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We had a reaction yesterday. DS was playing outside with DH and puppy on the swing set and he came in with the first beginnings of a reaction. It was itching, some red spots,sneezing and rubbing eyes. Granted, he didn't have the hives like before (around peanuts), but it was enough that I did treat with Benadryl and the zyrtec. We threw him in the tub and all was well in about 15 to 20 min. I have thought of everything and I can't come up with an answer! I keep thinking about the dog. He had ate Ol Roy Dog Food from Wal-Mart and I checked the label, but there's no peanut listed??? The dog did lick him and was jumping all over DS. 2 yrs. ago his skin prick was negative to dogs. He had ate lunch about 30 min. before. He did have a Breyer's ice cream cone with strawberry, vanilla and a little choc. (only because the choc. got on the scoop while dipping). My home is peanut free and me and DH do not eat any peanut products. We had been outside on Sat. and the dog did the same thing, but no problems??? So, I plan to call Ol Roy, but other than that???? What about the Breyer's?? My son usually reacts immediately if he's been around peanut and there was some time between the ice cream and the playing. Please post if you have any ideas??? I'm worried sick about this. Oh, and BTW, he has been on Amoxil for a sinus infection (which he has taken many times before). I wondered if it was a mixture of the med and the sun???? Help! DS is Peanut/cashew allergic (avoiding all nuts) and is not asthmatic [This message has been edited by TinaM (edited March 07, 2005).]

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On Mar 7, 2005

It is definitely hard not to know what is causing a reaction. My daughter tested negative to dogs and then within 2 years tested positive to them, with Rast scores much higher than cats (which we have 2 and she doesn't react to them). She even reacted to dog hair being on someone's clothes. I would definitely call the dog food company, as just recently in cat food I saw the ingredient, lecithin, and no source of it. It could have been the ice cream too, as I know some people's comfort zones are different, but I don't trust any but Phillyswirl. Best of luck finding the source and keep us updated.

On Mar 7, 2005

Other than that one dog food that you called about, does the dog get any treats? My son has had a few reactions after being licked by a dog and then our friends or family would say, "well we gave him peanutbutter so that he could swallow his pill yesterday" or "I gave him a cheese filled bone" (turned out to be manufactured on the same line as a peanut filled bone). Dog treats often list peanut butter as an ingredient and it's not even highlighted.

By the way, we retested my son for dog and he was negative but highly positive for peanut. I have seen others post that they've had similar experiences.

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On Mar 7, 2005

Well, I did call the # on the dog food bag. They (Doane Pet Care) were extremely rude. The lady (don't remember names) said that they do make a peanut butter dog bone and it was possible for peanut or the oil to be in the food and that it was not made for human consumption! Of course, I explained about how a reaction could occur from a dog lick.The whole tone was nothing but "ugly." I turned around and called Purina. I talked to a man named Dwight and he was extremely nice. He said that Purina Dog Foods/everything was peanut/nut free! I told him the name of the Ol Roy (Premium-dry dog food in a bag) and he said that they make some Ol Roy dog foods,but not that one. So, I called the number on the Ol Roy again and the lady was even more rude and said that all dog food everywhere would be potentially contaminated! I told her about Purina and she acted like she didn't believe me. She also repeated that it was not for human consumption again. (Like I feed my child dog food) Anyway, I've concluded that it was most likely the dog food. No, the dog hasn't had any treats. We don't buy them.If anyone wants a list of the Ol Roy Dog Foods that Purina makes, I'll post, just let me know. I sure learned a lesson from this! We try to be careful, but sometimes it's just not enough!

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On Mar 7, 2005

I would lean toward the dog food being the problem. However, as far as Amoxicillin, my son took it on a number of occasions without a problem until a few months ago. After taking Amoxicillin for a week he broke out in full body hives. This was preceded by a variety of minor rashes and bumps that looked like bug bites that appeared and disappeared from day to day.

Sounds a bit different from what you described. But just wanted to alert you to the fact that you can react to something you have been exposed to many times before w/o any problem.

I hope he is feeling better.

On Mar 8, 2005

Thanks falcon and others for the insight. I did consider the Amoxil and I contacted the doctor and he doesn't think that it's the meds. However, he was just as confused as I was. I'm going to continue the meds and with the weather this week, it doesn't look like we'll be outside playing with a dog this week anyway, LOL! So, we'll continue to watch him closely. So far, he's doing fine.

On Mar 8, 2005

It's true, no matter how careful you are there's always something else. Now that my son has had peanut reactions from dogs, I have to use extreme caution when I let him go on play dates if people he visits have a dog.

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