Should I Be Concerned? I\'m new to this allergy thing

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Hi there. I'm trying to figure out where to start. Over the past few year I started to question if I was allergic to nuts, mainly peanuts. I would just get really itchy with tiny almost whitehead pimple looking bumps. Then it seemed like any time I ate any peanuts or even other types of nuts, I would break out with occasional welts under my eyes & even a swollen eye. But that was really hit or miss.... That said, let me take you to mid Septmember.

Episode 1: I had given my 3 dd's pecans & some fruit for a snack(they don't appear to have any FA). I ate about 4 pecans, I figured I needed to stay away from peanuts mostly. Anyways, within 15 min. My face was really itchy, & I had red welts under my eyes. I then noticed a few hours later my right eye began to swell. I ended up taking 2 benadryl that night & then it took about 6 days for my eye to go back to normal. About 4 days after my reaction I had to take my youngest dd for her check up & I told the dr. about what happened & he prescribed me 2 epi-pens. (I've also gone to him as my dr.)

Episode 2: I had eaten some snyder's pretzels(which are processed in a nut environment) & I didn't think I would be that sensitive. About 40 min. later, my nose got really itchy, but again, I didn't think much of it. So, after that we go out to dinner. I ordered my usual grilled chkn. salad, which they don't prepare in any nut oil, & I started getting more itchy. I talked with the waitress & asked her to go check the ingredient list on the dressing. She then informs me that the person who makes the salads wears gloves, but the walnuts are next to the salad & she may have touched the nuts before preparing the salad.

So, I went home & I started getting more ithcy & got some more of the little whitehead bumps. I had to take 2 benadryl which seemed to help. No swelling occured, but I realized my reaction got much more sensitive, especially where I didn't even eat nuts directly.

Episode 3: Last weekend I was kissing my newest little nephew(who is absolutely adorable), & about 40 min. later I started itching & getting little whitehead bumps. I realized that my sister had eaten a tsp. of peanut butter before I had held him & she had also smooched on him. I had to take benadryl that night, but the next a.m. I woke up with welts under my eyes & my right eye was swollen again.

I'm sorry this is so long, but part of me feels like this is a warning, but then I wonder if it is likely to ever turn into anaphalaxis?

Should I be concerned? Part of me also feels overwhelmed & in denial that it could be that bad.

On Nov 4, 2006

Yeah, you should definitely be concerned. No one can predict how severe a reaction will be based on previous reactions. I'd say to make sure that you have both epis with you at all times---and to be sure that you know how to use them (pharmacists are great for that. While an allergist would definitely know how to operate an epi, family doctors (in my experience) don't always remember).

Also, did your allergist discuss an "action plan" with you? Most allergists will say to take the epipen first and then call 9-1-1 if you've ingested something to which you are reacting. Benadryl can help, but it can also mask a more severe reaction (which could start up again later). The epipen has a greater chance of reversing the reaction if taken before the reaction becomes too severe.

On Nov 4, 2006

Thankyou. I actually called peanut allergy.com's # & talked with Chris. He was very helpful & spent a lot of time talking with me about Pre-planning. I'm scheduled for a regular dr's. apt. on this Mon. Then on 11/27 I have an allergy test scheduled with an allergist.

I also got a epi-pen trainer & an instructional dvd, that my DH & children watched.

Thankyou for your reply!

On Nov 4, 2006

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Originally posted by KIMMO: [b]Thankyou. I actually called peanut allergy.com's # & talked with Chris. He was very helpful & spent a lot of time talking with me about Pre-planning. I'm scheduled for a regular dr's. apt. on this Mon. Then on 11/27 I have an allergy test scheduled with an allergist.

I also got a epi-pen trainer & an instructional dvd, that my DH & children watched.

Thankyou for your reply![/b]

hi and welcome [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

I am an adult with PA/TNA, grew up my entire life with it.

I just wanted to add, that if you are that sensitive (to traces and contact), that your DH should watch what he eats too. In the Adults with PA forum, buried somewhere (I'll try to reraise it) is a rather adult view on some non-traditional ways to have a reaction from someone you are intimate with. Some on here (including myself) have had (what I like to call) "secondary contact" with peanut/nut/sesame protein via someone else who ate them - through sweat, saliva, or other fluids.

A-hem.

I'll try to reraise the thread, it's in the Adults forum (for obvious reasons).

Adrienne [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

------------------ 30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

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