General questions for adults with PA

Posted on: Thu, 08/28/2003 - 12:07am
Peg541's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

I guess maybe the answers are all over the board but I'd like to have a few in one place.

Now that I'm about to send DS off to college there are some things we'll need advice on.

1. When you have a contact reaction what do you do? How do you treat yourself. Do you need epi pen for contact reactions? Is it just Benadryl? 50mg?

2. If you have had airborne reactions what do you do? Same as contact questions. Do you use epi pen? Do you call 911 or go to the hospital? Have you "sat out" an airborne reaction by using Benadryl and waiting to see if it works?

DS has never had a contact reaction and one ariborne. I'd like him to get a bit more information about each so he can make safe decisions at school.

I hate to tell him "you don't need to call 911 for ______."

He's very "black and white" and is not willing to "wait and see." I agree with him about that but contact reactions? If he is not absolutely covered in PB how bad can a contact reaction get?

Peggy

Posted on: Thu, 08/28/2003 - 12:47am
steph626's picture
Offline
Joined: 02/20/2003 - 09:00

i have had a few contact reactions over the years but they have never been serious enough for an epi--i'm pretty strict about wiping down keyboards and phones and such. i figure my contact reactions will never surpass the skin tests at the dr., so i just do what the nurse did when the test was finished. usually i just wash the area of skin with soap/water, also a little rubbing alcohol if i have it, and then use some benadryl cream or cortisone cream. if i'm really itchy, i'll take an allegra. i've never had a true airborne reaction to anything yet (other than a bit of nausea), so i can't really offer any advice there.
hope that helps--best of luck to your DS at college!

Posted on: Thu, 08/28/2003 - 12:51am
Peg541's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

This does help. Do you take daily Allegra too? My son takes Clarinex daily to try to tamp down an allergic response a bit.
We'll get some Benadryl cream, good idea.
What do you wipe down keyboards with?
Thanks so much.
Peggy

Posted on: Thu, 08/28/2003 - 4:01am
steph626's picture
Offline
Joined: 02/20/2003 - 09:00

in the past i've taken allegra daily, but thanks to the allergy shots and flonase, i'm down to taking allegra only as needed (couple times a week, maybe).
i worked briefly taking orders for an art catalog, and i was exposed to whatever the previous phone operator was eating or drinking at her computer station. when my shift started, i would wipe down the phone receiver and keyboard with a little towelette ("wet ones" or "purell" brand in the single packs). i just kept some in my purse at all times--i never had an allergic problem, and i never caught a cold, either (bonus!).

Posted on: Thu, 08/28/2003 - 11:51pm
tando's picture
Offline
Joined: 06/13/2003 - 09:00

Hi Peg,
This isn't a direct answer, but might be helpful for your son. After the hoopla about PB not causing contact reactions in the press this summer, I asked out allergist about it. He explained that there's contact and there's contact. For example, in the tests described (Choguy wrote a great description and rebuttal of the tests in research)-- the contact and inhalation were actually tiny exposures for a very brief amount of time. Our allegist compared this to a preschooler with arms covered with PB for a longer time while making a PB birdfeeder. Different variable amounts, much more likely reaction.
If your son think's in terms of black and white, perhaps it would help him to think in terms of variables in an equation.
What's the allergen form
Likelihood of exposing him to proteins
How much exposure
To what part of his body
How long
Then he can consider the cumulative impact of those variables.
T.

Posted on: Fri, 08/29/2003 - 12:15am
Peg541's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

Thanks Tando, this is something he will definitely understand and be able to implement.
Peg

Posted on: Fri, 08/29/2003 - 6:52am
erik's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Peg541:
[b]1. When you have a contact reaction what do you do? How do you treat yourself. Do you need epi pen for contact reactions? Is it just Benadryl? 50mg? [/b]
Hi Peg,
If you are referring to external contact only (ie: arm, leg, foot, etc contact with a peanut/peanuts) I would not use an epi-pen and I would not usually take an anti-histimine. I would take an anti-histimine if any hives/itchiness appeared on my skin. I always take Zyrtec (Reactine) as it is very good with relieving hives/itchiness. I have never had a contact reaction.
Quote:Originally posted by Peg541:
[b]2. If you have had airborne reactions what do you do? Same as contact questions. Do you use epi pen? Do you call 911 or go to the hospital? Have you "sat out" an airborne reaction by using Benadryl and waiting to see if it works?[/b]
When I have an airborne reaction, such as being in a restaurant where there are peanut shells all over the floor in the bar, I do the following:
1) immediately leave the place and go outside where I will get fresh air
2) take a Zyrtec (Reactine) pill
I have never called 911 or gone to the hospital for an airborne reaction as taking my anti-histimine will treat it. However, if I was having an airborne reaction whereby I was having serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, dizziness, etc I would call 911 (but my only symptoms to date have been sinus congestion, sneezing, laryngytis/hoarse voice/cough - and leaving the restaurant and taking my anti-histimine quickly began to improve my symptoms).
note- I avoid places with loose peanuts so I haven't had an airborne reaction in years
Hope this helps.. if you have any questions let me know [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
p.s. In general, I don't take an anti-histimine on a daily basis. However, it is ragweed season right now here in Toronto, so I am taking a Reactine (Zyrtec) almost every day as I am allergic to ragweed, and the anti-histime helps greatly.
[This message has been edited by erik (edited August 29, 2003).]

