Possible reaction to peanut oil?

Posted on: Wed, 07/23/2003 - 10:03am
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I know this topic is debated (some oils possibly being safe while others are not).

Our 9 yo daughter, who was DX'd 2.5 years ago with PA, has eaten chicken wings from a certain rest. for years with no problem. One night while at a friends house she had these same wings again (turns out they cook them in peanut oil). She was up ALL night (friends parent agreed...lol) with a burning throat, a symptom she described as 'not being able to breathe' but when I asked her what she meant by that she said her throat was burning. We thought it was heartburn until she had an appt with the ped for her eczema. The ped thinks it was an allergic reaction and not hearnburn. I'm also now wondering.

What is you experience with peanut oil? Would it be different than say, peanut butter? Her first reaction was FULL body hives for 2.5 days, then swelling of lips and we rushed her to the ER. To our knowledge, she's never had another reaction.

She WAS exposed to peanuts about a year ago and had NO reaction. She was given choc & peanut butter ice cream by a parent (who knows fully about her allergies and is a RN to boot) and she said she ate a whole scoop before she realized it had peanuts in it. She had NO reaction, so we thought she might be outgrowing it.

I would love to hear your opinion on this.

Thanks in advance for any help/advice/ideas!

Liz

Posted on: Wed, 07/23/2003 - 12:55pm
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Take my opinion for what it's worth, but could the peanuts in the ice cream have re-sensitized her to an allergy she may have outgrown? Then when she ate the wings in the peanut oil she had a reaction? Sort of along the theory that they need to consume a certain amount of peanut on a regular basis to keep their tolerance. That's just one theory though. I do believe that this allergy is entirely unpredictable, and every reaction has the potential to be serious. You should talk to your allergist and see what he/she thinks.
Nice about that RN, a whole scoop before she realized PN on a child she knew was allergic? I hope she is more alert around the life support plugs....

Posted on: Thu, 07/24/2003 - 1:32am
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From reading about others' experiences on these boards one thing I've learned about peanut allergy is that it is never cut and dry. It has to be one of the most unpredictable and confusing conditions there is.
From the symptoms you describe it does sound like you Ped was right about it being an allergic reaction---the burning throat is a big give away.
It's quite possible that she is one of those children who "regrow" peanut allergy. You should have your allergist do retesting and stay away from peanuts and peanut products before you know for sure. If she did have a reaction to the peanut oil, I believe it's really important not to allow reactions too close together as the next one could be much worse.
Good luck on this!

Posted on: Thu, 07/24/2003 - 4:36am
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Quote:Originally posted by brimor:
[b]What is you experience with peanut oil? Would it be different than say, peanut butter? [/b]
I avoid peanut oil.
It is said that 100% refined peanut oil may be safe as there is no protein in it. But how are you to know if:
1) it is purely refined oil you are eating (cold pressed oil is full of peanut protien) and
2) who will guarantee the refined peanut oil is 100% protien free??
So in short, the best policy is avoidance.

Posted on: Thu, 07/24/2003 - 10:59am
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We do avoid peanuts/amy contain/produced in same facility/etc. We have had strict avoidance (well, as much as possible) since her first scary reaction. She always carries her med box with Epi-Pen, Benadryl and Albuterol everywhere she goes.
I guess I never really considered the fact that she may have outgrown it when she didn't have a reaction to the ice cream.
I think it was an allergic reaction and we'll treat it as such. The Dr. (nicely) reminded us how lucky she was and that it could have been much worse, especially since the parent didn't send her home when she wasn't feeling well.
Thanks for your replies!!!!!!!!!!!

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