New allergy to sunflower seed...

Posted on: Wed, 08/06/2008 - 10:53am
disneycruising's picture
Offline
Joined: 07/13/2004 - 09:00

My DS did a new RAST test last week. The Dr office called yesterday to say he came back positve for sunflower seeds. I started doing research today on what to avoid: like sunflower oil & sunbutter.

Is there anyone currently dealing with this allergy, that wouldn't mind given me a quick list of thing to "avoid"?

***[i]My DS is also allergic to ALL nuts and annatto, but we have been dealing with this for a number of years.[/i]

Posted on: Wed, 08/06/2008 - 2:09pm
mom2landz's picture
Offline
Joined: 04/30/2008 - 16:32

we recently got a sunflower diagnosis too, on our youngest.
basically almost every [b]potato chip [/b](and many corn chips, too) known to man is cooked in sunflower oil now. argh!
a lot of health food stores have sunflower in their [b]snacks and cereals. [/b]
[b]frozen potatoes [/b](hashbrowns/french fries) are precooked in sunflower oil.
it's a little more difficult to deal with this allergy, because it's not a "big 8." you'll have to probably do more calling of companies and checking out what "natural flavors" and that type of stuff means.
mostly it's an oil thing. sunflower is the new "healthy" oil that everything is getting cooked in. better than peanut; but, friend, i feel your pain. it seems like it's EVERYWHERE!

Posted on: Wed, 08/06/2008 - 2:34pm
disneycruising's picture
Offline
Joined: 07/13/2004 - 09:00

Thank you for your response. Do you call the company of every product you use?
I went thru part of the pantry tonight and there are so many items with the sunflower oil in it: granola bars, chips, some gatorades, sunbutter & few cereals. I will have to finish the pantry tomorrow and then move on to the freezer. ugh...
I will have to take my DS to safeway and see if we can find something to replace his 'favors' with.

Posted on: Thu, 08/07/2008 - 1:20am
mom2landz's picture
Offline
Joined: 04/30/2008 - 16:32

i haven't done much calling yet, but our sunflower allergic one is only 2 and doesn't have a huge appetite or snack preference. we can keep it pretty minimal for her at this point.
but i have to say, having peanut and sunflower allergy together--we avoid nuts for son and sunflower for daughter--is a big old kick in the teeth. many peanut-free things have sunflower.
i'm sorry for the diagnosis. take heart, you're not alone. :)
btw, they are not exactly healthy, but we let them eat fritos for chips.

Posted on: Sat, 08/09/2008 - 9:27am
Mrsdocrse's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

Has your son eaten it before and got sick? Or is sunflower an oil that he has never had before?
I am curious because I have heard of people avoiding sunflower with a PA but I can't figure out why? Is it just common that pa and sunflower allergy are commmon together?
I don't think they are inthe same " family" right?

Posted on: Sat, 08/09/2008 - 1:28pm
disneycruising's picture
Offline
Joined: 07/13/2004 - 09:00

He has never had a reaction to sunflowers seeds. He have never had any before. It just happen to be one of the items we where RAST testing for. As far as I can tell sunflower oil has never bothered him.

Posted on: Sat, 08/09/2008 - 11:45pm
Mrsdocrse's picture
Offline
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

I am confused.... are you sure your DS has NEVER had sunflower before? it is in a lot of stuff..( you said you had to throw away some of his favoite foods) If he has had sunflower oil before and has not had a reaction, I would check with the Dr and see if he has to avoid it.
I say this only because my son test allergic to tomato. He had been eating tomato all along with no problems. Tomato was on a standard panel so they left it on there. he test positive to tomato. My allergist said if he has been eating it with out any problems don't stop giving it to him.
Now, I am NOT suggesting that you give your son sunflower oil.... but if he has eaten it before I would check with the allergist to see if he should avoid now.
So in other words if he is having misterious reactions and you are trying to figure out what is causing it.. sunflower may be it. but if he was just doing a screening and it showed up I would clarify with your DR what you should or shouldn't eat.

