Peanut Allergy

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 8/2/2010 11:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,
I am usually in the Crohns forums but I have had asthma and hay fever longer than Crohn's.  Back in 2006 The ENT doctor I saw did labwork to see about allergies prior to the scratch test.  At that time was when I found out aht I had gotten a peanut allergy which I had never had before.  I also have Oral allergy syndrome..yay...
I dont know how to make it more clear to my boyfriend and his 2 teen boys of how peanuts affect me.  They know I cannot wash the knives they use for Pbutter etc so they do it  but even last night his youngest while *cleaning up* he proceeded to get P butter all over the sink and I went to pick up the sponge to try and clean it a little at a time (lab work back then said I had a slight allergy to it the more I am exposed the worse it will get).  I picked up the sponge and the side that was down on the sink had a layer of peanut butter on it...My boyfriend thinks I am being over dramatic about my asthma and throat itching just smelling it...
He was like stop it when I was scratching my arm (the arm of the hand i used to pick up the sponge).  His son has Asperger's so idk if it is that that he doesnt "get" or if it is just not use to it.  I have been wheezing all day since that happened this morning.  I have used my inhaler mult time shad to load up on benadryl which knocked me out all afternoon.  My chest hurts as does my throat.
What do I do to get them to understand the gravity of the situation?
How is it I am able to eat things like M&M s which on the pack say manuafactured where peanuts are used (which I think is partly why my boyfriend things it isnt as sever as it is) I have had my throat close up before when a woman I use to work with had pbutter on celery...
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987

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   Posted 8/3/2010 5:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes things that are manufactured near peanuts don't actually come into contact with the peanuts themselves, but they still have to list it on their packages because of some people having life threatening allergies.

From what I know about Asperger's, is that most times they strive for routine. So when things go out of their routines, such as trying to understand about your allergy, it doesn't compute for them. It's not that they won't try to understand but they CAN'T. What if you were to wear a mask when you see peanuts/butter? Would that help counteract the affects? Such as when you have to clean peanut butter up...
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   Posted 8/3/2010 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
How about long disposible gloves when you have to handle pb?

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