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Curious if you think this was a reaction?

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By BeyondAPeanut on Tue, 06-02-09, 18:22

My son had a severe anaphylactic episode at 14 months. Since then we have been extremely vigilant and he has not had another exposure. Last week I received a call from the babysitter that his eyes were both very swollen. She did not know what from only that they were playing outside. I thought he may have seasonal allergies and told her to give him some Benadryl.

That was around 11:00 a.m. When I got home at 4:30 p.m. the under part of his eyes were still very swollen. My daughter later told me that the new neighbors had peanut butter crackers and were playing with the same chalk and toys as Ryan. It is very possible that he rubbed his eyes. He has not had this kind of reaction to anything outside before.I guess what surprised me about this (and I feel lucky) was that the reaction was localized. Just wondered if anyone else has experienced this type of localized swelling under the eye area.

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By BestAllergySites on Tue, 06-02-09, 18:46


Most contact reactions are localized. They can be more severe when when on an open cut, sore, or eyes, nose, mouth contact.

My son has had reactions similar to what you described above by touching/rubbing his eyes, but has also had more severe reactions from touching/rubbing his eyes as well.

I'm guessing is has to do with the allergen in question and the amount of protein on the child's hands at the time.

It's possible it could have been peanut butter from the crackers or it could have been from chalk dust, dirt, etc. on his hands that irritated his eyes.

Depending on whether he is airborne allergic or not-I think it's highly unlikely he had a reaction just from being around the kids that ate the peanut butter. Ie: he more than likely rubbed his eyes at some point.

Hope that helps. I'm glad he is okay!

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By Ashley5473 on Sun, 07-19-09, 22:21

To me it sounds like he probably touched the chalk and his eyes and got peanut protein in them :-( I think that that kind of swelling is unlikely if his eyes were just irritated from the chalk dust...unless he is really sensitive like that do dust and such...

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By MagnificentMel on Mon, 08-02-10, 03:18

I have an extreme PA, and i touched a desk that someone who had eaten a pb sandwich had touched and didnt realize it until after i had rubbed my face and experienced major swelling for days.

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