Ointment containing \'refined peanut oil\'?

Posted on: Wed, 02/06/2008 - 1:01am
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Hi! I just posted an introduction in the other thread, but also have a question. My son, 6 yrs old, takes chemo and also has a severe peanut allergy. He breaks out on his face from one of his chemo drugs and also has extremely dry and peeling skin on his hands from another chemo drug.
His oncologist gave us a sample of an ointment to try, but it states that it contains 'refined peanut oil'. On the inside literature it also poses the question, "I am allergic to peanuts, Can I use this product?". The answer given is "Studies conducted at Chicago Children's Hospital and at the Mayo Clinic confirm that it is safe for peanut-sensitive individuals". Has anyone had any experience with this? My son has never, to our knowledge, had skin contact with peanut products...only ingestion reactions. Since it would be on his hands, I worry about him putting his hand up to his mouth and then, of course, the rash is around his mouth is an obvious concern.
I appreciate your replies.

Posted on: Wed, 02/06/2008 - 2:47am
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wow that is a really tough one. for my ds who is very sensitive it would make me very nervous. I do know people who have had reactions to contact with their allergens, I think typically they aren't severe reactions but too risky for me. Have you called your allergist? What was their opinion? perhaps they could recommend a substitute lotion?
and welcome

Posted on: Wed, 02/06/2008 - 2:58am
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Thanks for your reply. Actually when my son was first diagnosed with the leukemia, they told us that for the duration of treatment that he would see them for anything. They have been supplying us with his needed epipens and we haven't seen his allergist since March 2006. I honestly don't even think that she is still with the practice. I know it sounds slack that we haven't been in contact with the allergist, but he goes to his oncologist at least once a week, sometimes more. They didn't want him being in waiting rooms where others could be sick with his compromised immune system. His oncologist said that he feels the ointment would be safe, but again I feel nervous because that is not his specialty.

Posted on: Wed, 02/06/2008 - 3:37am
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Most of the information that I've read in the past few weeks indicates that the refining removes the peanut protein, which is what typically causes the reaction. If you do a search on "peanut allergy refined peanut oil" you'll see a lot of link pop up to research studies on this.

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