do wipes really eliminate peanut residue ?

Posted on: Sun, 02/18/2001 - 1:11pm
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pAlthough wipes clearly remove the obvious, do they really effectively remove the oil from a person's hand or the airplane tray,etc.? Also - Thanks to everyone who answered my question about sesame seeds a while back./p

Posted on: Sun, 02/18/2001 - 1:39pm
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Good question Ks., wondering this myself.
Thought i heard or read somewhere that its pretty good for this since the wipes are kind of "anti bacterial" (for lack of a better term. If wipes dont get rid of it, what does? I mean do you have to bring out the rubbing alcohol or bleech or maybe a blow torch or what?

Posted on: Sun, 02/18/2001 - 9:44pm
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Here's one of those topics I have experience with, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's right!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
My son had a 'touch test' in the allergist's office. She smeared a tiny amount (barely enough to see) of PB on his back. Within 20 minutes he developed a hive right where the PB was. She used an alcohol wipe to clean his back. She wiped the PB area first, then - using the same wipe - wiped the other areas of his back where she had marked with a pen (from the patch test he was also having read that day - all negative, BTW). By the time we got home, his entire back was fiery red, itchy and covered in tiny hives. And we could clearly see everywhere the wipe had touched - streaks of red, and hives. He was miserable all the way home in the car - crying and trying to scratch. As soon as we figured out what was wrong, we got him in the tub and scrubbed him down, and gave him Benadryl. He was fine after that.
So, in my opinion, wipes do not do the trick. (Maybe because it was alcohol, and not a 'soap'?)

Posted on: Sun, 02/18/2001 - 10:04pm
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I find that the Anti-Bacterial Wipes really do the trick. We travel a lot by airplane because we are not near family, and we travel with our 2 1/2 year old PA daughter almost once every few months. I always pre-board and wipe the tray, armrests, windows, etc, whatever she might touch. 90% of the time she does not get hives while we fly. The few times I've had to use BabyWipes I find that she will still get a few hives on her hands or arms. Maybe it is the alcohol content in the Anti-Bacterial ones that seems to clean up the oil better than baby wipes.
Hope this helps.
Shandra

Posted on: Mon, 02/19/2001 - 12:52pm
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There was an article within the last year in the FAAN newsletter about cleaning methods. The bottom line, if I remember correctly, was that soap and water and a washing action were the most effective in removing residue.
So, if you can't do soap/water (and happens all the time, right?), how much less effective are wipes? I can't remember if the article addressed this but am curious as well.
Antibacterial, bleach, etc. would seem to be irrelevant but maybe these wipes do have a better removal action - what we want is the residue removed, we are not trying to kill bacteria.

Posted on: Mon, 02/19/2001 - 1:29pm
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Lam, i wonder if it was because the wipe had the pb residue on it and then the allergist just spread the residue (knowingly or unknowingly) around your childs back which resulted in many tiny hives? Or perhaps it was the alcohol as opposed to the soapy ones.
Maddiesmom, what exactly are antibacterial wipes? are they the alcohol based ones or baby wipes or something else. I'll have to go check our baby wipes to see their contents.
P.S. I was kidding about the blow torch!lol.

Posted on: Mon, 02/19/2001 - 3:21pm
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I think I heard this at the FAN conference last year. First on surfaces, it is actually the back and forth (friction) motion that is removing the residue or breaking it down. What you clean with isn't as important as 'how' you clean. They also said regular old warm water and soap will do the trick on hands. At school if the kids have to use wipes instead of soap and water for some reason we have them wipe their hands vigorously while counting to ten slowly.
Linda

Posted on: Mon, 02/19/2001 - 9:14pm
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redtruck-The antibacterial wipes I referred to are out on the market as hand wipes (in the soap/lotion section of the grocery stores) but they have antibacterial stuff in it. There are many brands but the current one we use is actually made by Johnson and Johnson (which I found in the baby aisle). I use them for when I can't wash my daughters hands immediatly after she touches many objects with "cooties" on it! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Good luck in finding them~
Shandra (mom to 2 1/2 year old PA daughter, Madeline)

Posted on: Mon, 02/19/2001 - 9:36pm
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redtruck (and Everyone)
Sorry for the confusion!! I am certain it was the PB oil being smeared all over my child's back that caused the hives - that's why I don't think wipes work effectively; they just smear the oil around, not wash it off.

Posted on: Wed, 04/24/2002 - 1:47pm
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We had a great appointment with our allergist on Monday. We were able to speak with the nutritionist, too, as I am freaked out about sending Josh to preschool this coming fall. One of the things I asked her about was cleaning methods for the lunchroom. She said that very soapy water is the best thing to use - it's the soap that gets everything all slippery and lifts the protein off the surface. She said the anit-bacterial gels are only killing bacteria and wipes aren't really soapy enough. In my own experience, I have used baby wipes on several airplanes with success, but perhaps it was just luck? I'm going to use soapy water whenever possible and then baby wipes as a stand-in if soapy water is not available. (Aren't there some pretty "wet" wipes out there? I know Huggies are on the dry side.)

Posted on: Fri, 04/26/2002 - 2:08am
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I find that WetOnes, which makes both regular and antibacterial handwipes, is very "wet" and soapy. After cleaning my hands with them I am usually left with a little bit of sudsy stuff on my hands. So if that makes a difference, I would go with that sort of wipe rather than a baby wipe.

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