Help New to PA - Pizza caused reaction

Posted on: Thu, 09/21/2006 - 11:34am
jtrichel's picture
Joined: 09/21/2006 - 09:00

My 17mo son was recently diagnosed with PA by an Allergist. So far he has had one reaction to PB. He had hives on his face which went away within 1/2 hour w/o benedryl. Tonight I ordered pizza from a place we have eaten at before. I still spoke to the manager about PA. He checked with one of his employees with PA and said they didn't use any peanuts or peanut oils. So I am thinking it was something else in the pizza but wanted to get the opinions of others who have more experience than I. My son ate sausage, mushroom and black olive pizza with a little ranch to dip it in (he loves to dip). could it be a sudden reaction to tomatoes? I am feeling a little lost. He got hives/splotches around his mouth that went away within an hour with benedryl.

Posted on: Thu, 09/21/2006 - 11:46am
chloesmommy's picture
Joined: 03/01/2006 - 09:00

Hi. Chloe sometimes gets rashes from the acidicness (if there is such a word) in the tomato..Not from all pizzas but some, so I bet it was the type of sauce they used/make...Does your child react to any other type of tomatoes or tomatoe paste? Sensitive skin? If the rash was just on the face maybe it was contact reaction /senstitivity to the sauce.
Good luck..I know how frieghtening it can be when the hives start to appear and your waiting to see what will occur next...

Posted on: Thu, 09/21/2006 - 12:08pm
mommamia8's picture
Joined: 11/13/2005 - 09:00

It could be the tomato acid but I am thinking the Ranch dressing. Has he had the dressing before? I'm not sure but I think it has egg in it. Has he had eggs before?

Posted on: Thu, 09/21/2006 - 12:16pm
chloebastian's picture
Joined: 09/11/2006 - 09:00

Sounds similar to what has happened to my son...except it was the dipping sauce. Was it actual hives or was the skin just red around the mouth? The only food my son is allergic to is peanuts but for some reason (maybe because his skin is SUPER sensitive) his skin gets red where ever salad dressing touches his face. After I wash it off, it goes away a few minutes later. Of course, it's ALWAYS best to error on the side of caution. If you haven't already had him tested for other allergies, I would get him tested.

Posted on: Thu, 09/21/2006 - 12:24pm
falcon's picture
Joined: 07/03/2004 - 09:00

Do they use pine nuts or walnuts for pesto there? Perhaps it was a cross contamination situation...

Posted on: Thu, 09/21/2006 - 12:39pm
alliedhealth's picture
Joined: 06/10/2006 - 09:00

Could be the sauce/dressing but also note that many olives (Mario and Food Lion brand) here in the south now have "produced on equipment that processes almonds" warning due to almond stuffings- just a thought...
pesto cross-contamination also may be a possibility...

Posted on: Thu, 09/21/2006 - 2:08pm
krc's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

Everytime my PA/TNA/Soy dd eats ranch dressing she beomes red around her mouth. They say ( they as in: board certified allergist) the soybean oil in the ranch can't cause a soy reaction- but either way- she becomes very red around the mouth- and so we avoid it now.

Posted on: Thu, 09/21/2006 - 2:15pm
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

I would suspect egg in the dressing. But maybe that's because both my kids were allergic to eggs at that age.
Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 1/2 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Fri, 09/22/2006 - 12:03am
lalow's picture
Joined: 03/24/2004 - 09:00

another idea i am going to throw in the mix is that when my ds was that age and recently diagnosed it seemed like for a while was getting hives all the time. this went away after several months but for a while i was really confused. i concluded that sometimes after a reaction there imune system is extra sensitive. i dont know if this is true.
James 4 yrs, NKA
Ben 3 yrs, PA and MA and SA

Posted on: Fri, 09/22/2006 - 12:35am
jtolpin's picture
Joined: 05/28/2003 - 09:00

I have no idea what to guess.
I gotta think, if your son ONLY has peanut (or treenut) allergies, it wasn't the pizza that caused the reaction.
Generally, pizza doesn't have peanuts in it, right? (yeah yeah.. I know x-contam issues with pesto, etc...)
I would think the meats on the pizza were fine. Ditto the crust, etc...
So what DID cause the reaction? NO idea. RAST (or SPT) testing might show what the child is allergic to (maybe its MORE than peanuts, kwim?)
[b]* Obsessed * [/b]

Posted on: Fri, 09/22/2006 - 12:38am
maphiemom's picture
Joined: 12/01/2005 - 09:00

Do they serve deserts at the place you were at, it could be a transfer, someone serves a desert then had residue and made your pizza, similar thing happened to my daughter there was no peanut or nuts in her meal , they staff was very careful about that but she had a reaction due to some proteins on something in the resturant, we came to the conclusion that because our drinks were made at the bar the bartender who (which we didn't Know)handles bowls of peanuts behind the bar and then made our drinks and caused the exposure, needless to say we will not be going back, but our server who was scared out of his mind will be ever more cautious if anyone else comes in with PA.


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