HIves from a Pillsbury quick bread

Posted on: Wed, 11/29/2000 - 11:15am
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I called Pillsbury regarding a Cinnamon swirl quick bread, they reassured me there were no peanuts in the product and no kind of nuts were used in the plant where this was made. I gave a slice to my severely pa son and in 15 minutes he had hives~I couldn't believe it-I called them back and they have still reassured me there were no peanuts...I am having the bread tested through the FDA~I just want to be sure, just in case he is becoming allergic to something else (I sure hope not!) It has been over 24 hours and he still has hives that come and go~this is so scary. He has already went into anaphalactic shock the first time he had peanut butter--I am having flashbacks-I was up all night last night with a flashlight and my epipen-staring at him. Anyway, I just wanted to send out a warning, just in case, and I will post any results I get from the FDA. (the only allergy information listed on the product was regarding eggs)

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Posted on: Wed, 11/29/2000 - 12:05pm
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Colleen:
I'm sorry to hear about the hives. I'm concerned that they haven't gone away yet. Have you been treating them with anything? Benadryl? I ask because my son had hives that would not go away even with Benadryl, and (hindsight 20/20) we now know it was because the allergen was still present... his Pull-ups. I'm not suggesting Pull-ups are the cause, just that maybe the allergen/irritant is still present. Is there any chance that the reaction is from something else? If the hives start to go away after a dose of Benadryl, then come back in 3-4 hours, I'd consider that maybe something else is causing them. Just a thought, based on what we went through.

Posted on: Wed, 11/29/2000 - 1:11pm
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I have to ask the same question as LAM, are you treating him with benadryl? My son had a reaction awhile ago to a nutrigrain bar. He had eaten them everyday for breakfast and stopped for a few weeks. After the break, I had given him another one and he broke out in hives around his eyes.
I immediately gave him benadryl and the hives were gone within a few minutes. When I called his allergist, he said he must be reacting to something in the nutrigrain bar. My son has only been tested for peanuts. When I called the company, I was assured that they were made in a peanut-free facility and there was no chance for cross-contamination.
The hives kept coming back when the benadryl wore off (every 4-6 hours). The allergist said this was normal and it should take 3-4 days for his body to rid the allergen. I hope your son (and you) are doing better. Take care. Deanna

Posted on: Wed, 11/29/2000 - 2:16pm
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Oh, tough nights to get through! We have had hives last two weeks, with the allergist saying that was normal (for someone with my sons severity of reactions). The second week they mostly just came after bath, etc.
Keep us posted on Pillsbury. Their answers have not been very consistent to me, so I'm always a little leary...
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Posted on: Wed, 11/29/2000 - 2:49pm
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ColleenC., as others have posted, I would definitely look for another source of the hives. However, there is a thread under Manufacturers re Pillsbury and apparently many PA parents are not terribly pleased with them. I'm sorry, I should have checked your profile before I posted, but are you in Canada or the U.S.? I believe our Canadian Pillsbury products are clearly labeled (I may be mistaken and certainly don't mind being corrected), but I understand that in America they're not so great.
This reminds me of a reaction both of my children had to Multi-Grain Cheerios a couple of years ago. The warning it had was "may contain trace almonds". They both developed rashes around their mouths. They went away fairly quickly but I was still freaked. I called General Mills as soon as I got home and I was told that they were made in a "peanut-free" facility so there was no possibility that there was a peanut product in there.
Now, as it turns out, I do avoid any tree nut products and do not buy any that say "may contain trace almonds, walnuts, whatever" and I may have started doing that after this reaction. My PA son especially liked that type of Cheerios and despite it's sugar coating I thought the multi-grain was a good balance.
At any rate, neither children are allergic to almonds since I have had them tested and neither of them are allergic to anything that was in the box at all. So that one would remain a mystery for me. In fact, my daughter is allergic to nothing at all, except for the positive she scored for milk (don't know the # of the score yet) which she drinks by the gallon each day with absolutely no evidence of any type of reaction!
I am so sorry to hear that both you and your child went through this and I'm hoping you get more sleep tonight. Also, the Benadryl question people have raised in their threads above is also very valid. I would look for another source but I would also e-mail Pillsbury to see if you could get something in writing (sorta) rather than speaking on the phone with someone. I still maintain that if you call a particular manufacturer, with say 10 people manning the phones for these types of questions, we may very well come up with 10 different answers depending on the company and also the individuals answering the phones.
Again, I hope you and your little guy are okay. Please let us know what happens. And, what wonderful information to have, for Americans, that you can have a suspect food tested by the FDA. How do you do that?
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 11/29/2000 - 11:01pm
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(My apologies if someone has already mentioned this, I scanned these posts pretty quickly.) My thought -- Was this the first time for the child to have cinnamon? If so, maybe have the allergist test for cinnamon allergy? Hang in there! EB

