I think I have a PA

Posted on: Sun, 08/09/2009 - 8:24pm
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Greetings to everyone on this site. I'm here because yesterday I had a life changing reaction to peanut butter. I've eaten peanuts all of my life. Within the last year I noticed a slight tightness in my throat when I ate shelled peanuts. I stopped eating them but kept eating peanut butter on my toast with no reaction. Yesterday morning I finished my toast and as soon as I was done I broke out in hives all over. Long story short I was taken by ambulance to the ER where they told my wife I almost died. At 48 years old it's a bit strange to think I now have to watch everything I eat. I guess the bright side is I should finally shed a few pounds....I hope.

Posted on: Sun, 08/09/2009 - 11:50pm
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paladin,
Welcome to peanutallergy.com-I'm glad you found us but certainly not glad under the circumstances you just described. How frightening!
I hope you were given an epi pen and are able to make an appointment with an allergist. It's crucial that even adults carry epi pens with them.
Thank you for sharing your story. It shows that even adults can get a diagnosis later in life too..no matter how strange that seems.
Hope you are feeling better!
Ruth

Posted on: Wed, 08/26/2009 - 9:32am
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Hi There
Glad you are alright...
I hope you get an appointment with an allergist soon. If it isn't for a while I would call and ask for a presciption for an epi just in case..
My best advice is start reading food labels and alway.. always keep benadrl and Epi pen with you..
Welcome

Posted on: Wed, 08/26/2009 - 11:57pm
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Sorry you are joining us and welcome.
I would agree with the two other writers but add something. It usually takes a good while to get an appointment with a good allergist. Hit the library or book store and check out one of the better books on food allergies so you can learn the ins and outs. The Peanut Allergy Answer book and Food Allergies for Dummies are two good ones. I will point out before you read them most are written to the parents of kids with food allergies.
Take care of yourself. Adjusting to food allergies can be a hard adjustment.

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