Need some help figuring out an allergic reaction

Posted on: Mon, 10/22/2001 - 5:49am
JasonAndJoeysMom's picture
Joined: 10/15/2001 - 09:00

Jason, my 4 year old, had an allergic reaction to something yesterday... at first the reaction presented itself in the usual way for him... eczema flare, swollen upper lip, red rings around his eyes and runny nose.

The puzzling thing is that he said that he felt like his "tongue was on fire" and that "there is a fire in my mouth". I wasn't able to tell if his tongue was swollen or anything because we were in the car and I couldn't get close enough to tell.

Does a tongue feel like it's "on fire" if it's swelling? What do you think it might be? The food that he reacted to wasn't spicy or anything, and it was a food that he had eaten before with no problems.

Benadryl slowed down the reaction, but he was lethargic for the rest of the evening, and this morning, he was normal except for a cruddy sounding cough.




Posted on: Mon, 10/22/2001 - 7:22am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

When I have a reaction, my mouth, tongue and throat all tingle. Some people complain of a metallic taste. Could this be what he meant? BTW, what food did he react to?
Hope he's all better now!

Posted on: Mon, 10/22/2001 - 10:32am
Chicago's picture
Joined: 04/21/2001 - 09:00

The last reaction dd had, she said that her mouth was "burning". I thought at first the food had been too hot, but ...

Posted on: Mon, 10/22/2001 - 11:59am
JasonAndJoeysMom's picture
Joined: 10/15/2001 - 09:00

The thing he reacted to is an Asian snack food which is called Saki Ika in Japanese. Essentially it's squid jerky.

Posted on: Mon, 10/22/2001 - 12:05pm
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

My 5-yr-old just had a reaction last week (it's posted in Reactions). He was crying very hard and saying his mouth hurt and his throat hurt. He was holding onto his mouth and crying. His lips were slightly puffy and very red, but not hugely swollen.
[This message has been edited by Sandra Y (edited October 22, 2001).]

Posted on: Wed, 10/24/2001 - 12:03am
torontosue's picture
Joined: 06/08/2001 - 09:00

I recently had a reaction to some strawberries so I KNOW that they weren't spicy, but yes, as my tongue swelled, it definitely felt hot and itchy.

Posted on: Wed, 10/24/2001 - 4:24am
river's picture
Joined: 07/15/1999 - 09:00

Asian food is a big NO-NO for PA people. The labelling is often inaccurate and the chance of peanut cross-contamination is very high.
Personally we never touch anything that isn't processed in Canada.

Posted on: Wed, 10/24/2001 - 4:17pm
JasonAndJoeysMom's picture
Joined: 10/15/2001 - 09:00

DH and I are both Asian, Japanese to be specific... I'm only half. Many Japanese foods are comfort foods for us, and there are still many Asian style foods that are safe for my son, who is allergic to soy, wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, crustaceans, coconut, sesame and oats. Even with those allergies there is still quite a bit of Japanese style food that I can make for my son with a few very minor adjustments. Nuts rarely show up in Japanese cuisine... the only one I can think of is chestnut and that's in desserts.
His reaction to the dried squid had nothing to do with peanuts, but I asked here anyway because the question was about the type of reaction rather than what he it was that he ate.
Most of the Asian foodstuffs that I use are made in the US. If the package is not in English, I generally will not use it unless my grandparents are on hand to translate it.
Saying that all Asian cuisine is off limits for the peanut allergic is way off base. People with PA or TNA should most definitely avoid Chinese and Thai restaurants. Someone with PA can probably go to a Japanese or Korean restaurant with a little caution... neither of those cuisines traditionally use peanut.
Someone with PA could easily make Asian food at home, where cross contamination is not an issue. I'm an avid cookbook reader, it's one of my weird hobbies, and I can generally find quite a few peanut free recipes in any Chinese cookbook. Even with my son's long list of allergies, I can find quite a bit that is still safe for him.

Posted on: Fri, 10/26/2001 - 12:11pm
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JasonandJoeysMom-Thanks for the info on Japanese food! My son is allergic to peanuts and possibly nuts(never had any nuts, so not sure but we avoid them). Anyway, he commented that his tongue was "on fire" after chewing or sucking on a children's Motrin tablet. I read somewhere, not sure if it was on this website or another, that it is not uncommon reaction to the motrin tablets. So, I am wondering if perhaps there was a common additive or dye in the food your son had and the motrin tabs...just a thought.

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