Help! Rash from peanut allergy?
Hello there! Just found this website while trying to find some information on peanut allergic reactions.
Before seeing the pediatrician at my daughter's 18 month old check up, we gave her mini peanut butter cups that a friend of mine left at my house...they were in trail mix from whole foods. (I'm assuming it was peanut butter cups, as it tasted like that to me.) She did not have any reaction to the peanut butter cups. That was 13 days before I gave her jarred organic peanut butter on Sunday. She did not have a reaction that day.
On Monday, she woke up and had a few bumps that were mainly flesh color. They did have a little read around them. Because she had cold symptoms from the previous week, the nurse thought it was viral.
On Tuesday, the rash became more blotchy and more red. I thought I noticed a slight swelling in her eye lids. She has not had any fever this entire time...only have a temp of 100 on the first day of her runny nose, which was 8 days ago.
This morning, the color of the rash looks lighter, but the swelling of her eye lids is worse. It looks like her forehead is a little swollen too. The pediatrician (saw her a few hours ago) said jokingly, she looked a little Neanderthalish. (She kinda does.) Anyway, the pedi thinks this is viral. BUT, has told me not to give her peanuts. She causally said, some time later in life, maybe a couple years, she might get exposed and if she has a reaction, you'll know for sure.
I asked her about getting my daughter tested and she said it wouldn't matter. That even if it comes back negative, she will tell me to still not give her peanuts.
I know we're not supposed to "test" allergies, so I'm stressed about this. Is there any way to find out FOR SURE if she's allergic to peanuts?
Also, does this even sound like a peanut allergy reaction? From what I've read, you can still have anaphylaxis days later to peanut, although it's not common. And, I know if we do test it, she COULD have anaphylaxis next time, if this IS from peanut.
I don't know if we should just take this casually, meaning...not constantly ask restaurants etc. if there is any peanut or cross contamination. I naturally stress VERY easily, so the unknown kills me.
I would think she would have had an initial reaction 13 days ago? Or, maybe the reason she didn't is because the peanut butter I gave her on Monday was fresh and only peanuts?
There are a couple other things I'm wondering she could be reacting to, like hemp milk or cherrios...but peanut is my main concern.
Praying it's viral!