Food Color Reaction??

Posted on: Tue, 03/21/2000 - 7:03am
DavisGal's picture
Joined: 07/12/1999 - 09:00

My six year old PA son had ended up covered in hives in the ER last night. Benadryl given at home had not worked when the first hives started, thus the ER visit. He's fine and did not go into shock. The docs aren't sure what caused it, as he had no exposure to peanuts that we know of. He did have a burrito from a restaurant that we've been eating at for years. The only thing in the burrito was chicken and cheese. I will be calling them though to see if I can find the source of the incident. My question for you all is this.... has anyone had experience with allergic reactions from the coloring in foods? My mom had given him "Hot Color" fruit rollups yesturday afternoon. The ER doc said the coloring might have been the cause.


Posted on: Tue, 03/21/2000 - 7:22am
pzunick's picture
Joined: 08/20/1999 - 09:00

pmy pa son has not had a reaction, however, the doc said that we should be very careful with colors. kids with food allergies are more prone to having this reaction. don't know if that helps, but we have been on the lookout for this reaction./p

Posted on: Tue, 03/21/2000 - 7:29am
DavisGal's picture
Joined: 07/12/1999 - 09:00

pThank you.... that does help! I'll have to do some research so I know exactly what I need to look for. Any ideas about where to start?/p

Posted on: Tue, 03/21/2000 - 11:39pm
Tammy James's picture
Joined: 06/01/1999 - 09:00

pHi. We are currently looking into coloring issues with our son. He's the one who had an anaphylactic reaction to Pull Ups, and has since had skin reactions to colored underwear. His allergist has requested the labels from certain brightly colored cereals, as they don't agree with his system. The Dr. said this will take a lot of "detective work." I am awaiting a call from Fruit of the Loom to discuss their coloring procedure. Good luck in your search!! BTW, our allergist said that if he is allergic to colorings, there is no way to test him accurately. I don't quite understand that. If you learn differently, I'd love to hear about it. Thanks!/p

Posted on: Wed, 03/22/2000 - 12:38am
DavisGal's picture
Joined: 07/12/1999 - 09:00

pWell, yesturday he ended up at the hospital again. They gave him more adrenaline and while he was there one of the hospital staff was walking by and said, "oh, he got peanut butter". I'm starting to think that while he was out and about yesturday, he had a skin exposure to a peanut product./p

Posted on: Wed, 03/22/2000 - 2:13am
Tina H.'s picture
Joined: 10/13/1999 - 09:00

pDavisGal,br /
I'm wondering if there was some sort of peanut protein in the burrito. I keep my daughter away from Mexican food because I've always thought that they use peanut butter in their sauces. Perhaps it was re-fried beans that caused it? Beans are a /
Anyone else have thoughts on this?/p

Posted on: Wed, 03/22/2000 - 2:53am
DavisGal's picture
Joined: 07/12/1999 - 09:00

pThe resaurant is one that we've eaten at many times. Kenneth does react to all legumes and the burrito he had only had chicken and cheese in it. I did call them last night to see if they had changed their ingrediants and they haven't. Our rule for him is "no beans, no nuts". I'm just so frustrated... he's done so well and now this. =(/p

Posted on: Wed, 03/22/2000 - 5:23am
dmh's picture
Joined: 02/21/2000 - 09:00

pHi - My son is 4-1/2 and pa. He was diagnosed at age 2. On his first birthday we had a small red, white and blue cake for him to play in. He did not eat the cake but played in it. Wherever the cake touched his skin he broke out in hives. He had no other reaction and it cleared up on its own. We did not know he was pa at the time but I feel that food allergic children could react to food coloring. He does eat food with coloring in it now but I try to give him mostly white cake and white icing just to be cautious./p

Posted on: Fri, 03/24/2000 - 4:07pm
Donna's picture
Joined: 01/31/1999 - 09:00

pMy son has had anaphylactic reactions to food colors we THINK. It is hard to know since there is no allergy test for colors and those food items had several ingredients or could have been contaminated. We stick to foods with few ingredients now. Our allergist said to stay away from all colors for /

Posted on: Sun, 03/26/2000 - 4:40am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

pThere can definitely be an allergic reaction to food dyes. I was allergic to regular Benedryl, but could easily take dye-free /
I know there is skepticism about NAET, but my son and I were both tested and allergic to both food dyes and food additives. Since being cleared for both of these items there is no longer any reaction to foods containing them!br /
I wonder how allergists, and/or other doctors take into consideration just how many food dyes, food additives, chemicals, in our food, air, and water are now being used. If so, when will someone get the correlation between these and asthma allergy sufferers? The numbers continue to rise! Coincidence???/p

Posted on: Sun, 03/26/2000 - 11:39am
Donnamarie's picture
Joined: 11/16/1999 - 09:00

pWe have a lot of experience with multiple food allergies (it's SO-O-O hard trying to track down the cause of reactions). So my heart goes out to you. Just a thought: I agree that it MAY have been the beans. Perhaps there was some sort of cross-contamination at the restaurant? Or maybe a bean fell into the chicken mixture? Or an employee accidently used the same spoon for two different sauces? Of course, it could have been anything else. Have you thought about keeping a food diary of absolutely everything he eats? Sometimes that helps./p


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