ketchup reaction?

Posted on: Mon, 09/24/2001 - 1:22pm
Tessie's picture
Joined: 09/23/2001 - 09:00

Hi, my daughter is almost 7 and is PA. She has complained of an itchy tongue when she eats ketchup--but no other symptoms follow. she won't eat chicken without ketchup so I still give it to her. Could this 'itch' just be a response to the spiciness?? what do you think? Anyone with a similair story? Thanks, Jeanne

Posted on: Fri, 09/28/2001 - 1:33pm
julieb's picture
Joined: 07/21/2001 - 09:00

Jeanne, my toddler is allergic to a lot of things and one allergen is wheat so that means he can't have distilled vinegar, which is in so many ketchup brands. So, I can't relate to your situation. But, maybe you might want to try a ketchup that works for us and see if your child still gets that itchy feeling. We use "Westbrae Fruit-Sweetened Catsup". It's actually pretty good tasting. You can easily get it at health food stores. Hope this helps! Warmly, Julie B.

Posted on: Sun, 09/30/2001 - 11:42am
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Jacob used to scream when eating a certain kind of ketchup and tell me it was burning his mouth. I can't remember what brand it was unfortunately. We haven't experienced it since then either...only that one bottle. Have you tried changing brands and since you said she will not eat chicken without ketchup is it possible that it is the chicken? Is she eating plain chicken that you cook or breaded chicken nuggets?

Posted on: Sun, 09/30/2001 - 1:26pm
Joined: 03/17/2001 - 09:00

My brother (now 53yrs old) cannot eat ketchup because he is allergic to vinegar. He lives in Hawaii and it is hard to get a hold of him but I'll try to find out info for you. Never heard of this allergy before until he was visiting a few years back. I asked if he wanted any ketchup with his fries and he told me he couldn't because he was allergic. We are 14 years apart and he lives half way 'round the world so who knew? He told me it was definitely an allergy to vinegar. Good luck!

Posted on: Sun, 09/30/2001 - 1:46pm
Renee111064's picture
Joined: 07/05/2001 - 09:00

has your child been tested for chicken allergy? My son is allergic to chicken.
He has never had an reaction to ketchup. Thank GOD!!!! If he was allergic to ketchup his life as he sees it would be ruined.
He is a ketchup fanatic. He puts ketchup on EVERYTHING and I do me everything.
Maybe since others have said about the vinegar allergy that you may need to try to weed out what exactly is the problem. Try different things in the ketchup ingredients with your child to see what exactly it would be.
Best wishes,

Posted on: Sun, 09/30/2001 - 11:28pm
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Joined: 06/08/2001 - 09:00

How about the tomatoes? I have an allergy to them, but will still eat ketchup, because I figure the tomato content is actually quite minimal, but if I eat too much then I will get the tingly lips and tongue
Does she eat tomato anywhere else?
If you think it might be one of the additives in the ketchup, you can make a very simple one on your own by mixing equal parts of tomato paste and vinegar, put into an old ketchup squeeze bottle and shake vigorously.

Posted on: Mon, 10/01/2001 - 12:25pm
Tessie's picture
Joined: 09/23/2001 - 09:00

Thanks to everyone for all the great ideas. I'll have to do some experimenting. I never thought it was the chicken because she used to eat chicken in casaroles but that was long ago. Now she is a fairly picky eater which I indulge because of the pood allergy. But I also don't think she puts ketchup on anything else. How can you test vinegar--definitely a nasty thing to eat plain!? I'll let you know if I find any answers. Jeanne

Posted on: Tue, 10/02/2001 - 11:28am
Tessie's picture
Joined: 09/23/2001 - 09:00

[quote]Originally The chicken can be plain home-cooked or McD's nuggets --no difference. I really don't think it's the chicken. thanks, Jeanne

Posted on: Tue, 12/04/2001 - 9:04am
pat's picture
Joined: 11/02/1999 - 09:00

Are there any safe ketchups?

Posted on: Fri, 12/07/2001 - 11:49am
Renee111064's picture
Joined: 07/05/2001 - 09:00

I buy Heinz ketchup on a regular basis. We probably go through a bottle every month. My pa child uses ketchup on EVERYTHING. Just about everything anyway. Meat, veggies and noodles. He has never had a reaction to it thank goodness.
best wishes,
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Posted on: Fri, 12/07/2001 - 12:42pm
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Ditto here about the Heinz.... oh, and we have a wheat allergy, too...
BUT (here is where I don flame proof suit [img][/img] ) Distilled vinegar which is carefully handled should definitely be safe for all but those who are highly wheat/corn allergic. It is merely a solution which is 5 percent acetic acid with traces of other volatile components... Distillation is a much "safer" method of eliminating an allergenic protein than is extraction (the process used to refine oils) SO- as to a vinegar allergy, I would say nothing is absolutely impossible, but this is about as probable as a genuine ALLERGY to aspartame or MSG. (Intolerances or metabolic differences are probably much more common.) I wouldn't be too worried about vinegar causing an immune-mediated problem unless you have a severe corn or wheat allergy.
Disclaimer- I am not a medical doctor... I am a "chemical" one instead [img][/img]
Just a thought- if it is just the acidity of the food which is causing the "strange" sensation (possible) then lemon juice should cause her to experience the same thing. Might see if that's the case- if so its nothing to cause any concern.
[This message has been edited by Corvallis Mom (edited December 07, 2001).]


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