If you avoid shea butter/oil do you also avoid coconut?

Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2007 - 11:04am
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

We don't avoid either. My oldest is PN/also definite almond/hazelnut/chickpea/lentil. Youngest has a very low positive blood test for PN. I'm not saying whether you should or shouldn't avoid them, just that my family doesn't. *We* probably would if I thought it was typical to process them on shared equipment with PN and treenuts he was allergic to. So far, it's not my impression they are....but I could be wrong. I'd love to find "safe" macadamia nuts since there is no indication (history or blood test) that he is.

Again, no advice, just personally.

Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2007 - 12:17pm
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Joined: 09/26/2006 - 09:00

I'm PA/TNA and other MFA and DS is PA/TNA and allergic to seeds (sesame, etc) and we avoid Shea but not coconut. (I would use shea in lotions but I don't because I don't want to take a chance around my son. Just my choice not to use it).
[This message has been edited by momll70 (edited June 27, 2007).]

Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2007 - 12:19pm
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Joined: 05/22/2006 - 09:00

We stay away from shea butter, but I'm planning on giving coconut a try this summer. He's both peanut and fish allergic.
Curious to see what others do too.

Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2007 - 1:54pm
mcmom's picture
Joined: 06/15/2004 - 09:00

Ds is TNA, and since reading shea is classified as a tree nut, we avoid. We don't avoid coconut since it is not a tree nut.

Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2007 - 2:11pm
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Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

we don't avoid Shea(in lotions is all I've noticed), but if someone gave Jake a coconut cluster cookie or whatever, I would probably not allow him to eat it(and he would get very nervous because of the name anyways). I just tell him, if it doesn't sound right, don't eat it. Not sure if he's ever actuallye aten coconut...to be honest I am sure nothing would happen since it's a fruit, it's just the name as to why we avoid.
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Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2007 - 2:25pm
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Joined: 02/14/2000 - 09:00

DD has eaten coconut so we don't avoid it. The Quaker Granola bars from Canada have coconut in them. So all 3 of my kids have had it without any problems. We do avoid shea-her allergist advised us to avoid it.

Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2007 - 2:40pm
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Joined: 12/22/2005 - 09:00

We avoid shea and DD does eat coconut. She is TNA only.

Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2007 - 3:13pm
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Shea: avoid in topical products and foods, but not assiduously.
Coconut: Don't really avoid, but exposure is probably very rare since few of these products are okay for DD other than a few shampoos/conditioners.
We do this primarily because DD has a demonstrated 'spreading' sensitization to unrelated tree nuts.
Ed. speling. Make that 'spelling.'
[This message has been edited by Corvallis Mom (edited June 28, 2007).]

Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2007 - 9:10pm
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Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

DS has been eating both since long before coconut was classified as a nut, and before we knew shea was a TN. He's never reacted to either. He is TNA, and has reacted badly to other nuts.
We may rethink the Shea, but not the coconut. To me, it's still a fruit. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2007 - 9:48pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Ryan's highly allergic to peanut (3rd RAST a couple of weeks ago and he's back up to >100) with severe reactions before his PA diagnosis. Tree nuts are low positives (in comparison to peanut) with numbers ranging from 1-2.5 with no known reactions and he ate them frequently before PA diagnosis at age 3.
He eats mangos, kiwi, and coconut without problems on a regular basis. He still consumes the Kissables with shea with no reactions.
We're still cautious with his tree nut numbers and avoid them, but our experience and feeling is that his tree nut numbers are false positives. So although he doesn't eat any tree nuts, we do not go out of our way to avoid shea.
Our allergist has mentioned to us on occasion that the actual medical history is the best indicator of a food allergy. So since Ryan has been eating shea with no problems in his food in the past few months, we will not go out of our way to avoid.
Ryan has never been tested for anything other than peanuts or tree nuts. However, I have wondered if he was tested for milk or eggs, he may come up with false positives on those, maybe even higher than his tree nut numbers. But those numbers would not prove he is truly allergic. Our allergist said he has a few patients who tested highly allergic for a particular allergen and eat foods with that particular allergen safely with no problems or history of a reactions. To me, it kind of goes back to what did we do before all of this scientific (and sometimes innacurate) blood testing. If X food causes a problem, that is the specific food to avoid. (No medical advice here whatsoever, and I'll probably get slammed for my thoughts on this [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] .)
Individual body chemistry is truly unique.

Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2007 - 10:00pm
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Joined: 03/15/2004 - 09:00

Great question MB...interesting to see how others view Shea. We do not avoid Shea at this time in all products. My DS is Class VI pn, Class 1 soy, and we are avoiding all tn because his first blood test he was Class I to brazil nuts.
He has been eating Kissables since they came out and he has been fine. However, I don't buy lotion, etc. that has Shea listed. I feel it is easy enough to aviod buying those lotions...but the Kissables are another story.
We do not avoid coconut.
I am planning to ask our allergist at the next appointment to see what he thinks as well.

