Pea Allergy

Yes, a pea allergy. There has probably been more than one kid and even some adults who have wished for this one! 😉 I discovered Jacob was allergic to peas when he was about 6 mos old.   His reactions from eating a jar of babyfood peas- [peas, water-listed as ingredients] made it pretty obvious!

Needless to say, no pea soup, mixed veggies, most casseroles, many soups, Chinese food-[already off the menu due to ALL other allergies!].  The one tricky part of avoiding peas,  has been that it is not one of the main allergens required to be boldly stated on packaging~ requiring reading of fine print! A fine example, there are some gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, egg, etc free cookies I found at Whole Foods and only discovered after I got home and was reading the packaging, they are made with pea flour! [I don’t recall the name of them- Outback snacks or something like that- imported from Australia]. Orgran Gluten Free Kids Outback Animals is the name of the Australian import cookies with pea flour in them.

Peas are in the same “family” as peanuts, soy, lentils and the many bean varieties. It was about a year after his pea and peanut diagnosis that  soy was added to his allergen list.  Then last month lentils were also confirmed with the RAST test. I now avoid all beans and peas, as well as the peanuts, and soy.

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5 Responses to Pea Allergy

  1. Multiplefoodallergyhelp~Jenny April 19, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    I thank you!~

  2. Susan September 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Thank you. I just had an allergic reaction to a protein drink that had pea protein. I am allergic to soy and I am probably allergic to peas too.

  3. Ciara Joyce August 2, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Remember that peas are legumes, as are peanuts. Also remember that a new allergy can develop at any point in your life, so don’t ignore symptoms if you’re “sure” you haven’t eaten anything you’re allergic to! You can develop an allergy to any food you eat. (As long as you tolerate a food, relax and enjoy it — but keep your EpiPens with you at all times.)

    I’ve got a very long list of food allergies including onions. I had an allergist tell me that I couldn’t be allergic to onions because “they’re in everything and it’s impossible to avoid them.” It’s often a lot of work to avoid onions, but it’s not impossible given the motivation of a serious food allergy.

    With onions and peppers (all colors), all I have to do is inhale the odor or worse, the steam from cooking or just-cooked onions and peppers (paprika will also cause a full-blown reaction, even in tiny amounts). In addition to those, peanuts & other legumes, tree nuts, including coconut, eggs, etc, I’m allergic to tomatoes and squash and effectively almost all vegetables. On bad days, I react to potatoes. In addition to the aroma or steam from onions and peppers, if any of them touch my skin, I will react. If you put them on one of my cutting boards, you’re buying me a new cutting board as they are oil-based and it takes hours of sanding to rescue a wooden board from such rude behavior.

    My biggest aggravation is people who lie about what’s in something they’ve made. You can lie and tell me there are no peppers in the meatloaf, but my body will react to the peppers anyway. Don’t be a jackass and try to “prove” I’m not allergic to something. It would be a lot easier if I could eat most foods, and I would if I could.

    Not thoroughly cleaning the cutting board and all utensils after preparing each separate food item will cause allergic reactions. Don’t just wipe the knife with a sponge and dry it; scrub it with soap and hot water, especially where the tang enters the handle, but all over the blade as well. I’ve sent desserts back in restaurants because I could taste onion from where a pie was cut with a not-quite-clean knife. (I’ve never seen a recipe for chocolate cream pie made with onions! The restaurant got ugly, but that’s an indication of a sloppy kitchen.)

    Food allergies are a lot of work. I have not outgrown mine, but developed more each year.

    • Multiple Food Allergy Help August 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

      Thank you for your wonderful comments! Sounds like you are doing a great job advocating and looking out for yourself despite some peoples disregard for your safety! Best of Luck! ~Jenny

  4. Ciara Joyce December 2, 2013 at 2:05 am #

    I read some comments about the new recommendations (already in place in some states) on epinephrine injectors. I’m really glad the injectors are not supposed to be locked in the school nurse’s office, as 1) that can be too far away to make the shots of any use, & 2) if the nurse is out and the door is locked (as it should be when the nurse is out, given all the Ritalin, etc, in the office, children can die.

    I have not seen the new injectors (even a photo) that were designed by twin brothers with lots of allergies who wanted injectors that would fit in a pocket so they could play sports or just hang around with other kids their age (and even with “man purses,” most guys don’t carry a purse). They sound like a great idea and some competition may lower the price of a pair of epipens.

    The biggest complaint is that it appears that some parents are relying on the school’s supply of epinephrine injectors rather than buying injectors for their kids. I have to side with many of the parents on this: many insurance companies don’t cover epinephrine and paying “out of pocket” for a pair of injectors puts a big dent in my budget. I would really like to have a way to get epinephrine that’s covered by insurance, discounted, or free! My injectors are expired but if I replace them, that’s my food budget for two months. I’m trying to get a straight answer from my Medicare Part D carrier, but that rarely happens. I hope most kids with food allergies outgrow them. but I’ve never outgrown any food allergies, but have grown into new ones as I get older. In addition, prednisone side effects get worse as I get older. When I was in my late teens, I had no side effects to prednisone and it worked wonderfully for me (I have lupus as well as food allergies.

    Best of luck to everyone with food allergies. Don’t let ANYONE (including mothers-in-law) bully you into eating food with allergens in it. I really love the clowns who say that I won’t be able to taste the onions [peppers, eggs, peanuts, whatever] because of the way they were cooked. Being able to taste the food has no effect on an allergic reaction. And when I ask what’s in a dish, I’m not trying to steal a recipe, I’m just trying to stay alive!

    If someone is absolutely unable to make any sounds with their mouth and/or lungs, their ability to breath has shut down. Follow the 911 operator’s instructions while waiting for the Rescue Squad. (In places where Rescue Squads are far away, call a neighbor for a ride. In places with reputations for Rescue not showing up for over 30-45 minutes (DC is bad), call a neighbor or a cab.) No matter what kind of gruesome noises an adult is making, if that person can tell you they don’t need 911, they are OK, at least for the time being. The adult can and will tell you if their status changes.

    If you’re unsure what’s in the food, don’t even taste it!

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