why do so many pa kids have asthma?

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i dont know i check the boards sometimes when im bored and just read whats going on but it seems like 90% of u that have pa kids are also plagued with the fact that their asmathic too..

On Jul 4, 2001

When my PA daighter was younger, she had a heck of a time with asthma. We could count on a trip to the ER about every 2-3 months. I then made a startling discovery...that her food allergies extended beyond just PA but to the entire legume family,,,beans, soy, etc. Once we discovered this, we changed her diet to eliminate all legumes. Once we made this change, she hasn't been to the hospital and her asthma has been practically eliminated. She has occasional problems with the season changes in spring and fall. I made this discovery 6 years ago. I am convinced that what is considered "asthma" in allergic kids is often a further extension of their allergic reactions. But, I discovered this...not the physicians at a world renown children's hospital. I don't say this to brag, I say this to point out that we often know our kids better than the clinicians treating them. I would urge any parent of a child w/ asthma to think more broadly about other potential food allergies. In my daughters case, she would have something from the lgume family and it would gradually present itself in asthma like symptoms in 48 hours. I hope this is helpful to folks. Would be glad to give more specifics.

On Jul 4, 2001

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On Jul 5, 2001

I have been aggravated by my son's asthma diagnosis. From 18 mox. to 3 years, he had several mild to moderate asthma attacks. Not once was a food allergy ever brought to my attention even though he had other tipoffs like severe eczema while being exclusively breastfed. Even after I suspected a peanut allergy, initially the doctor seemed skeptical. However, once we removed the allergen, voila! The asthma symptoms disappeared. He had an asthma attack a week before diagnosis in October 1999 (around Halloween with all that candy) and hasn't had one since. Our pediatrician is still not convinced. He said, "Oh, sometimes kids have good years and bad years with their asthma." But isn't it quite a coincidence that the asthma attacks simply stopped, and he hasn't experienced one since then.

On Jul 5, 2001

Mathew, I find that the majority of posts come from parents whose children have whose children have multiple immune system issues i.e. multiple food allergies, eczema, asthma. I would guess that the more sensitive a child is, the more questions and concerns a parent may have. My daughter with PA is only allergic to peanuts and has no other health issues.

I have seen a few other posts from you and just want to let you know that as a mom, although my daughter's allergy is something that I think about every day, I am not consumed with fear or worry. I actually consider myself very lucky that she is a healthy, energic, smart child.

On Jul 5, 2001

My allergist told me that peanut allergy is an atopic illness therefore we should "expect" Philip to be asthmatic and possibly suffer from skin problems, i.e. eczema as these are also atopic illnesses.

On Jul 5, 2001

My 13-month pa son also has asthma. When I found out about the PA last week, I also found out he is allergic to cats -- we have 2 indoor. I'm sure that's one of the reasons we're constantly dealing with his asthma. We're now looking for a new home for kitties. How sad I am -- but his health comes first.

On Jul 23, 2001

Ryan's Mom:

I completely understand how you feel. My son was moderately to severely asmatic from 6 months to five years old before anyone referred him for allergy testing. When I found out he was PA, his very excellent allergist gave me a slew of medications "just in case" he had another attack, but told me the peanut free, cat-free life should do the trick. It's been almost 5 months now and not one WHEEZE! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] In fact, *I've* had more allergies this spring/summer than he has!

To the original question of this subject: Asthma is often a direct SYMPTOM of a food allergy, and once the allergen is eliminated, there is no asthma anymore.


[quote]Originally posted by ryan's mom: [B]I have been aggravated by my son's asthma diagnosis.

On Jul 23, 2001

Woah Nelly! Are you telling me that if we eliminate peanut from Philip's environment that he won't have asthma problems? I hope that is not what you are saying. We have been peanut free in his environment for 2 years now yet every winter his "borderline" asthma symptoms flare with each and every cold. As I understand it if someone is allergic AND has asthma they are at greater risk for serious reactions that involve the respiratory system. Beyond that I don't think eliminating the allergen eliminates the asthma.

Basically Philip is on and off sick from December through May and completely healthy the rest of the year. His contact reactions to the allergen have occurred in the summer and spring when we are frequently out and about. He does not suffer any asthma symptoms from contact reactions.

