Surprise Peanut Allergy at age 30???

Posted on: Fri, 01/28/2011 - 5:33am
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So my husband has been dealing with Eosinophilic Esophagitis for a couple years and finally got food skin-tested this week (it's currently thought EE is due to food allergies)
So he had a 4+ reaction to peanuts!! (and sunflower)
TOTAL surprise. He has eaten peanuts infrequently throughout his life with no observable reaction.

Has anyone ever heard of this happening? It seems his body has only manifested the allergy through the EE or else the skin test is totally not applicable. I've heard of that, but a 4+?? Crazy!

He's joking now that he and our daughter are "peanut-free buddies". She's so excited of course (she's 3 LOL)

Posted on: Sun, 03/20/2011 - 2:20pm
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Wow I think that's quite unusual....It's great that you daughter doesn't feel so alone! I think my husband thinks he has a Peanut allergy as he is banned from eating them!!!
Good luck
Karen
www.nutallergymum.com

Posted on: Thu, 08/25/2011 - 6:59am
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Hi Jessica,
I know this is a little older post but I wanted to let you know that your husband is not alone. I am 34 and was diagnosed with a peanut allergy last year. As an adult it has been sometimes frustrating, sometimes confusing, and always problematic issue that I am just now learning to live with.
My RAST test was 4.86 at the time I was diagnosed. A year later it has jumped to 5.25. This is due mostly to me being sloppy in staying away from peanut products and products made in a facility that processes peanuts. I received a severe lecture from the allergist and I am doing better about reading labels now. The positive side is I have lost weight because so much is off the menu now for me. Either I can’t trust the source or the source is unknown. I always look at baked products with suspicion now. Where were they baked? Where they in the same container as peanut products? An example would be the random plate of cookies at an event. That nice chocolate chip cookie looks harmless but was it in the same container as the peanut butter cookies just down the table? I just stay away now rather than take the risk of a reaction. Unless I bake them myself sweets for the most part are just not an option anymore. They are usually the culprit when I have a reaction. Asian food is another huge problem. I just don’t eat it. Not only is it laden with peanut products but I am unfortunately an adult onset tree nut allergy also (diagnosed at 3.26 at the same time as the PA), particularly pecans, walnuts, and almonds. The whole “nut” thing just doesn’t work for me.
As an interesting side note it was a complete accident my allergy was diagnosed before I had a life threatening reaction. I was being seen by an Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctor for a thyroid problem. As a matter of course he runs allergy tests on all his patients. He called me at 10:30 pm 3 days after my blood test to tell me I was allergic to peanuts, stop eating them RIGHT NOW, and I needed to see an allergist within 48 hours for further evaluation. Before this I had eaten peanut products but never put my physical symptoms together with eating peanuts. I develop a severe bowl problem (I will just leave it at that) and then within 6 hours get a rash and/or hives (depending on my exposure level) on the tops of my thighs. Recently I have also been getting a rash on the inside of my forearms along with the rash on my thighs. This is my allergy progressing.
My allergy will progress until it becomes life threatening. For me that is just a fact. It has been difficult to accept. The only thing I can do is slow it down by being careful about exposures. I think people who have adult onset PA have a rougher time accepting their allergy. You suddenly have to alter the way you live, eat, and socialize. My favorite part of this allergy is the reflective time I get while going through a miserable bout of exposure trying to figure out where I was exposed. Any PA person can attest to this mind racking experience. Just this week I had to talk to my roommates about making the house a peanut free zone because of a still unknown exposure source on Sunday.
Why now? Why me? No one can give me an answer. My mother confirmed I ate peanut butter as a child. I have eaten peanuts, peanut butter, peanut anything and everything as an adult. The allergist told me my immune system decided at some point as an adult that peanut protein was the enemy. Your husband has joined the less than 4% of the PA population that is adult onset. If your husband has not seen an allergist (preferably one that specializes in “nut” allergies) then I would recommend he does. This has been instrumental in accepting my allergy, learning about it, and avoiding exposures.
Best of luck to you and your husband

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