Reaction to Sesame or Sunflower seeds or oil


Through blood test learned that my son is allergic to sesame,sunflower, lentils, chickpeas, green peas. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has reacted to any of these foods. How severe was reaction? Was reaction from ingestion? Touch? Cross contamination? Thanks.

[This message has been edited by kstreeter (edited September 17, 2002).]

On Sep 17, 2002

Sorry your son tested positive to so many foods.

My son is allergic to peanuts and sesame. I had him tested for sesame because I had a feeling he was reacting to it. His reactions to sesame were mild compared to peanut, but that is NOT always the case. Sesame allergy can be life threatening. He reacted to ingesting sesame--puffy red lips, cranky, eczema. One time after being diagnosed he put a sesame cracker in his mouth then spit it out and he did not react. He eats McDonald's chicken nuggets--they contain sesame oil which I assume is heat processed and he never reacts to that.

On Sep 20, 2002

My son is allergic to both sesame and chick peas, though he has never ingested chick peas. He gets pretty bad hives from sesame (which he used to eat with no problem), and once broke out while just standing outside a falafel restaurant (both chick peas and sesame - Yikes!).

BTW, I don't think McD's chicken nuggets contain sesame oil anymore - I checked recently and let him have them. He did not have a reaction. He had reacted to them in the past.