On Jul 23, 2001

Hi Everyone... My PA son is also allergic to cats. I always had a gut feeling he was allergic to them (we don't have them but his Grandma does) as he would get an itchy nose every so often when he was little after rolling around on her living room floor. Her cats don't come in the house much, only when it gets really cold in the winter so it took me a while to figure it out. When he went for his check-up with his allergist this past spring he was scratch tested for cats and he was definitely allergic. Glad it was officially diagnosed so now I know I am not crazy, and now my dear mother-in-law keeps her cats out of the house no matter how cold it gets (I have never been one to like cats in the first place - sorry to those who like them!). He has never been diagnosed as having asthma, however, when he does get sick, it is usually a seasonal allergy flare up that ends up making him "wheezy". I have always had this gut feeling also that he could have a slight case of asthma, but I am in denial I guess as I am hoping he could at least avoid one thing!

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On Jul 24, 2001

Philips's Mom,

In some cases, yes, I do believe peanuts are the source of the asthma attacks. It really depends on the child. Eliminating peanuts really has changed my son--healthwise and personality wise. It was amazing. We're almost at the 2-year mark with no asthma attacks.

Also, he used to take Claritin the entire allergy season in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. However, we've have only needed to use Claritin about a week or two during the past two years since his diagnosis.

I keep hoping this trend will continue. I believe it will, but I also know there is a possibility it may not.

On Jul 24, 2001

Well, in my case, identifying my own allergen (cow's milk) and eliminating it was enough to make my asthma disappear. I only recently found out I was milk allergic because my baby was allergic to milk/soy/peanuts/cashews so I eliminated them all - he was reacting to all through my breastmilk. Well, 2 years later I'm feeling so much healthier. I am breathing so much easier, I've lost 40 pounds, less phlegm, etc. Looking back at my past, there were clues about my allergy but no one ever picked up on it. So I agree, for some individuals, the food allergy is the root cause of the asthma. I wish medical professionals would be more aware of this possibility - they write off asthma, eczema, colic, etc as "unexplained" when there is such a common tie with these symptoms and food allergies.

Great topic here! Emily mom to Corey Andrew, 27 mos and EDD 10/18

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On Jul 24, 2001

To answer Mathew Ls' original question a possible reason that many PA kids are also asthmatic is because of pre-disposition. I quote from Dr. Michael Youngs' The Peanut Allergy Answer book.

"* Peanut allergy is more common in an individual who has other allergic diseases, such as hay fever, asthma, or eczema, and is more common in close relatives such as siblings, parents, and other relatives who have allergic diseases."

"*Parents with allergic diseases will have children at higher risk of developing allergic disease, including food allergy."

So it almost sounds like "what came first the chicken or the egg?" Yes I do agree that food allergies cause asthma but so do environmental allergies and also just a plain ol' disposition to it. In my son Mikes' case, he was allergic to milk which exhaserbated his asthma, eliminated it and it helped. Ragweed season comes around and all hell breaks loose with his asthma. He will also have bouts of asthma other times because he is pre-disposed to it. My husband has many allergies and takes singulair for his asthma and my mom had severe chronic bronchial asthma and many allergies so Mike was pretty much doomed.

Making a statement like eliminate the food is not accurate enough. It all depends on the individual and the etiology of their particular asthma.

This is not necessarily very scientific but my feeling also is that we are pumping so much crap in the air i.e. pollution, deoderants,industrial waste etc. that asthma is on the rise regardless of PA.

B-Well!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] Fran

On Jul 25, 2001

Hi All This is only the third or fourth time that I have been on this site and feel like I have learned alot already. I also feel a little ashamed to admit that I know so little about PA, when I have a 3 Yo PA son. I found out about his PA at 5 months. Not only that but right around the same time I found out that he had asthma and developed severe excema. Always thought that there was a connection and recently when I begin researching PA more I was found out I was right. Now I am left wondering is there more that I am missing as to what my son may also be allergic to? I was curious if anyone else knew of a good way to keep records to figure out if there are other food intollerances that could be triggering the asthma or the excema? Also does anyone else out there have more than one child that is PA? Or did anyone else have their other children tested?

Thanks for all the info. Amy