Reaction, but to what?

Posted on: Wed, 11/19/2003 - 12:16pm
IssyMom's picture
Joined: 05/12/2003 - 09:00

My 17month old daughter had a reaction tonight and I hope you don't mind helping me figure it out. She is severly PA and Milk Protein allergic.

I was eating a sandwich with roast beef, mayo, whole seed mustard, and white bread. She grabbed it and took a couple nibbles. The bread is one she has eaten before and thought was safe based on label and past use. The Kraft Real Mayo didn't list any dairy that I could see - is Mayo bad for milk protein allergies? I'm always nervous of seeds and the mustard was whole seed kind though that shouldn't make a difference - is mustard bad? The Roast beef could have been contaminated but she didn't react to it yesterday.

Her eye swelled up pretty badly, I gave her benedryl and watched her closely. She had a similar reaction two weeks ago but we determined she had eaten bread with dairy in it.

Thanks for any suggestions you may have!


Posted on: Wed, 11/19/2003 - 12:25pm
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Was it beef from the deli? I notice alot of crumbs and junk around the slicers at Delis. Maybe some cheese contaminated it. It would not be on every slice, explaining why it was okay another time? Just a thought. Or if the mayo is cross contaminated from others putting knives in that might have touched dairy(cheese or such)?
Hope she is okay. becca

Posted on: Wed, 11/19/2003 - 1:54pm
toomanynuts's picture
Joined: 08/23/2003 - 09:00

FYI we have found recently that most manufactures to not label accurately.(Like Natural flavorings could be anything from nut oils - to corn starch)
I would call the manufacture of the bread and ask specifically if it is made in the same area or same line as nut products or even if their are nut products on the premises. Cross contamination can cause reactions sometimes even trace amounts. I would also check the mayo. You can never be too careful. I know a lot of people who check out everything and then others who do not. But for your childs safety you need to. We found out after many reactions that even though they tell you it's made in an area where there are no nuts or if it's not on the label than it's not made near nuts it may not be the truth.
My DD has had many tummy aches and hives when we thought she had not had any exposure to nuts. Well - we found out that some of her snack foods that were supposedly safe were actually not safe. I am not sure if it was a nut product or something else but her severe allergy is to Peanuts and Tree nuts. Just be careful and check so that you can minimize the reactions for your little one. Take Care.

Posted on: Thu, 11/20/2003 - 1:13am
jtolpin's picture
Joined: 05/28/2003 - 09:00

What stands out to me are mayo and mustard.
Can I assume the mayo contains egg? Probably. List the ingreds on the mayo, maybe theres a word you dont see and we can help.
As for mustard, has she had it before? Was contaminated?(thinking knife from anywhere going into the jar). THats the reason DW hates grape jelly. (growing up the grape jelly was always contaminated with PB... DW likes orange marmalade because of that) [img][/img]
Caitlin tested >100 rast for mustard...
Caitlin 4-17-00 Allergic to Dairy, Egg, Wheat, Bananas, Grapes, Rye, Sesame, Beef, Garlic, Mustard, Onion, Peas and Avoiding Latex and all Nuts
Sara 2-13-98 NKA (avoiding nuts)
Meghan 2-28-03 dx'ed Reflux - Alimentum feeder, Zantac - 1.5ml 2x/day - RAST neg. for everything.

Posted on: Thu, 11/20/2003 - 3:11am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

If your daughter has a milk allergy, perhaps beef is the culprit. My allergist has told me that 10% of those with dairy allergy are also allergic to beef.

Posted on: Thu, 11/20/2003 - 9:31am
cathlina's picture
Joined: 06/29/2001 - 09:00

There is egg in mayo...could be that.

Posted on: Thu, 11/20/2003 - 10:05am
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

there's definitely egg in mayo, and mustard is not unknown. My daughter has the mustard allergy.. sigh...

Posted on: Sat, 11/22/2003 - 9:29am
IssyMom's picture
Joined: 05/12/2003 - 09:00

Yes the Mayo had egg in it but we don't think she is allergic to egg.
I have no reason to focus on the mustard but that's my gut reaction. I wish her Dr would test her for more but she is underweight and he is concerned about false positives limiting her diet even more.
Oh well, back to sticking with the tried and true for now.
Thanks for everyone's input.

Posted on: Sat, 11/22/2003 - 2:07pm
kkeene's picture
Joined: 10/20/2003 - 09:00

I now exactly where you are coming from here. We had almost the exact thing happen to us. Our Dr would test either. It turned out to be the egg (with the mayo) But it was hard to find out because it didn't happen everytime with egg. The Dr was sure he was fine with egg But then one day he got in to the trash & played with the egg shells & as soon as he put his fingers in his mouth he got hives & I knew for sure it was egg.
This is so close to our story I would say it is very likely the egg.
Egg reaction can be so different with the way the egg is cooked.
(my son change 90% after taking all traces of egg from the diet)
Good luck

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