Posted on: Thu, 11/30/2000 - 12:58am
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Thank you so much for all of your support~it brought me to tears! I didn't realize you all could understand what we are going through~thank you again. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I have been treating him with Benadryl every 4 hours...however yesterday he didn't have any for 8 hours and then they started popping out everywhere! This morning he had them as well...I gave him Benadryl and they have gone...so far. I haven't given him anything new?? What was in the pullups that he was allergic to? His allergy doctor is calling me this afternoon~
He has had cinnamon before?? I did think of another allergen..that is why I wanted the bread tested, to see if there is peanut present (which would be good) because then I would know it was that. But if not, he is probably allergic to God knows what!! We went through this hive thing for 2 months when he was 1 (he is 3 now) until we figured out it was peanuts. I had never knowingly gave him peanuts, and when I gave him a bite of a peanutbutter cookie he vomited, broke out in hives and wasn't able to breathe. I guess that's why I am so stressed about it-just so afraid I am giving him something (not knowingly) that will cause him to not be able to breathe.
I called the local FDA office and spoke with a very helpful woman who wanted it to be investigated.
I am in the US...I hope I answered everyone's questions..my printer is broken so I am not able to print out everyone's response. I am trying to remember everything on a few hours sleep~lol..Thank you all again~I appreciate all of your help.

Posted on: Thu, 11/30/2000 - 1:20am
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When my son had an allergic reaction to Amoxicillin, it took over a week for the hives to stop. They ended up putting him on Prednisone because of how widespread they were, his history,etc. Not to discourage you, but it may take a few more days.
BTW, how do you get something tested thru the FDA? This is very valuable info!
Hang in there - we've all been thru those nights of watching them - this is definitely the place to come for sympathy and understanding.
Amy

Posted on: Thu, 11/30/2000 - 4:51am
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Colleen:
Goodness... I just hate it for you that you are still dealing with this. I just want to address the question back to me. We never found out exactly what caused the reaction to the Pull-Ups, but I have absolutely no doubt that's what it was from. The allergist did a patch test, but the patches were only allowed to be left on for 2 days - not long enough, in my opinion. There is another person here on the boards who is still trying to figure out why her daughter is reacting to diapers/pull-ups. Her user name is rebekah. I hope your allergist can help you pin this down today! Good luck to you, and take care.

Posted on: Thu, 11/30/2000 - 7:24am
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I just wanted to say how sorry I am that you and your child are going through this. I really feel for you. Hopefully it will soon pass. I'm glad (and surprised) to hear the FDA is cooperative and I'm interested to know how far they follow through on this. keep us updated. best wishes.

Posted on: Thu, 11/30/2000 - 12:23pm
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Just a response to Cindy Cook. I agree with all of you. Pillsbury is very inconsistent with their replies. I have had one person tell me those special holiday cookies (roll that you cut) for halloween and christmas etc. were o.k. I called them back and another person told me they were not. I stay away from all of their products. The reason for the reaction with the product that said "may contain almonds"..may be because the almonds may have cross contaminated with peanuts at its place of processing (not the cereal co.)Just a thought. I don't feed my daughter anything with nuts of any kind. I dont want to take any risks.

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