Posted on: Fri, 08/29/2003 - 8:24am
Peg541's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

Thank you Erik, I had DS read over these replies and he is gaining a sense of what to do for a contact that is not necessarily a "911" type of contact. This is very helpful and I thank everyone.
Peggy

Posted on: Sun, 08/31/2003 - 10:43am
erik's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Glad to be able to help. I have never had to call 911 or visit the hospital for an airborne or contact reaction. If any symptoms occur, I just take a Zyrtec (Reactine) and leave the area.. it's worked fine for me. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Wishing you son a good and safe first week at school.. keep us updated.

Posted on: Sun, 08/31/2003 - 11:02am
Peg541's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

Thanks Erik and everyone. Tomorrow is the big day. I think both Paul and I learned from these responses and he feels more relaxed with all of your responses.
Peggy

Posted on: Wed, 09/03/2003 - 3:29pm
erl's picture
erl
Offline
Joined: 10/06/2001 - 09:00

The FAAN site has a great teen site with a he says/she says column which addresses this issue in detail.

Pages

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

Click on one of the categories below to see all topics and discussions.

Latest Discussions

Latest Post by krisztina Thu, 02/20/2020 - 4:49pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by chicken Thu, 02/20/2020 - 4:45pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by lexy Tue, 01/28/2020 - 12:21am
Comments: 6
Latest Post by JRM20 Sun, 01/26/2020 - 11:15am
Comments: 6
Latest Post by JRM20 Sun, 01/26/2020 - 11:11am
Comments: 5
Latest Post by Italia38 Wed, 01/15/2020 - 11:03am
Comments: 10
Latest Post by Italia38 Wed, 01/15/2020 - 10:52am
Comments: 2
Latest Post by penelope Tue, 01/14/2020 - 1:03pm
Comments: 1

Peanut Free Store

More Articles

Just being around food can provoke anxiety in those living with food allergies, but this fear may be reduced or alleviated by a type of food...

You might have wondered how your family’s adjustment to living with a potentially life-threatening food allergy compares to other families in the...

When a child is diagnosed with peanut allergy, the implications ripple past the parents to rattle the rest of us - older siblings, grandparents,...

It can be easy to overlook the presence of nut allergens in non-food items because the allergens are often listed by their Latin or scientific...

There is no definitive treatment for a peanut allergy. Because every case different, reactions will...

If you or your child has a peanut allergy, that unmistakable smell of peanuts wafting through the air...

As much as 90 percent of all allergic responses to food are caused by only eight foods. The most common food allergens are milk, eggs, peanuts,...

Peanut oil is an inexpensive, healthful and inoffensive way to cook—unless you have a peanut allergy!

Light peanut oil is popular as a...

Although allergies affect many people worldwide, there are currently no universal allergy symbols. It is estimated that about 25 percent of...

This question has an interesting answer that may surprise you.

It is true that a chestnut is a nut. On the other hand, there are other...

Sometimes a runny nose or other allergy symptoms appear during pregnancy. Have you ever known someone who developed...

Peanuts cause more severe food allergic reactions than other foods, followed by shellfish, fish, tree nuts and eggs. Although there is only a...

Dogs have some things in common with humans when it comes to their health. They can have a wide range of allergies, just as humans can develop....

Which candy bars are safe for those with peanut allergies? Those without allergies are accustomed to...

For many people with peanut allergies, baked goods present one of the most significant risks. Even if...

If children begin to eat many different foods at a young age, there is much more of a chance that by the time they are in school, they will eat...

Those with peanut allergies often find that they are unable to enjoy dessert since there's always the...

For those with peanut allergies, baked goods present a serious risk. Many baked goods do not appear to contain peanuts, yet were baked in a...

If you've ever tried to find...

If you find frequent allergy-related food recalls upsetting you are not alone, but a new federal rule may help reduce the cross-contamination...