Allergic reaction/hives

Posted on: Thu, 01/31/2002 - 2:01am
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Has anyone had a reaction after eating Kentucky Fried Chicken?

Supposedly it's safe to eat, but Mick got a face and neck full of hives after eating a piece last night.

Could it have been caused by antibiotics given to the chicken? Mick is allergic to Cefzil and Penicillin.

Any thoughts?

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Posted on: Fri, 02/01/2002 - 2:37am
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I too had a reaction at Kentucky Fried Chicken, but it was after eating the chicken fingers. It was very scary.

Posted on: Fri, 02/01/2002 - 2:55am
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Pampont, thanks for your reply! May I ask, are you allergic to nuts as well as peanuts? How about antibiotics? Mick is still hiving today.
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Posted on: Fri, 02/01/2002 - 5:25am
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My son Dylan has had KFC a few times and no reactions. He's eaten the chicken, mac and cheese and the bisquits(I think, not sure on this last one). He's only allergic to peanuts. Hope this helps! Karen

Posted on: Fri, 02/01/2002 - 5:40am
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DD is PA/TA and has never had a problem with KFC chicken, biscuits or anything.
Maybe one of the spices or preservatives is the trouble?

Posted on: Fri, 02/01/2002 - 7:23am
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Hmmm, I just don't know what to think. Thanks for your responses. When I talked to "Trisha" at KFC's 1-800 # she assured me that there are no peanut/nut products in their spices or natural flavorings. She did say that they do use antibiotics as needed, but didn't know what kinds. She said it would be very difficult to track which chicken had received the drugs and where the chicken was shipped.
I talked to a local vet. who told me there are strict holding times after a drug has been used before the product can be used for human consumption. He did say there are a few who ignore the rules and a few who slip through, of course.
Mick's ped. really thinks it was some sort of cross-contamination of peanuts/tree nuts.
At any rate, the poor guy is still getting hives all over the place.
I wish I could have sent the chicken somewhere to be analyzed.
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Posted on: Fri, 02/01/2002 - 3:01pm
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Vic, first of all, I'm sorry to hear about your little guy and his hives. I'm thinking that it must be some cross-contamination issue. I know that here at Christmas, the big thing with KFC is that you get a box of Turtles chocolates with your meal pack.
Are there any nuts or peanuts in the store where you purchased the chicken at all? Is everything made on the premises?
The other thing that disturbs me, which you've raised really well here, is, do we have to start worrying about what a live meat product (sorry, strange wording) was fed or given (i.e., antibiotics) before it was slaughtered when we have allergic children?
This is extremely frightening to me. I know that there is one person who is actively involved in finding out what people have peanuts in their feed (?) for cattle. I just can't believe that there's even the remote possibility that our children couldn't eat a hamburger. Do you know what I mean? And I think it must be very frightening for you, if the store does come up totally clean, that it could have been an antibiotic that your child is allergic to that was fed to a chicken that was later slaughtered and made into KFC.
Frightening and confusing.
Aside from the KFC, is there anything else that could possibly be continuing the hive thing that's going on?
Please let us know how your little guy is and any other information you find out. What a scary situation.
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Posted on: Wed, 02/06/2002 - 11:34am
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Hi everybody, just a quick update. Mick has finally had a hive-free day today. We are still at a loss of the cause, still leaning towards KFC cross-contamination. Bottom line, we won't be eating their food again! Thanks for all of your input. I guess I'll chalk this up to another PA/TNA mystery unsolved. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 02/06/2002 - 12:07pm
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vic, I'm so sorry to hear that you've found yourself in the place where you have to re-examine your "comfort zone" and cut out a particular food, especially when it wasn't clear cut that it was cross-contamination.
For me, if Jesse had a reaction to a Subway sub, I would recognize that it was definitely cross-contamination as they also bake unsafe cookies in the same ovens as their sub buns.
However, it's what we all have to do when our children do have a reaction and we can pinpoint basically where it came from, if not exactly how. Was someone eating a peanut product in the store before they served your chicken? Who knows?
I just find it sad that you've had to tighten your comfort zone and that you weren't able to get a definite answer from KFC. On the other hand, it also enangers me.
I'm glad to hear that your little guy is finally hive free. What a terrible week!
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2002 - 6:04am
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That was a good point. How can we be sure that fast food personnel do not eat a peanut butter cup on break and then touch your child's food. My daughter's allergy is very recent. Do people suggest that we tell someone about our daughter's allergy before ordering even at restaurants such as McDonald's that we have confirmed to be peanut free?

Posted on: Mon, 02/18/2002 - 10:43am
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Mom20, welcome! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Wow, that's a really tough question and I'm hoping someone else can give you some advice.
The most I have ever done with my son is to check that the food he is going to consume from somewhere is "peanut free". This would be for like McDonald's. When we first moved to the new town that we're in, my MIL and DH
took the kids into an eatery called East Side Mario's while I went to buy movie tickets.
Well, it was my PA son that said, Daddy, there's something all over the floor. What would that be? Peanuts! In speaking with Jesse's teacher this past week she said that the East Side Mario's has a big barrel of peanuts that people eat while they're in line waiting for their table. Needless to say, everyone did leave straight away and we were fortunate enough that Jesse didn't have a reaction. So, someplace like that that is blatantly not "peanut free", we'd also definitely avoid and I am meaning to contact them for what I think is an idiotic thing to do.
But as far as checking to see if personnel at a store, etc. have eaten peanut products, I've never done that and I guess I've been fortunate. I've read on this board about people taking their PA children to the doctor's office to find the doctor's personnel eating peanut products behind the desk, etc. It could get mind boggling.
I think, if you would feel comfortable doing so, it would be good to mention your daughter's PA. Maybe some stores would accommodate us and actually have the personnel wash their hands before serving us.
The other thing I find disturbing is that I thought most places now, like KFC, when a person was packing the chicken they were using gloves. I guess not.
Again, I hope someone else comes up with a better idea for you. It's a great question to a great dilemma. And again, welcome! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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