If you\'re allergic to tree nuts, peanuts, or both, are you allergic to Shea Nuts?

Posted on: Sat, 01/13/2007 - 4:46pm
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

My boys aren't. My oldest is allergic to peanuts and treenuts *and* lentils. My youngest has a positive blood test for peanuts. Both eat shea nut products (mostly the oil) without incident. It's in many of the foods they regularly consume.

Posted on: Sat, 01/13/2007 - 10:57pm
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Joined: 01/28/2006 - 09:00

This is a copy of my post to Erik in the Kissable's thread. It makes more sense in this thread than the Kissable's thread.
Yes, it is possible to react to those items, something about how they are related or cross related to tree nuts.
My DD is allergic to all tree nuts (and tree pollens as well) and coconut. Yes, coconut is classified as a fruit, but apparently there is some relation to tree nuts??? I don't understand, nor do I try, we just avoid. Seeing her reaction was enough for me. And yes, DD has also reacted to Shea Butter in moisturizer so our allergist has instructed us to completely avoid any Shea Nut products - oil included.
In addition, there are other fruits that are fine during most of the year, but when certain tree pollen is high, she takes one bite and refuses to eat anymore. Her body knows best.
My DD is "very reactive" (her allergist's words) so she may be more sensitive than others."
As I said, I did not spend the time researching this one - as you know from your own allergy experiences - once there has been a severe reaction your focus goes to just prevent another!

Posted on: Sun, 01/14/2007 - 12:57am
VariegatedRB's picture
Joined: 11/23/2005 - 09:00

I have been avoiding it in skin care products, but before the Kissables incident had not even SEEN it on a food label...
So... I have not reacted to it, though I have reacted to other "oils" and since there are alternative products and the verdict on it is still up in the air, I figure why risk it?
Now... If I find out that the kissables have had it all along and they have just changed their labeling, I may decide not to avoid it any more, since that would mean I have been ingesting it without reaction.
Tara P

Posted on: Sun, 01/14/2007 - 2:16am
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

I am allergic to peanuts ONLY. I am not allergic to shea as I have had products (chocolate and soap) that contained shea.
However, I am also not allergic to tree nuts or coconut.

Posted on: Sun, 01/14/2007 - 3:52am
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Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

Shea, never thought of it before until it was brought up in the Kissables thread. I started noticing, it is in all of our baby soap and baby lotion....Shea butter(is that different then Shea Nut??) anwyays, we've been using it for over a year, my kids have VERY sensitive skin(one with eczema, the p/a) and since I started using it, our flair-ups have been less.....and I don't use the Protopic hardly ever anymore. SO I think it is safe, at least for us....no reactions at least, and better skin. I will go ahead and ask the allergist though, what he thinks about the Shea....(we have peanut and 5/7 nut allergies in one of my kids) so I better find out, I guess. I am calling tomorrow anyways, need RAST levels on 3 of my kids this week.

Posted on: Sun, 01/14/2007 - 6:17am
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Joined: 04/13/2005 - 09:00

I can't use shea body products - serious hives!
However, I don't attribute this to my PA. Reading up on shea, I discovered that it has a cross-reactivity with a latex allergy and tree nut allergy. I am TNA also. But, I have a slight latex allergy as well.
Another good reference (though it doesn't mention shea...however it talks about drupes, and shea is a drupe like an almond...)
Fruits Called Nuts
So - I stay away from food items with shea oil and shea butter. It's cold-pressed (not highly refined). I'll have to start reading all Hershey labels now to see if it's going to go into other Hershey products.
Time to stock up on older Kissables!
Edited to add: I have tested positive to cashews and almonds, and it also showed an allergy to avocado and mango. The shea butter/oil is made from the fruit surrounding the nut/seed...since I'm allergic to avocado and mango, I also have another reason to avoid shea, by logic.
30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy
[This message has been edited by ajgauthier (edited January 14, 2007).]

Posted on: Sun, 01/14/2007 - 7:14am
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Joined: 08/01/2006 - 09:00

Thanks for the article. We have PA and TNA (Pecan, cashew, walnut- and they only tested 5 nuts)- which is why we avoid anything related to a "nut"- except our relatives of course- Ha...Ha
I do know that my DD had a mosturizing/face stick with Shea Butter we used on her as an infant (prior to allergy diagnosis)that didn't produce a reaction- but we still avoid for now- due to lack of information.

Posted on: Sun, 01/14/2007 - 12:15pm
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Joined: 02/07/2002 - 09:00

My son Jason is PA, TNA and coconut allergic, and has no problems with Shea nuts, so I don't worry about avoiding it.
Cheryl, mom to Jason (9 MFA including peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish and egg)
Joey (7 NKA)
Allison (4 milk allergic, suspect shellfish, avoiding PN/TN for now)
Ryan (1) nka *knock on wood*

Posted on: Sun, 01/14/2007 - 1:31pm
gw_mom3's picture
Joined: 02/14/2000 - 09:00

Anyone who has had Canadian coffee crisp *may* have had shea oil
According to that thread it falls under vegetable oil on the label.

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