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Posted on: Tue, 11/02/1999 - 1:21am
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Whenever I get frightened about my daughter's PA, I try to consider how few people in the US actually die each year from the allergy. I believe the estimate is around 125. Does anyone have valid statistics about how many Americans have a severe form of the allergy? I would like to know for my own peace of mind. (Reading these posts can be quite traumatic. The allergy is so scary and unpredictable.) Please, if you have any information, share it here. Also, on my daughter's first and only exposure, she developed hives and swelling of the eyes. Has anyone ever experienced this type of a reaction and then had a similar subsequent reaction? I guess my question is this: What are the odds that her next reaction will be just hives and swelling. If anyone out there has first hand experience, please let me know. Thank you so much. (If you have very scary news for me, please don't share it. I don't think I can handle it)

Posted on: Tue, 01/18/2000 - 2:11am
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Glad you posted this, I came to ask if someone could contact FAN to find out what the Good House Keeping Magazine article Feb. 2000 called "celery in that tuna" stats are all about which the article (I am told) states come from The Food Allergy Network). The article I am told is by Lisa Collier Cool. Someone just called here to see if it was a new study because in the article they saw that it was 6 to 7 million up 50% more than previous. This again is what they told me they read in the article. If anyone can work on this and post what the stats refer to, if this is a new study or if the magazine got it right etc. or let me know by e mail etc. please do. I have not seen the article yet but will today and your work will help.
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Posted on: Tue, 01/18/2000 - 6:59am
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I believe FAN has always reported that food allergies affected 1% of this countries population. (My "handy dandy food allergy notebook" is with my daughter's preschool director now so I cannot refer to it.)But I will say this for sure, food allergies including potentially fatal food allergies are MOST CERTAINLY UNDER REPORTED. The more I talk about it in public (which is every chance I get)I am amazed at all the people I run into that are allergic or know someone who is allergic. A big percentage of these people don't carry epi-pens, haven't heard of FAN or even have an Allergist. They may have had swelling, hives, tightness, taken Benadryl and been fine and then avoided the offending food but never sought out medical treatment. Or they've even been treated at an ER sent home with no further explanation. I try to do on the spot education but most don't seem to realize the potential severity of their condition.
I really believe there are many more children and adults alike with food allergies. They need to be reached. We need to get the word out. And very important to get them to formally register their allergies with the FAN registry: the more people the stronger our voice!
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Posted on: Wed, 01/19/2000 - 5:04am
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Link to web page on FAN site which has stats, but want to be sure it is the most recent info they have released [url="http://www.foodallergy.org/media.html"]http://www.foodallergy.org/media.html[/url]
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Posted on: Wed, 01/19/2000 - 8:30am
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You have raised a good point about under-reported allergies. My sister Becky has a potentially fatal allergy to spinach and to eggplant. She does not carry an epi-pen and does not have an allergist. I am on her case about this. I myself have a potentially fatal food allergy too. My allergy is to whole fruits. There is some enzyme in (some) whole fruits which at the least makes my mouth sore, at worst makes my throat close. That happened only once and I simply avoid the food. It is an easy food to avoid. Not a big deal. I can eat all of the offending fruits if they are cooked. I don't have an allergist for myself at this time. Another sister, Lucky, has a peanut allergy, not as severe as my sons, but she has a serious latex allergy. Although neither of these is fatal that we know of, either one could be at any time. I just thought you might find this interesting.
andrea

Posted on: Fri, 03/03/2000 - 2:46pm
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My neighbor is a respiratory therapist. He recently read an article that 4% of the U.S. pop. is the new statistic. I do not know his source.

Posted on: Sat, 03/04/2000 - 4:20am
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Last time I checked the statistics of ANAPHYLAXIS allergy was to a maximum of 2% of the population. This stat reflect ALL forms on anaphylaxis, not just pa. Peanuts is one of the seven most common causes of anaphylaxis. Others include nuts, milk, shellfish,sesame,soya.

Posted on: Tue, 11/02/1999 - 2:13am
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Hi Tina...
I don't have any statistical information. About your daughter's reactions...what type of exposure did she have? Was her reaction from eating? touch? smell? How quickly did she show symptoms? The information you get from analyzing the exposure/reaction/recovery is what helps you (and all of us) understand what might or could happen the next time.
Most allergists say that the body becomes more sensitized with each exposure, therefore minimizing the number of exposures is critical to the reaction severity (in theory). There are lots of experiences that show a mild reaction following a severe one!!
I don't want to scare you, but to be able to help your daughter you need to learn everything you can..even the most horrible facts. Although they seem overwhelming at first they can also be a suprising source of inspiration. For example, after reading the posts on this website I am thankful that my daughter only has peanut allergies. It could be much worse! My heart and prayers go out to the others that have multiple allergies to deal with. I believe God only gives us what we can handle and He knows I have my hands full with just peanuts!!!
I hope your daughter stays safe...I believe you are stronger than you know and you will be able to handle this...take care...

Posted on: Tue, 11/02/1999 - 3:36am
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Actually, her reactions were from eating two ritz crackers covered with peanut butter. She seemed to like the first cracker, so I gave her a second one. That's when the reaction began immediately. Just a few hives around her mouth and cheeks. Within minutes, her eyes swelled shut. She had no breathing problems. We immediately rushed her to the ER, but they did not see her for about 30-45 minutes. By then, her symptoms were almost gone. By the time we got home from the hospital, her face had completely cleared up. No medication was given. This was her only exposure.

Posted on: Sun, 11/21/1999 - 3:54pm
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Hi!
Just to share with you my son's story. I don't have very scary news but I do urge caution. His first reaction was with a teaspoon of peanut butter. He turned red and cried and we didn't even recognize it as an allergic reaction. I don't have any allergies at all and so I thought he was tired. The second time he had peanut butter on a celery stick. His face looked a little red and puffy after eating it. We were eating with other people and nobody else noticed much of a change in him either. Nine hours later, his lungs were closing up and we were in the hospital for two days. There was a difference between the first and second reaction but we had plenty of time to get him to the hospital.
You probably need to get a RAST test to get a really good idea of how allergic you daught is. My son was 5500 on his RAST two years ago. I don't get skin test because a. its a peanut exposure b. it hurts longer than drawing blood does. Hope my son's story helps you.
Lara

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