PA Adult = PA Child?

Posted on: Sun, 12/28/2003 - 11:25am
JRMitchell's picture
Joined: 08/30/2003 - 09:00

Hello! I am 31 y.o., and been PA my entire life. My husband and I are going start trying to have our first child soon. My question is this: how many parents on this forum with PA children are PA themselves? I received an article on this from my allergist (Dr. Bonner at UAB in Birmingham, AL, an absolutely fabulous human being), but I was wondering how it worked in "practical application", so to speak....thank you in advance for any input you are willing to share with me.

Julie Mitchell

Posted on: Sun, 12/28/2003 - 12:57pm
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

My dd is allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts, and cranberries. I have hay fever, mild asthma, and was allergic to avocado and walnuts but outgrew both. I am not allergic to peanuts. I recently became allergic to mango, although it may have just been oral allergy syndrome---I`m not sure. When my lips and tongue began to itch, I got the Epis and sat by the phone. It passed and I have not eaten mangos since. Her dad was allergic to penicillin, but he was not allergic to any foods.

Posted on: Sun, 12/28/2003 - 11:47pm
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

My information on the issue of inheriting food allergies is that the tendency may be inherited but not the allergy to the particular food. For example, you might be PA, but your child might have a milk or egg allergy, or some other foods, or PA. Not really pattern for the specific foods. Though in actual anecdotal experience, I seem to see alot of milk allergy running in families(including my dh's). Maybe I should not be answering at all, though because dh nor I have any *known* food allergies, and mild if any EAs.
Perhaps your PA might help prevent PA in your children, since they would be unexposed until much later in life than the average child! Just a thought. becca
[This message has been edited by becca (edited December 29, 2003).]

Posted on: Mon, 12/29/2003 - 2:12am
brendaj's picture
Joined: 08/24/2000 - 09:00

I don't know what the official stats are but I have two daughters, the oldest is PA but not her sister. In fact, the oldest also inherited by asthma, skin sensitivities and hay fever, both are allergic to cats.The oldest is also allergic to shrimp and pomegranates (sp?) but this she didn't get from me.

Posted on: Mon, 12/29/2003 - 11:56am
momjd's picture
Joined: 02/24/2002 - 09:00

The tendency to have some kind of atopic disease is inherited, but not the specific disease. So someone with asthma may have a child with food allergies, someone with EAs may have a child with eczema or food allergies, etc. The atopic conditions that I'm aware of are allergies, eczema or asthma. But as I said, a food allergic adult doesn't equal a food allergic child.
As an example, I have lots of EAs but had never even heard of food allergies. My DH has no known allergies, but does have a sister who is allergic to cats. I have a child who has EAs and FAs, intolerances and eczema. (Woo hoo no asthma yet!)
Here are some links that discuss preventing food allergies in your child:
Preventing Allergies through mother

Posted on: Sun, 01/04/2004 - 5:53pm
Gwen Thornberry's picture
Joined: 10/14/1999 - 09:00

Hi Julie
I have had PA and TNA all my life. Also hayfever, asthma (very severe as a child), allergies to dogs, cats and pretty much all animals with hair or feathers! I have a 9 year old DD who has NO allergies at all. She had mild asthma during the winter months from the age of 3-5, but has not needed an inhaler since then.
Just wanted you to know that not everything is about statistics in this life (thank goodness)!!

Posted on: Sun, 01/04/2004 - 8:44pm
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

I think if you post in the Adults Living With PA topic, you may find some more PA adults whose children don't have it.


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