Should I panic?

Posted on: Tue, 08/08/2000 - 1:44am
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They say it's never too late to panic, but I'm new to this pa business and need advice.
My four-year-old daughter is definitely allergic/sensitive to peanuts, although she has not been tested and her reactions have so far been restricted to hives without any respiratory difficulties.
She also gets hayfever (dust mite? pollen?) and ecsema that seems to be exacerbated by heat and certain food preservatives (so can be controlled to an extent).
I'm told there are several hundred different allergens to test for. How do you know where to start, apart from the obvious ones? What if the ones you choose are negative - is there an end to the process?
Do we need to panic about the pa? Can it become life-threatening without warning? Should we get an epi (or whatever the local brandname is) just in case?
Perhaps there is someone else out there living in a Third World country who can advise on avoiding peanuts where product labeling is virtually nonexistent.
I'd appreciate any advice I can get.

Posted on: Tue, 08/08/2000 - 2:15am
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I would advise you to have your daughter tested for allergies.... I would make sure about the PA. My son is 2 1/2 and was first diagnosised at 9 months. I carry a EpiPen and he also wears a Medic alert bracelet.
He is also allergic to Tomatoes and Eggs and has several Grass, Trees and Other allergies. I would not waist any time Get her Tested Because PA is not something to mess around with. Then once it is confirmed that she is PA then your DR should give you an EPIPEN. Then I would order her a Medic Alert Bracelet. Found at [url="http://www.medicalert.com"]www.medicalert.com[/url]
Hope this helps.
Tina and Lucas

Posted on: Tue, 08/08/2000 - 2:25am
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Hi Gina'sDad,
No, I don't think panicking is a good idea. I'm not aware of any members here from South Africa, but I might be wrong.
I found some info on the web that I think may be helpful to you. I am terrible at making links, so you may have to do this manually. The following is the website for the Allergy Society of South Africa: [url="http://www.allergysa.org"]www.allergysa.org[/url]
Their address is: PO Box 88 Observatory 7935 Cape Town. The telephone number is +27 (0) 21-4479019.
Also there is an Eczema Society. Their address is A Geers / Schering (Pty) Ltd. Freepost J H2156. Hopefully, you know what all those numbers mean because I haven't a clue [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
In general, I think getting a prescription for adrenaline (Epi-Pen) is a good idea. But your resources may be completely different than mine, so I suggest you contact these people as soon as you can. I don't know what to tell you about inadequate food labelling. Be sure to check out the "Resources" section of that website. It looks like they have a telephone number that deals with food manufactuers and food allergies.
Keep us posted as to what you find out. You may be of help to other allergies sufferers from your country who are starting out at this website, too.
And please don't be too upset over your daughter's condition. We are all in the same boat and we all know what you are going through. Email me if you need to talk or if I can help you find more info.
Jennifer
[This message has been edited by L&Mojoe (edited August 08, 2000).]

Posted on: Tue, 08/08/2000 - 2:35am
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I would not recommend panicking about anything. It makes the allergy attacks worse and it has been proven to increase the level of pain in children. You can have your child tested for things she has been exposed to and seems to have a reaction. She is exposed to dust mites all the time. If the excema and other symptoms seem worse at different seasons then she needs to be tested for the pollen out in that season. Family history can also be helpful. My son had no respiratory problems with his allergy attack with peanut and hives. He only had hives but the allergist said the peanut allergy can be deadly and we are to raise him as a peanut and nut free kid and he is to have an epi pen Jr. around at all times. You don't say what country you are from and if you have been to see and allergist. I can't help you about third word countries. Goodluck

Posted on: Tue, 08/08/2000 - 2:44am
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jrizos,
fyi: If you click on the member profile button above a person's post, sometimes people choose to tell where they are from. You are from Southampton, MA. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 08/08/2000 - 6:54am
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Wow! I got so into reading all these wonderful posts I never paid attention to that info. at the top on profiles...etc...
You people probably get really frustrated with people like me!! I guess I can go learn how to put smilies on here now!!! tkiaml

Posted on: Tue, 08/08/2000 - 12:56pm
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As a parent it is hard not to worry/panic when our children are suffering from a medical problem. You are doing the most important thing right now...educating yourself as much as possible so you can help her. Yes, have her see an allergist immediately. Peanuts and shellfish tend to be the most likely to cause anaph. shock by even casual contact (i.e., airborne, residue left on tables). An allergist will order a battery of skin tests (usually done on the back, most can be done at one time, then measure any welts that develop after about 15 min.) re. the most common allergens "after" an extensive interview with you to determine family history and the items you feel she has reacted to. A blood test (RAST) is usually done instead of skin tests if ezcema is severe. Skin tests are considered more accurate but RAST tests assign a specific number to allergen to label possible severity. Search this site for more info. on RAST vs. Skin Tests. Some doctors might also recommend an elimination diet to help pinpoint the cause. If life-threatening allergies are determined, you will be prescribed an Epi-pen Jr. for her and told to also use antihistamine (i.e. Benedryl) with it. The good news is many children outgrow allergies (especially when diagnos. as a toddler) except for peanuts and shellfish (usually considered life-long). I would suggest you see a good dermatologist for the ezcema problem if it is severe. Try not to let her sweat, this does irritate ezcema. I would also suggest you look up info. on "The Allergy Report" located on the [url="http://www.aaaai.org"]www.aaaai.org[/url] (America Asthma & Allerg. Inst.). It is a very long doc. written for the medical commun. but posted on this site to educate the public. If envir. allergies are diagnosed, the doctor will probably prescribe a nasal spray (i.e. Nasal) and an antihistamine (i.e., Clariton) and give you a long list of things to do to her bedroom/your home to help get rid of indoor allergens. Hayfever sometimes is just limited to certain times of the year when certain weeds/trees are pollenating. The doc. will ask when the symptoms occur. Good luck!
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Posted on: Thu, 08/10/2000 - 3:02am
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GinasDad,
Don't panic, but be proactive, you don't want to put your daughter in a bubble as she would miss so much of this wonderful thing called life. You should look into it with an allergist, and at the very least get an epipen as the allergy can become life threatening without much notice. It's called sensitation. By the way, your daughter can panic a little if she gets a reaction. The purpose of the epipen is to get her adreniline up (epinepherin is likened to synthetic adrenaline).

Posted on: Thu, 08/10/2000 - 6:24pm
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Thank you all for your responses. I'm now in touch with a whole load of local sites, organisations etc. If there is anything worth posting that could help someone else in a similar situation I'll do so. Meanwhile we'll get the tests done and find the appropriate medication in case of an emergency. It seems this panic business is over-rated!
Regards Gina'sdad

Posted on: Fri, 08/11/2000 - 10:19am
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L&Mojoe, Thanks for the info. You are from Waltham,MA.

Posted on: Tue, 08/15/2000 - 10:29am
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We are parents of 22 month old boy who was just today diagnosed with a peanut allergy by the local allergist. (He has hives from ingesting a cracker with peanut butter a week ago). His reaction on the skin/scratch test was a 4, which we were told was severe. We have been reading the discussions on the peanut allergy web site, and are digesting all the information. It is a bit overwelming to consider all the changes we will have to make. Dad met with our son's day care today, and was told that they did not think they could keep parents from bringing in peanut products. Is this true?? ALso, how does one determine if their allergy is airborne?? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

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