Possible PA?

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I have a 2 1/2 year old with multiple food allergies. He was tested in 12/04 with very low IgE levels. One being milk. So we've gone to Soy, then Rice and in the end of March went to Almond Milk(I make my own). We've ended up here for various Autistic reasons. In the past 2 weeks he has developed a rash all over his body (excluding face, hands, feet and neck). I originally thought it was a different lotion I had used, but it is not going away.I am wondering if it may be PA (which was another low level IgE on his test) and can it take as long as month to show up?

On May 10, 2005

Pagancat,

Hmmm. The rash could be many things. Could he be allergic to the almonds? The almonds could be contaminated with peanuts, and it COULD be a reaction to peanut.

What advice did your allergist give you on what to avoid?

If I were you, I would cut out the almond milk and see if the rash goes away. A reaction wouldn't take a month to show up, but one batch of almonds may have more peanut protein than another from cross-contamination, causing the rash flare up. Or, initially he may just have become sensitized, and now his allergy is showing up.

Either way, I'd get him off the almond milk.

He can't tolerate the soy or rice milk either? If he tolerated those, I'd go back to them and steer clear of all nuts until you can pinpoint the cause of the rash.

Is there any chance the rash is eczema? That is frequently linked to food allergy. I would make an appointment with your allergist, take pictures of the rash so you can show them to him/her in case you can't get an appointment right away.

One more, really important question: were you prescribed an epipen for treatment of severe allergic reactions? If not, get an epipen TODAY! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Good luck pinpointing what it was, keep asking questions if you need to. People will definitely respond to you when/if they can. I'm afraid I came up with more questions than answers, but I hope this was helpful to you.

Meg

On May 10, 2005

I think the problem is there is a lot of vague information in your post and that makes responding quite difficult. "Multiple Food Allergies" maybe it is not PA at all causing the rash, maybe it is another allergy showing up.

Have you seen a doctor about his rash? I would not wait any longer. 2 weeks with a rash is a long time to go without seeing a doctor. From my experience, the rash shows up within a few hours of exposure and goes away once we give Benedryl and get away from the peanuts. But that could be very different for different people.

You also said PA was low IgE on the test. Did the doctor say he was allergic? I thought it didn't matter what the IgE number was...allergic is allergic. You may have just done a good job keeping peanuts away from him, so then the IgE would be low. The almonds could be contaminated, thus causing the rash on a daily basis from the almond milk. Did the doctor suggest the almond milk?

Like I said there are many possible causes. Sometimes it takes a long time to figure out the cause. Sometimes the rash just disappears without figuring it out. Good luck to you.

On May 10, 2005

Hi Pagancat,

What are your child's multiple food allergies / reaction history? Also, what does the rash look like (is it hives or excema type)? Rashes really could be produced by anything (foods, lotions, detergents, heat, sensitive skin). I would also wait on the Almond, as tree nuts are highly allergenic and your child is very young. Do you see a Pediatric Allergist? I would recommend it (maybe they will set you up for a sick-child visit to look at the rash). Since they see allergic children regularly, they may be able to help you pinpoint the specific allergens that your child is allergic to; that would help you to know what to feed him/her safely. Also, testing alone may show false positives, so the combination of Cap-rast Testing and the child's reaction history should be looked at together to determine if, in fact, he/she is allergic.

Good luck, Naturemom

On May 10, 2005

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Originally posted by Pagancat: [b]I have a 2 1/2 year old with multiple food allergies. He was tested in 12/04 with very low IgE levels. One being milk. So we've gone to Soy, then Rice and in the end of March went to Almond Milk(I make my own). We've ended up here for various Autistic reasons. In the past 2 weeks he has developed a rash all over his body (excluding face, hands, feet and neck). I originally thought it was a different lotion I had used, but it is not going away.I am wondering if it may be PA (which was another low level IgE on his test) and can it take as long as month to show up?[/b]

Did you go to the Doctors, to have the rash checked out?

Did you ask the Doctor to get tested for Peanut Allergy?

On May 10, 2005

eczema? Its a 2 for 1 package deal with allergies. Some people even get 3 for one with asthma too.

My pa son has had eczema since craddle **** (I know its cap but that is what I like to call it) One time it flared up so bad and I could not figure out why. I took him to his allergist and discovered he was allergic to dogs, not the one we had for 2 years, but the new one we had for 2 weeks. I am sorry for the frustration you are dealing with. Its hard and sometimes it changes without warning and gets harder. Let us know what you find out

On May 10, 2005

could it be a PA thats causing the rash? sure could it be something else? yep...the almond milk makes me go hmmmm. Most food allergic 2 1/2 yr olds are avoiding tree nuts

I think the Dr should take a look at the rash...I also think it would help to keep a diary of what food is being eaten, when the rash appears etc.

On May 10, 2005

Rashes can be from lots of things. As a child, I got rashes that lasted weeks from contact with certain soaps, shampoos, and even from having my clothes washed in certain laundry detergents. My mom had to be a detective. My dd's rashes/hives from peanuts have been very quick to pop up, then relatively quick to go away with Benadryl.

On May 10, 2005

Hi, I'm Lynn from Louisiana my 2 year old has a PA@9 months old he did get my peanut butter sandwich. not long after i noticed redness around his mouth then hives. i gave him Benadral right away then called the hospital. not knowing about how serious a PA is if i would have known i would have been scared out of my mind. I took him to the Dr. he told me to carry around a Epipen. then at age 2 we took him for a haircut , he touched a candy machine that had peanuts in it, by the end of his haircut i had to give him Benadral then off to the hospital i did think we was gonna lose his eye. so then we had him tested . half way through the test it was stopped. and had to give him Benadral. I read everything he eats i try to stick to the same foods.most of the time his belly is a little rashy, the Dr says its eczema, has anyone else has experience this , and Alkali does anyone know about this ingredent and if its safe. and please can anyone tell me some unsafe ingredents. thank you very much ....

------------------ Lynnz64

On May 11, 2005

FAAN's website lists the things to look for on an ingredient label, but here's what I understand to look out for: peanuts, peanut butter, peanut flour, peanut oil, vegetable oil that doesn't say what kind it is, hydrolyzed vegetable protein or hydrolyzed plant protein that doesn't say what kind it is. Also watch for labels that say "may contain peanuts" or that it's been processed on the same equipment or in the same facility with peanuts. Everyone treats those last labels differently, but my dd's allergy dr. said to avoid all of those products if I didn't want to take a chance with her life.

On May 13, 2005

Thank you so much, all information is a great help.

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