Possible reaction (small one) at dance after airborne exposure
If so, this would be a different type of reaction than DS has had before.
DS had a long rehearsal today for a production he's in. I typically stay near for these extra rehearsals but didn't today. An epi stays in the office. We train the studio owner/instructor a couple of times per year (because there are also very closed dress rehearsals immediately before a production at the performance hall it's improtant others know how to administer). And today (and at the closed rehearsal and performance) one of the moms who happens to be a school nurse at the school in our town w/ the second highest number of PA kids was there throughout rehearsal (and she's quite informed about PA).
That said, I came back to the studio during the break to give DS a snack (apples). I saw him in the front waiting area of the studio, where he had been playing with two friends during the break. After he had a few apple wedges I noticed a PB open faced sandwich or bagel on a table next to them. DS saw it, too, and went back to the studio. I noticed a little redness on the back of his neck as he walked away, but it didn't necessarily look like a hive--more like he'd been rubbing it.
I wish at that point I had given him a Triaminic strip, but rehearsal started up again. I stayed for about 30 minutes and watched him, and he seemed fine.
I was tempted to throw the sandwich away but didn't--it was someone else's food. But I wish I had.
I had to run to Sam's to buy some safe pecans for Thanksgiving (can only get them there--Young Pecans--he can eat pecans, and we let him occasionally), and when I got back, rehearsal was over. I was happy to see that DS and the other boys were playing outside.
But I noticed that DS' right eye was red and swollen, and the right side of his face was a bit flushed.
The PB sandwich inside was gone. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
When I noticed his eye, one of the boys he was playing with said, "There was a peanut butter sandwich next to us earlier." I thanked him for looking out for DS. Really, I was impressed he put 2+2 together--he's also 8.
I had one Triaminic strip in my purse. I normally travel with a small vial of benadryl but changed purses and didn't include my medicine zipper pouch for some reason. Ugh. I gave the Triaminic strip to DS and asked his dance teacher to get the Epi kit that DH had brought that stays in the office. She did--DH didn't include benadryl!!
There is a drugstore next door, so I bought some benadryl, gave some to DS, and things cleared up within a few minutes. Before that, he was sneezing a bit and congested.
I know this is a long post, but a few more notes: his airborne exposures have typically involved asthma or in the case of a Southwest plane ride hives and flushing on belly and face (in the past we've done a one hour flight every once in a while with lots of precautions to grandparents'--only way there--like once every year or two).
If this was a reaction, it was the first with a swollen eye.
There is eating at this dance studio, but I don't usually see peanut products there. Really--I can only think of one other time in three years that I have. It's his first reaction (if it was one). The studio in Dallas was peanut free--and food free actually. But the dancers (and we're not talking little girls here) spend a lot of time at the studio in our current town. They practically live there. And they eat.
I have been worried about a contact reaction from the barre, but not really from having food in the studio--more from eating prior to arrival.
This does concern me, though. The owners might put up signs if I requested, but they couldn't police the place--they're in class teaching. They keep food out of the classroom studios themselves.
DS seems fine now. I've been watching him. We've not taken any risks. At the drugstore he wanted a Hershey bar, but it looked awfully close to peanutty things, so I said no.
Okay--long enough post. I just don't like this so close to the closed rehearsal later this week when I won't be with him (I'll be parked in my car outside the peformance hall). Still . . . .