2 mysterious reactions in the last 6 months, what now???

Posted on: Wed, 06/09/2004 - 7:52am
pennykandy's picture
Joined: 06/09/2004 - 09:00

Hello, first let me introduce myself. My name is Penny, my 7 year old daughter, Chloe, has a severe peanut allergy, among other mild/moderate allergies and severe asthma.

when she was an infant, told to stay away from peanuts completely as she had bad excema and some positive allergy tests.

18 mos: my mom gave her peanut butter cookies (1st peanut exposure) No reaction.

age 2: my mom gave her another peanut butter cookie(2nd peanut exposure), wheezing and hives diagnosed with PA and given epi pens.

age 3: DD got into DHs "secret stash" of candy (3rd peanut exposure) more hives and wheezing epi administerd.

She was fine for the next 4 years, then this december out of nowhere she had another reaction, wheezing, hives, turned blue, epi pen admitted overnight in the hospital. But here's the thing, it was first thing in the morning and she hadn't eaten anything, and we have a peanut free house.

Then last week, the same thing happened again. It had been 3 hours since she had eaten fruit snacks and cheese curds (which were NOT fried in peanut oil)

So, here we are, we have no idea what caused these 2 reactions and the allergist said to make another appointment, but he didn't sound like he really had any ideas.

Anyone else have reactions that you are positve weren't due to a peanut exposure but you don't know what it was to? Again, these were very quick, she was fine one minute and 5 minutes later she was turning blue.

thanks for your input,


Posted on: Wed, 06/09/2004 - 9:03am
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Do the fruit snacks and cheese curds have any one ingredient in common?
Welcome, by the way. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Is it possible that your daughter has developed another food allergy?
Very sorry to hear, but hopefully since you found PA.com you'll get it sorted (and with your allergist as well).
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 06/09/2004 - 10:05am
mommyofmatt's picture
Joined: 03/12/2004 - 09:00

Wow! Sounds scary. Any chance it could be a reaction to a medication? Anything else in commmon that you could possibly think of? Activities? Combinations of foods? That's my only thought so far. Good luck at the allergist!
Meg, mom to:
Matt 2 yrs. PA,MA,EA
Sean 2 yrs. NKA

Posted on: Wed, 06/09/2004 - 10:27am
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Anonymous (not verified)

pennykandy, anything new in your home in the last six months? Wait, that doesn't make sense because if your daughter was reacting to the same thing, six months apart, one would assume she would have been reacting all along.
Could it be some type of environmental allergy?
With the first reaction you mentioned in December month, you said that your daughter had just gotten up and not eaten anything. Can you remember what she ate the night before that happened?
I'd almost go with some kind of environmental allergy, but again, why the interval of six months between reacting.
So very hard when it's a mystery. I even find mystery PA reactions hard to deal with.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 06/09/2004 - 11:10am
pennykandy's picture
Joined: 06/09/2004 - 09:00

Sorry, I forgot in my first post that DH had given her cough syrup (the same one both times) about 30 minutes prior to both reactions. However, she also had it in between both reactions with no problem, it does have red dye 40 in it, which I have been told there is no test for.
It was such an immediate reaction (from fine to blue in 5 minutes) I figure it couldn't be from anything she had eaten hours prior.
I'm just at a loss, and going through the panic about what if it happens when I am not with her.

Posted on: Wed, 06/09/2004 - 12:04pm
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Then it has to be the cough syrup?
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 06/09/2004 - 12:11pm
pennykandy's picture
Joined: 06/09/2004 - 09:00

Well, DH is convinced it is the cough syrup, but she eats food with red dye #40 with no problems, AND she had the cough syrup in between reactions with no reaction.
Well we go to the allergist in a couple weeks, we will see what he says.

Posted on: Wed, 06/09/2004 - 12:32pm
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

what were you wearing? Perfume? A new shampoo?
What about the other family members?

Posted on: Wed, 06/09/2004 - 12:49pm
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Aside from the red dye, what else is in the cough syrup?
For example, some children are prescribed cough syrup with codeine (well adults are as well, more common for adults to be).
So, perhaps an allergy to another ingredient in the cough syrup - even a medicinal ingredient? Or a non-medicinal ingredient?
You may be able to find the list of all ingredients for the particular cough syrup if you go to [url="http://www.mayoclinic.com"]www.mayoclinic.com[/url] and check out their prescription medications section. Even though it says it's for prescription meds, you can check out any medication (over-the-counter, on-the-shelf, whatever).
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 06/09/2004 - 10:08pm
saknjmom's picture
Joined: 04/02/2003 - 09:00

What about the flavorings they put in medicine at the pharmacy now? I've been asked a few times if i want it and always have said no.
Good luck, i feel for how scary this must be for you and your child.

Posted on: Thu, 06/10/2004 - 3:57am
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Joined: 12/02/1999 - 09:00

Why did DH give her the cough medicine? I assume she was coughing? Maybe she didn't react to the medicine, but was coughing because she was starting a reaction to something else KWIM?
So sorry to hear she's going through these mystery reactions - to me those are so much more scarey!


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