Has anyone had a reaction after shaking a person's hand upon a formal introduction, for e.g. at a business meeting? Anyone have suggestions as to a good way to respond to someone who offers a hand? Handshakes are traditionally pretty important in business meetings and often provide a significant part of "the first impression". Any thoughts on this?
On May 22, 2001
I am also interested in this subject. I noticed a thread about a month ago on the Main Discussion Board regarding this topic, but I don't think there was very much response to it (I could be wrong - that's what I recall).
With Cayley, (almost 4), I will simply teach her to do what I do. I never bring my hands near my face after I've been out of the house, whether I'm shaking someone's hand, opening doors at the local mall or just rifling through the movies at the video store. I always wash my hands as soon as I walk in the door, and until I can wash them, I never touch my mouth, nose or eyes - why do I do it? Cold germs! I read that hand to eye/nose/mouth transmission is the most efficient way for the cold virus to travel, so I'm assuming it's the same with peanut residue.
If a PA person notices hives on their hands after a handshake, they should wash right away and keep their hands FAR from their face. I think touch reactions aren't pleasant, but on their own, they don't cause anaphylaxis. That may occur if the residue on the hands got ingested somehow (eyes/nose/mouth).
Feel free to correct me, anyone, if I'm off-base on this, but I think the avoidance method to prevent transmission of cold germs would also work to prevent a severe PA reaction.
On May 22, 2001
I carry individually packaged hand wipes for Patricia so I can quickly wipe off her hands. You can find all kinds of these wipes in the store, particularly in the baby section. Some are anti-bacterial, some plain. You could also get alcohol pads individually packaged.
They easily fit into a pocket or purse, and then if you notice hives after contact with another person's hand, you could quickly wipe off your hand.
On Mar 12, 2007
I am beginning to feel as though I might become OCD over this issue.
Over the past week, I have become more aware of the possiblity of contact reactions. I have been wondering how to avoid shaking hands, but I know that it is not something that I can do comfortably without explaining my PA to every person I meet. So, I have decided that I will simply have to be much more carefull about watching where my hands go until I can wash them. It makes me a little crazy (not quite OCD yet, but definately creates some psycho-sematic itching), but for me, contact makes the difference.