Terrified I may have PN allergy.

Posted on: Wed, 02/02/2011 - 9:30am
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I've been staying away from nuts of all kinds, and things processed in a facility with nuts, for over 6 months now. I've actually lost track of how long it's been.

I ate peanut butter and nuts without a problem my entire life. I do have year-round allergies and had eczema as a kid, but no food allergies, as far as I know.

One day, I was eating a PB and J and noticed my throat felt a little funny. I immediately spit it out, and never touched the stuff again. Thing is- I had a sinus problem at the time, so my throat could have been irritated from all the mucus drainage (TMI, sorry) or all the throat-clearing. And anyway, PB is sort of sticky. It could have been nothing at all. I'm a very anxious person, and have panic attacks often. So that might have been the problem. Either way, I've been terrified to try anything again.

After MONTHS of avoiding TONS of things, I finally said something to my mom, but she just brushed it off, because like I said, I'm a bit of a hypochondriac. I think she thinks I've forgotten about it and moved on, but I haven't. I'm in the process of getting a license, and then a job. Once I do, and get a decent amount of money, I'd like to set up a doctor apt.

Can anyone tell me how these things generally go? I'd really like to have a scratch test done to see if I react to anything. (I feel dumb for asking this- but what if you react anaphalactically(sp) during a test? Are they prepared?) One of my cousins has athmsa and the other has a mild shrimp allergy but can still eat them, and for some reason I'm absolutely terrified. This fear really destroys my daily life. Not only am I avoiding PN/NT, I'm avoiding most of the major 8 allergens too! What's wrong with me?

Things like this have happened in the past, but I would normally get so hungry I just didn't care and ate it anyway. Not this time.

Any advice or info would be appreciated.

Posted on: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:59am
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Hi There,
I am sorry that you are having so much anxiety over this. I would definately call the Dr. There are 2 tests that I am aware of. The scratch test- I would check with the Dr., but generally scratch test are really safe. My son has had several and only had a reaction in the spot where the skin prick was. There is also a blood rast test you can have done that doesn't involve any of the allergen.
good luck

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