl? Is it the egg that is most likely the gas culprit? Any help would be much appreciated.

Posted on: Fri, 11/01/2002 - 10:50pm
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I read in your intro post that he may have been eating candy corn. I don't think candy corn is peanut free. I'm not sure if it is egg free either.
In your post above, you wondered about egg - are you completely avoiding egg & products with egg in it with him being allergic to it?

Posted on: Sat, 11/02/2002 - 12:50am
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Boy does this bring back memories! My daughter now seven used to get tons of gas when she was a baby and toddler as her main symptom of food allergies. Now her symtoms are more obvious. Have you been to an allergist? I think it`s really important to do that and get your child skin tested. I am assuming you are not breast feeding, but if you are then the gas might have to do with your diet. Definitely you should avoid giving your child egg in any form and read all ingredients. Even cooked egg can cause a reaction, for example in cookies or cake. About the candy corn, I have read it many times. Every brand I have seen here in Los Angeles either has egg or is on shared equipment with peanuts(Brach`s). I`m not sure if your child is allergic to peanuts also from your post.

Posted on: Sat, 11/02/2002 - 6:48am
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We are trying to completly avoid eggs both the yolk and whites. We do read all labling. We are concerned about what we are still missing. For Jake is still has gas not as bad though, and he still has ecema. We did see an allergist about 5 months ago. That is how we discovered the peanut and egg allergies.

Posted on: Sat, 11/02/2002 - 2:01pm
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Briz:
I know that you posted late last night about the candy your little son had been given and the bad gas pains he was having. How did he seem today - I was thinking about him alot today, wondering how he was doing?

Posted on: Sat, 11/02/2002 - 11:11pm
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Thank you for asking and following up on us. Jake is doing much better. we did give antihistamine and seems to be doing much better. We will be talking to our allergist this week.

Posted on: Thu, 03/30/2006 - 3:35am
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Well, I'm far from an expert, but in "real life" I know 5 people/kids with peanut allergies and none of them have ever had an ana. reaction. I'm with you . . .I always have the epi and benedryl, but I am encouraged that so far I've haven't had to use them.
Another thing to notice is that this board probably has a higher "severe reaction %" then the "general population". I mean, people who hang out at peanutallergy.com probably have a reason to. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 03/30/2006 - 3:54am
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I would guess the people here, are the ones that are MORE aware of their surroundings, the ones that need the 'most help', kwim?
The best of the best some might say [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Prepare for the worst.
Hope for the best.
And every yr, when the epi pen rx needs to be renewed, rejoice that the old one was never used, and pick an unsuspecting orange from your fruit bin, which has now become your anaphylactic test fruit [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 03/30/2006 - 5:53am
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What Jason said. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Seriously, we keep expired epis like TROPHIES. I think we ought to get an annual vacation from our HMO for not spending their money at the ER. I will never use my daughter's first one, I have vowed...kind of like a small business' very first buck of profit, you know? The others are for practice.
It is true that even most of our reactions are not major ones. But we are careful enough that my DD's reactions are truly [i]unavoidable[/i] even with hindsight liberally applied. I do think that the majority of the long-time regulars on the board probably have experience with: a) a very low threshold for reactivity, and/or b) a history of very severe/rapid reactions. We also tend to be dealing with MFAs and asthma. So we are probably the most severely affected 20% of PA people to begin with.
We know that we will never have a totally reaction-free year. We have to live with just avoiding the ER. Eventually you reach this weird plateau mentally where you know each day could be [i]the day[/i]. But it no longer really registers as "stress." You have a comfort zone and you don't step out of it without thinking very very carefully about what you are doing.
You also listen to your instincts, even when it seems crazy. (For example, asking about tomato soup or whether or not there will be food at a library-sponsored event, knowing that so-and-so's house just isn't safe no matter what they say...)
But yes, once you get, er, "good" at this, (I will bitterly regret having used [i]that[/i] term, I am sure.... Murphy's law and all....) then most of your reactions tend to be mild. Benedryl moments from casual exposure. What it takes to get there is what is different for different people. For my daughter, this requires a [i]crazy[/i] level of careful, at least to everyone else.

Posted on: Thu, 03/30/2006 - 6:40am
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[b]My understanding is that most PA reactions are not anaphalactic...is that true?[/b]
I don't know if there are statistics that address this, but my guess would be that it is true -- but I could be wrong. The main thing is that reactions don't give you forewarning about whether it is going to be anaphylactic or not. Yes, I would guess that if my son ate a peanut, he would have an anaphylactic reacion -- but he might also have one without deliberate ingestion. He could go into anaphylaxis because he took a sip off of one of his friend's drinks who had eaten PB&J. You never know -- the allergy is random, can be severe or mild, can create secondary reactions that are more severe than the first, and test numbers can fluctuate all over - many of which still open to producing an anaphylactic reaction.
And, just to add, I am not here as a result of being in the percentage whose children have experienced full on anaphylaxis. With both children, their first reactions were the worst -- but still treatable with Benedryl. We have many Epi-pens that are used for practice -- which I am very thankful for. But, for me, I found it disconcerting to me, that the few people I came across who had FA's touch their lives somehow, didn't take them as seriously I do -- except for one person(but who still has a looser comfort zone). Our comfort zone is tight. I do know that there is a real possibility that any day, at any time, I could get 'the call' from school. It is hard to think about, hard to face, hard to live with the knowledge that some random particle of food could kill your child. It is in my mind all the time. And I am here, because there are people here that understand that, know it and live it too.

Posted on: Thu, 03/30/2006 - 9:50am
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I don't know of any statistics either...
But here's what's helped me with the daily worrying about serious reactions. Over the past 3 years, we've worked out a comfort zone, we've expanded what my son knows in terms of keeping himself safe(he'll be turning 4 in May), and I learn every day something new that can help him, which helps me stay calm.
When we enter a new situation, my anxiety gets much worse. For example, we started preschool this year, high anxiety. But all's good, so I've leveled off quite a bit.
Like gvmom, we haven't experienced full blown anaphylaxis from peanut ingestion. But, he's never actually taken a bite from something with peanuts in it. But we have dealt with 2 peanut reactions, 1 from contact (mild hives), and 1 from residue from another child's cup. Both resolved without epipen...but with the 2nd one, the epi was out and ready to go, looking at the clock, I felt it was borderline anaphylactic.
Based on his milk allergy reactions, and peanut test scores, I'm always mentally ready (I hope!) for an anaphylactic reaction, and I've learned to live with it. I sleep at night, it no longer is on my mind every waking moment. You'll get there! Meg

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