Help - is it possible that this is not a Peanut Allergy

Posted on: Sun, 04/12/2009 - 9:27am
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We haven't given the kids any peanut products yet - because I have a pretty bad shellfish allergy. Some advice is that we should wait until 3 to introduce it and other advice is that waiting too long is part of the problem. Well our pedi and I discussed it and we split the difference at 18 months.

So to start with DH ate some peanuts and then kissed the kids on one cheek. We saw a few bumps come up in one place on DD but she just ate and were not convinced it was related so he kissed her again on both cheeks. This time almost immediately her skin where she had been kissed the second time got red and irritated, although the other side is fine.

She often gets red skin like that from foods she eats just fine -esp acidic foods. And like these other rashes, it was limited to where there was contact only.

She didn't itch, she sometimes gets red spots from tomatoes but eats them just fine.

She's had almonds and walnuts without a problem. And she ate one cherrio from a snack mix that said it contained peanuts but I didn't see it in the ingredients.

One other thing, she has been fighting off a virus that I was thinking she was over, but maybe she wasn't -so I don't know if it affects anything.

So far they don't eat anything that contains peanuts, but I do give them stuff if it has been processed in a plant with tree nuts. So I'm trying not to panic -is there any chance this is NOT a Peanut Allergy?

Posted on: Sun, 04/12/2009 - 10:27pm
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There is always a chance but I would get her tested to know for sure. They can do the scratch test or capRAST (a blood test). Both tests are not prefect but if they come back positive with the symptoms you have seen I think your doctor will say allergies. Believe me this is something you want to know for sure about.
A doctor is your best bet. Good luck.

Posted on: Mon, 04/13/2009 - 1:24am
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Thanks. My regular pedi is doing a capRAST today - not sure if they will include anything other than peanuts, but we will see.
I keep scouring the internet for examples of kids have a mild rash that goes away on it's own, but not a true allergy - and I'm not finding any.

Posted on: Mon, 04/13/2009 - 9:17pm
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Well, there are viral hives and there are stress hives and there are hives for absolutely no detectable reason all of which look kind of the same as food allergy hives. I am sure there are more cases and causes then I know about. But I am glad you are doing a test with a doctor.

Posted on: Tue, 04/14/2009 - 9:45am
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I believe the American Pediatric Association recommends not giving kids peanuts until age 5 if there are other food allergies in the family.

Posted on: Sat, 04/18/2009 - 11:21pm
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If your child was vaccinated or used antibiotics or other medications, there is a very good chance that he was exposed to peanuts. Medicines are not foods. They do not have to list all the ingredients on the package inserts. Peanuts can be used in the vaccine culture, peanut oil can be used in the vaccine adjuvant. And... shellfish oil is also an ingredient in some vaccine adjuvants.

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