Posted on: Wed, 06/27/2007 - 10:51pm
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Joined: 04/18/2005 - 09:00

I've decided DD should avoid shea butter since supposedly people with latex allergies are more likely to have problems with shea, besides that it really does appear to be a nut. But I've decided not to worry about shea oil. Refined oils aren't supposed to pose a problem with allergies, and she has never reacted to shea. Peanut oil we do avoid since she has an actual peanut allergy and a demonstrated severe sensitivity level. We do not avoid coconut, although she doesn't like it.

Posted on: Sat, 06/30/2007 - 1:49pm
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Do avoid sheanut/shea butter in toiletries/whatever. Am unclear if sheanut oil is listed as "vegetable oil" in chocolate bars (that whole Coffee Crisp thing), so if there is sheanut oil in Canadian Coffee Crisp bars, my guy has been eating them since time began.
We do not avoid coconut.
This week I bought a package of Dare Coconut Creme cookies and it said on the package "peanut/nut free". It was interesting to see their *take* on it. Never had a problem with coconut.
My guy is PA, and TNA as well now (diagnosed TNA a couple of months ago).
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
There but for the Grace of God, go I.

Posted on: Sun, 07/01/2007 - 6:54am
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Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream:
[b]My guy is PA, and TNA as well now (diagnosed TNA a couple of months ago).
Hi Cindy.. sorry to hear Jesse is now TNA, as that will make life more complex. Is he allergic to all tree nuts, or just tested positive for one type?
To answer the original question, I do not avoid shea and I do not avoid coconut (I am PA only)

Posted on: Sun, 07/01/2007 - 2:33pm
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erik, totally okay that Jess is TNA as well (well, you know what I mean I think). We had always been a Peanut and Tree Nut free home anyway. This whole *issue* was brought up when Jesse ate "may contain trace almonds" Hershey Kisses at Christmas. I disagreed with him eating them, but he had eaten two "may contain trace tree nut" products within the last three years (Grandma's). That was a new part of the journey we were going on. What I did was explain to Jess that I disagreed with his decision and that before he did eat any more "may contain tree nut" products, I'd like to have him tested. When I took him, yup, 6 years later (he was negative last time), he was TNA, the worst reaction to almonds. There's a thread on here about it because Jesse was in on the whole consult and I wasn't too pleased with some of the things the allergist said (especially in front of him).
I've been thinking (and do have to discuss it in the thread re his testing) about how that diagnosis really affects us 'cus really at first glance it wouldn't appear to, KWIM? but I do now have to be careful if we're in a grocery with tree nuts in deli meats and even in my local grocery where there are tree nuts in some of the muffins.
Truth be told, although I've been careful, I don't think it's really really sunk in - not like the PA thing at all.
An example - if there were muffins with peanuts in them we wouldn't be buying any muffins but Jess has still been buying the chocolate chip muffin and it could possibly have touched the carrot muffin with walnuts in it.
As I say, it's something I have to discuss more in depth in the thread re his testing - when I first got the diagnosis I thought it didn't change things but now I do have to explore what it does change and treat it as seriously as I do PA (although the allergist said he could eat a tree nut square and only have a mild reaction [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ).
But no, you know me, I'll figure it out and figure that whole comfort zone out for that.
Just touch wood that he doesn't develop any more than PA/TNA 'cus I think soy or sesame would be extremely difficult to deal with.
Apologies for de-railing the thread, MB.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
There but for the Grace of God, go I.

Posted on: Sun, 07/01/2007 - 11:27pm
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Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream:
[b]Apologies for de-railing the thread, MB.
derailing? Are you kidding? I read this and knew just what you were talking about:
[b]"An example - if there were muffins with peanuts in them we wouldn't be buying any muffins but Jess has still been buying the chocolate chip muffin and it could possibly have touched the carrot muffin with walnuts in it."[/b]
You mean like a "third cousin twice removed"? Now my son *is* allergic to almonds, peanuts, and hazelnuts, both class 5 now, and almonds being anaphylactic history, and with the popularity of one being an oil, and both being ground and put into bakery items here, we just write "neighborhood" bakeries off, but not commercial baked goods entirely. But no, I understand. I'm not offering advice, but I understand. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 07/02/2007 - 5:11am
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Joined: 02/07/2002 - 09:00

We don't avoid shea, but do avoid coconut. He's allergic to coconut per RAST, and he was tested for that before they classified coconut as a tree nut.
Cheryl, mom to Jason (9 MFA including peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, coconut, sesame, squid)
Joey (7 NKA)
Allison (4 milk allergic, suspect shellfish, avoiding PN/TN for now)
Ryan (1) nka *knock on wood*

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