Do a lot of PA kids go from mild reactions to severe?

Posted on: Tue, 09/07/2004 - 11:35am
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Hi,
I was just curious about how many kids start off with reactions where they just get hives and later (like years later) have more severe reactions. I am just wondering if it is common hopefully I will never have to experience this! Thanks to those who replied to my other posts you were very helpful.
-Carly
Mom to Zack PA, newly oral allergy syndrome many seasonal
Adam NKA thank goodness!

Posted on: Tue, 09/07/2004 - 12:11pm
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My son was like that. He has only been ana. for a year 1/2 and he is six. Now, he could have been severly allergic before because he was always in the hospital sick (they thought is was asthma related) and especially at holiday times. Unfortunately, the allergist that we had didn't "believe" that they would test before the age of seven. Boy was I glad when the USMC moved us out of there.
Renee

Posted on: Sat, 09/11/2004 - 1:01pm
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Hi, Carly,
I was one of those kids. I just got hives and/or tummy ache as a child. Then my freshman year of college I accidentally ate a teaspoon of peanut butter ice cream (I thought it was caramel -- didn't know they made peanut butter ice cream) and had my first anaphylactic response, just out of the blue. Had no idea what was happening. I collapsed, and ended up being rushed to the hospital and losing consciousness. First time in my life I ever rec'd an iv. (Of epinephrine).
I have also heard that each exposure causes a more serious reaction.
I have been highly anaphylactic ever since and carry the Epis and wear a Medicalert. Have had some close calls, including on an airplane.
I don't know how common it is for the hive type reaction to develop into something more severe later. But I know that it can happen, as it did with me.
Best wishes!
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Posted on: Sat, 09/11/2004 - 1:38pm
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My son's first reaction at 18 months of age was fairly severe. In thinking about it now, years later (and in the intervening years), I think it may very well have been anaphylactic.
His second and third reactions were anaphylactic with less exposure.
His fourth was a two hive only reaction from cross-contamination.
His fifth one (last one so far, touch wood), was also anaphylactic and again, with less exposure.
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Posted on: Sun, 09/12/2004 - 3:05am
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I'm an adult with pa - and my reactions went from mild to severe - with a few steps in between. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 09/12/2004 - 12:33pm
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My first reaction as a toddler was anaphylactic (one bite of PB cookie), so severity hasn't really increased - BUT it does take less and less exposure for a severe reaction, so I am definitely more sensitive.
Rebekah

Posted on: Sun, 09/12/2004 - 3:20pm
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My dd ate pb three times with no reaction. The fourth time she got a few tiny hives around her mouth. The fifth time (accidental exposure since we had "decided" she was pa after the hive incident) she had an anaphylactic reaction (which fortunately resolved itself without the epi-pen).
It scared me so much to see how much more severe the second reaction was than the first; for a long time I was terrified of what would happen if she had a third reaction. Fortunately that hasn't happened (yet) knock on wood. It's been five years.
HTH, Miriam

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