Travelling Southeast Asia

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I am 33 years old and have a peanut allergy that has sent me to the ER three times since I was 15. I try to avoid peanuts at all times, but this is complicated by the fact that I lost my sense of smell from a head injury at age 14. This was my best peanut alarm before the accident. I enjoy some Asian foods, but usually avoid them because of fear of peanuts and peanut oil. I am now considering travelling to Southeast Asia...maybe Thailand, Bali, or Indonesia for a month. I am not sure if this is a wise idea. I would like to know how prevalent peanuts, peanut oil, or peanut flour are if anyone has info. What foods are safe for me? I am also concerned about carrying an Epipen with me in an area that is very anti-drug. Could it be mistaken for an illegal drug? With the language barrier, I am concerned that I could be falsely arrested or have my life-saving Epipens confiscated. Are my concerns valid or paranoia?

On Jan 4, 2001

Peanut oil- very prevelant, very common according to people I worked with who traveled to Thailand.

On Jan 4, 2001

Judd, I think your concerns are very valid. I know Thai food often has peanuts. I would consider such a trip a minefield. You must realize that PA does not affect my life on a daily basis, but I would be very concerned about going to that part of the world. I think the problems we face in the US are magnified there. I mean more peanuts, more peanut oil and more chance of miscommunication. I am not suggesting that you do not go, but I do suggest significant research before you make up your mind. Andy

On Jan 5, 2001

I too am an adult with PA. After lots of debate, I have decided to restrict my travels to those areas of the world where either english is commonly spoken or they do not use peanuts. Hence, all of Africa, and the Far East are off limits. There is still a lot of world to see...

On Jan 13, 2001

Thanks for the input. I've decided that traveling in SE Asia for me would be like someone allergic to bees vacationing at a honey farm. I'm going to do Australia and New Zealand instead. Does anyone have any warnings for me pertaining to those areas?

On Jan 13, 2001

Here's a link to an Australian food allergy site: [url="http://www.allergyfacts.org.au/alert.html"]http://www.allergyfacts.org.au/alert.html[/url]

On Jan 13, 2001

I have made it a habit to carry a "note from my doctor" stating that I have peanut allergy and that I have been directed to carry an EPI PEN at all times. It has come in handy at customs points in Europe.

On Jan 16, 2001

Hi Judd, I just want to share my mixed emotions (as the mother of a pa 6 year old daughter) regarding this thread. When I first saw your question, my heart soared! To think that my daughter may be able to even consider travelling to Asia one day; wow! One of the things that has tormented me about her allergy is that her travel will be restricted. My husband has taken several opportunities for extensive world travel; this is something that is so important in his life. I do not share that passion, but I realize that my daughter may wish to. Anyway, I think you are absolutely making the right decision by going to Australia and New Zealand instead of Southeast Asia. I am sure you will enjoy it so much, and you will feel so much safer there. However, I admire you for thinking of the possibilities. This is just one more way that I am learning from the adults who post here. Thank you!

On Jan 16, 2001

Hey There,

It is definitely a wise idea not to travel to Southeast Asia. I have a severe nut allergy, and 2 weeks ago when in Belize, my small plane landed in a cashew field, and I suffered a severe reaction that I am still recovering from. Asia has always been off limits to me. I have been to Austraila and had no problems. The west coast however, grows alot of nuts so I would stay on the east coast if you could. Hope this helps.

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Originally posted by Judd: [b]I am 33 years old and have a peanut allergy that has sent me to the ER three times since I was 15. I try to avoid peanuts at all times, but this is complicated by the fact that I lost my sense of smell from a head injury at age 14. This was my best peanut alarm before the accident. I enjoy some Asian foods, but usually avoid them because of fear of peanuts and peanut oil. I am now considering travelling to Southeast Asia...maybe Thailand, Bali, or Indonesia for a month. I am not sure if this is a wise idea. I would like to know how prevalent peanuts, peanut oil, or peanut flour are if anyone has info. What foods are safe for me? I am also concerned about carrying an Epipen with me in an area that is very anti-drug. Could it be mistaken for an illegal drug? With the language barrier, I am concerned that I could be falsely arrested or have my life-saving Epipens confiscated. Are my concerns valid or paranoia? [/b]

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