Posted on: Sun, 08/10/2008 - 1:30am
MommyOfTwo's picture
Offline
Joined: 11/08/2007 - 09:44

I would think the same thing. From what I have read there is still a possibility of getting false-positives even on the RAST and unless there is a reaction from what I have read there is no reason to remove the food. I too am NOT saying you should continue giving foods with sunflower seeds/oils, but I think it would certainly be worth checking into if you REALLY have to. Especially because it is in so many foods. Let us know if you find out anything from your dr.

Posted on: Sun, 08/10/2008 - 7:26am
mom2landz's picture
Offline
Joined: 04/30/2008 - 16:32

i just want to add that my allergist cautioned us about the sunflower allergy as soon as dd had the first reaction. she said that it is very uncommon but seems to be causing reactions similar to peanut. for example, first exposure - nothing, second exposure - red rash, third exposure - hives. our allergist thinks it is too similar to peanut to continue feeding.
sunflower is in a lot of foods. our dd had no problem eating chips cooked in sunflower oil, but got horrible hives from eating pure sunflower seed butter. we cut it all out as a precaution, just as we did with peanut.
be cautious as you navigate this allergy. it's very uncommon, so there's not a lot of information.

More Community Posts

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

create a new community post
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/14/2019 - 12:56pm
Comments: 0
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/14/2019 - 12:52pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by Italia38 Tue, 10/08/2019 - 12:19pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by Italia38 Tue, 10/08/2019 - 12:18pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/07/2019 - 7:19pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/07/2019 - 7:16pm
Comments: 10
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/07/2019 - 7:13pm
Comments: 13
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/07/2019 - 7:10pm
Comments: 9
Latest Post by mom2two Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:03pm
Comments: 18
Latest Post by desmond Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:00pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by desmond Mon, 09/16/2019 - 12:58pm
Comments: 19
Latest Post by TeddyCan Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:32pm
Comments: 10
Latest Post by DTurner Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:31pm
Comments: 5
Latest Post by B.M.18 Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:30pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by abolitionist146 Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:28pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by nutfreenyc Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:19pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by AllergicTeen2 Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:18pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by PeanutAllergy.com Fri, 09/06/2019 - 1:52pm
Comments: 1

More Articles

You might have wondered if small amounts of an ingredient can be added to a food product without being declared on the food’s label. The FDA...

Is it possible to eat your way to a food allergy cure? Scientists think it’s...

There are many reasons why you may want to substitute almond flour for wheat flour in recipes. Of course, if you have a...

Not all oils are created equal. Some oils are high in saturated fats or in trans-fatty acids – not good for general health. Some are partially...

It may never be safe to begin feeding peanut butter to your baby or toddler if you have peanut allergies in your family. If either parent or one...

More Articles

More Articles

What is a peanut allergy? It is a reaction that occurs in the body after eating peanuts or peanut...

For those with severe food allergies, flying can be a stressful process. Here are...

Approximately one out of 13 children under age 18 are allergic to at least one food, though many of them will outgrow their allergy by the age of...

Fact 1: Over a third of food allergy reactions happen after the first known oral...

The reason why some people are affected by allergies while others are not begins in their genes. Allergies are passed down from generation to...

Here’s a tip that might someday save your life, or that of a loved one: two to four times a year, review the proper way to use your epinephrine...

Lactose intolerance is the inability to process lactose, a sugar found in milk, caused by the lack of a needed enzyme. Those with lactose...

Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA)

An important part of peanut allergy awareness was enacted on January 1, 2006...

Tomato allergies are very rare. They are a "type 1 allergy," which means a contact allergy. When a person with this type of allergy touches a...

Milk allergies are becoming more common, especially in babies and small children. There is some confusion about what is an allergic reaction and...

Recognizing food allergy in babies or toddlers is not always easy, but there are specific risk factors and signs that parents and other caregivers...

Burlap bags are often used to store and ship coffee beans, potatoes, rice, seeds, nuts, and peanuts. They can be one of the disguised...

People with pollen allergies need to stay away from some foods. If you have allergic rhinitis in the spring or fall, you may not realize that you...

Of course, everyone knows that if you have a peanut allergy that you should avoid peanuts, peanut butter, peanut butter cookies and foods that...

Eating at a nut-free lunch table in school is a safety precaution that causes some students to feel isolated from their peers. Unfortunately,...