Gatorade Rash????

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By baer5 on Thu, 06-21-07, 01:55

DS has been drinking Gatorade for YEARS. Just recently (over the last 6 weeks or so) he has started developing a rash on his upper lip when he drinks it. At first I thought it was just the "kool aide" smile they get from drinking something that will stain their skin, but upon closer inspection it is a rash.

It only happens with Gatorade, and tonight it is the worst ever. It happens immediately. As soon as it touches his upper lip.

Has anyone else experienced this or have any ideas as to why it is happening?

Thanks in advance...

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By Daisy on Thu, 06-21-07, 02:01

Bummer, especially for a kid.

I developed a reaction to yellow dye. This includes the orange soda, orange Gatorade (my favorite), Sweet Tarts and just about anything else colored with yellow. (I am fine with annatto.)

Of course, my favorite candies/flavors were always citrus. [i]go figure[/i] Not too easy to find them in *clear*.

Take care,
Daisy

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By Naturemom on Thu, 06-21-07, 02:30

Some of the flavors contain sunflower oil. How is he with seeds? Has he been drinking a new flavor or one that he has always had?

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By nikosmommy on Sat, 06-23-07, 02:06

My son is sensitive to "red 40", which is in alot of foods. He breaks out in a weird rash. It started w/ vitamins. I thought it was the gelatin, but through process of elimination, I think it is the red 40. Just a thought... good luck!

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By booandbrimom on Sat, 06-23-07, 02:21

It's a long shot, but perhaps a pine sensitivity? I am actually allergic to pine trees (my only allergy) and I tolerate "ester of wood rosin" fine, but some people with pine allergy do not.

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By baer5 on Sat, 06-23-07, 17:00

Thanks for the responses.

Today is what...three days later and the rash is still slightly visible on his upper lip.

He doesn't have any problems with dyes, and is exposed to them with other things, kool-aide being one.

I am thinking it may be the sunflower oil. I started thinking back, and I can't think of anything other than the Gatorade, where he has been exposed to it. He pretty much always has the same flavor. It is the fruit punch flavor.

It only happens on his upper lip where the Gatorade touches his lip. He is going in for his bi-annual check up with the allergist soon, and I am going to bring it up. I wish I had taken pics....

[This message has been edited by baer5 (edited June 23, 2007).]

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By Jimmy's mom on Sat, 06-23-07, 20:41

I'm not sure if this is even possible, but could it be the concentration of salt, etc in Gatorade on his skin that is causing it? You could try him with another brand of sports drink and see how that goes.

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By Nicole1401 on Mon, 07-23-07, 21:30

Have you figured out the rash yet?

I had 2 thoughts. FIrst, I remember seeing on PA.com that some gatorades have sesame oil in them "hidden" under vegetable oil. I have not confirmed this myself.

Second, how old is your son? My dd's both get "rashes" on their upper lips when they drink from a gatorade bottle because they suck from it and let the suction "bruise" their upper lip (like a hickie). I try to have them use straws with those types of bottles.

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By baer5 on Tue, 07-24-07, 00:55

It is funny that you asked this TODAY...

This afternoon I got him an orange juice that was in a plastic bottle and the same thing happened. I then realized that this is a hickey type rash. He is doing the exact same thing you described, he is sucking the bottle against his lip.

He is BTW 5 years old....

I feel kind of ridiculous now, but it is so easy to immediately think "allergy" when we see anything different going on with our kiddos... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By saknjmom on Tue, 07-24-07, 11:15

Quote:Originally posted by Nicole1401:
[b]
Second, how old is your son? My dd's both get "rashes" on their upper lips when they drink from a gatorade bottle because they suck from it and let the suction "bruise" their upper lip (like a hickie). I try to have them use straws with those types of bottles.[/b]

Same thing happened to my son. I thought it was a rash--looks like a hickie. I was flipping out...then I realized it was a perfect circle the shape of a gatorade bottle.

Also, do a search because I think this has been mentioned on the boards before (gatorade rash).

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By Nicole1401 on Tue, 07-31-07, 14:50

Quote:Originally posted by baer5:
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I feel kind of ridiculous now, but it is so easy to immediately think "allergy" when we see anything different going on with our kiddos... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img][/b]

No need to feel ridiculous. My 1st reaction was that was it was an allergy too. It's part of being an allergy parent--a necessary part IMO.

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By Qabyss on Wed, 11-07-12, 07:58

When I was a child I got a similar rash from oranges and products with orange flavorings. In middle school I figured out that oranges and orange flavored beverages also gave me migraines. I pinned down the offensive component to synephrine. synephrine is in the rind. I love orange juice. So once or twice a year I will get as much of the rind off as I can, squeeze some oranges, cross my fingers and pray that this delicious juice doesn't give me a 2 day horrible migraine (50/50 shot).. :-)

Hope this helps. :-)

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