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Are all PA serious? or do some people just get hives, or other symptoms. Also, if someone touches you that ate peanuts and you get hives are you one of the more serious reactors? please help.. my son is one year old and tested positive with a skin test when he was 6 months. we have had a few possible contacts and he got hives. The other day just one hive. I cannot comfirm it was from being touched by someone eating it as he is allergic to milk, wheat and eggs.

On Dec 28, 2006

PA has been known to be unpredictable....symptoms ranging from hives to anaphylaxis with exposures. If your son is allergic, you need to find a comfort zone and make some rules about eating etc. Always carry benadryl and epi pen. We avoid may contains foods and have a peanut free house.

On Dec 28, 2006

I'm new to the PA &TNA myself. I've never had ana reaction, though I do notice that I'm getting more sensitive & my reactions are getting stronger & longer. I do have 3 epi-pens as a precaution, plus I always have benadryl on me.

I would definately suggest keeping epi-pens on you at all times or wherever your child is when you're not with him.

Good luck.

On Dec 28, 2006

severity of reactions does depend on other factors.

the amount injested,

the state of health of the allergic person at the time of accidental ingestion, ( e/g any other illness, such as viral or infections)

uncontrolled asthma can push a reaction to anaphylaxis quickly.

Alcohol or drugs in system.

For some woman a reaction may speed up if she is having a period.

Most of the above are of more concern for the teenager or adult, before you get too worried, its worth remembering that young children do grow out of some allergies.

What you have to cope with today, may not be the case in the forthcoming years with your child.

And yeah, allergies are serious. and depressing.


On Dec 28, 2006

williamsmummy- I have never heard that a reaction could be more serious if on your period! My Pa dd is very close to that age. Could you point me in the direction of where you saw that? Thanks so much.

On Dec 28, 2006

That's a new one (the menstruation connection) on me. I've heard of it in relation to nickel allergy and contact reactions, but not PA.


On Dec 29, 2006

I had a school nurse tell me that hormone changes in general affect allergies and that she sees an increase in reactions when the kids approach puberty. Don't know if it's true or not, but it makes as much sense as anything having to do with this allergy.