? contact reactions

Posted on: Mon, 02/19/2007 - 2:51am
azzn's picture
Joined: 01/09/2007 - 09:00

I have wondered if my son is contact reactive, I do not think he is he has had no hives or mystery reaction symptoms since his reaction to a pb sandwich at 11 mo he is now 3 yo. I think he is probably not because as much as we try to avoid things this child feels it necessary to touch everthing wherever we are. How many others do or don't have contact reactions? I am just wondering how common these are I know that reactions can change at anytime. I just wonder more about these kinds of things as preschool gets closer, and he will be around more children his age.

Posted on: Mon, 02/19/2007 - 5:28am
SallyL's picture
Joined: 02/20/2006 - 09:00

My DD has only had a contact reaction from egg, never peanuts. I too wonder if she is contact sensitive to peanuts or not. I'm assuming if she is, she isn't overly sensitive to it or she would have probably had a mystery hive or two by now. But that's just my guess!

Posted on: Mon, 02/19/2007 - 5:55am
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Joined: 07/18/2003 - 09:00

My son, now 6, had his 1st reaction at 18 months - anaph. A couple months later, we were at a friend's house & I was putting suntan lotion on him before he went in their baby pool. A very active little boy, he ended up lying on their carpeted floor on his belly while I applied lotion to his back. About ten minutes went by, and he had little hives all over his stomach. My friend said, "what's wrong w/his stomach? Maybe he's allergic to our dog." I said that I didn't think he was allergic to dogs, just peanuts. She said "Well, my son was eating a pb&j sandwich there this morning - maybe there's crumbs on the carpet..." And there my education began!!!
The only other time, though, that he had a contact reaction was when he was almost 5. We were at my SIL's, and her kids hadn't eaten pb in 3 days, and hadn't that day either b/c we were coming to visit. Well, my son must have come into contact w/residue on something b/c his eyes started watering, nose started running, and he developed a huge hive under his eye. It swelled shut & stayed that way for almost 2 days, despite benadryl. Thankfully, it didn't go systemic.
But, we went through preschool & are now braving kindergarten and doing just fine. And even at six, he's constantly touching everything, biting nails, etc. We've been lucky, I guess. And his CapRast is off the charts consistently.

Posted on: Mon, 02/19/2007 - 6:47am
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Joined: 04/13/2005 - 09:00

hiya - adult here with PA.
I don't remember having contact reactions when I was a kid, somewhere in my 20's I started having "mystery contact hives" though that I could later attribute to pb residue.
30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Mon, 02/19/2007 - 6:56am
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Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

My kids have all gotten contact hives from various allergens. My daughter does when she lays in the grass, she'll have an exact outline around her tank top. Jake has gotten welts on his eyes at lunch, at the peanut-free table!! He's gotten hives from sunblock too. He had mystery hives on his chest when some mac and cheese fell onto his skin(a hive on each spot a noodle landed). Plus others....my two boys get hives when dogs lick them, just where the saliva touched. My two yougest get a hive if you kiss them after eating or drinking something with milk in it.
So I guess I can safely say(for my kids) they do get various contact reactions to different allergens. I just treat them each time with Benedryle and I wash them off, that helps the most.
I think casual contact is inevitable, just make sure to treat quickly(even hand washing works) and have that Bendryle handy. JMO
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)
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Posted on: Mon, 02/19/2007 - 10:45pm
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Joined: 09/26/2006 - 09:00

Hi. My son gets hives if he comes in contact with peanuts/tree nuts or seeds. That how we found out he was allergic, someone ate peanuts and then touched his face and he broke out on his face. He is off the charts on his RAST too. Someone ate a roll with poppy seeds and was holding him on his body and he had flat hives around that area. Someone else hugged him and soon after he started breaking out in hives on his neck (where he was exposed). That person had eaten bread with sesame seeds and cookies with almonds earlier that day, could have been crumbs on her shirt. Know she knows to change her shirt.
I am PA/TNA too but as far as I know I'm not contact sensitive, but wonder if I'm becoming airborne sensitive.
[This message has been edited by momll70 (edited February 20, 2007).]

Posted on: Tue, 02/20/2007 - 1:35am
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Joined: 04/18/2005 - 09:00

My DD proved her contact reactivity to us at age 3 when she grabbed the top of an open jar of peanut butter and immediately touched her cheek. Why she did that, I'm sure I have no idea. But the hives at that spot actually confirmed her allergy to me, besides showing that she's contact-reactive. Her hands didn't get hives. In fact, they never have. It seems to be just more sensitive areas of skin that react for her. A truly contact-only reaction for her has not turned serious; she gets hives that go away with washing. But a residue reaction is not necessarily a contact reaction. They can put their fingers in their mouth or they can touch their food with residue on their fingers or they can set their food or utensils on residue. Those are actually ingestion reactions, just with a small quantity. My DD has had that happen -- not a lot, considering how many days she's gone out into the world and it hasn't happened. But she's shown us she can react to traces so small we can't see them.

Posted on: Tue, 02/20/2007 - 12:48pm
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Joined: 11/23/2001 - 09:00

My pa son had his first ingestion reaction (hives) at 11 months old. It was not until he was 5 or 6 that he had his first contact reaction and has had 3 that were anaphalactic.

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