Reaction to Tomatoes???

Posted on: Wed, 10/01/2008 - 7:26am
heather_t's picture
Joined: 08/30/2008 - 16:33

When my son was tested for peanuts, he was tested for a large panel of other foods as well. He is not allergic to tomatoes according to the SPT. Anyway, everytime I have him something with tomato sauce his face gets very red and he gets little red bumps anywhere the sauce has been on his face. A couple of weeks ago I bought Boboli crust and sauce because I called them and they reassured me that they strictly label for cross contamination and that would not even be possible with these products. After he ate it he had read cheeks and little red bumps. It freaked me out because he hasn't been diagnosed with PN/TN allergey very long. I'm hoping maybe he is just sensitive to the acid in the tomatoes, he has very sensitive skin. Has anyone else has this problem? Has anyone had any problems with the Boboli products?

Posted on: Wed, 10/01/2008 - 8:19am
kate317's picture
Joined: 05/29/2008 - 10:04

Hi- Yes, my son has this problem too. He was never tested for tomatoes, but when I mentioned the symptoms (same as the ones you mentioned) to his allergist, the Dr said that many children are sensitive to tomatoes (acid) and not to be concerned. The other day, he had a little ketchup on his face and he developed a red bump with red around it. Exactly where the ketchup was. I am still concerned and intend to ask the dr again when we go next month. Sometimes, too, he complains of a stomachache (but I wonder if that is the tomato acid on an empty stomach.) We have used Boboli, but not in several months. He never had any problems with their products. Sounds like maybe a phone call to your allergist might help. (actually, maybe now I'll call, since you got me thinking...)
Take care

Posted on: Thu, 10/02/2008 - 12:14am
DinaT's picture
Joined: 02/21/2006 - 09:00

My son reacts the same way -- to not only tomato products, but also watermelon, cantaloupe, and a few other fruits. And it's only noticeable when he smears it around his mouth and on his face.
A few months ago he decided to give himself a watermelon facial, and his entire face was red with blotches and bumps. After washing him off with a warm washcloth, he was back to normal within the 20 minutes. After speaking with our allergist, he remarked that these reactions with the foods I mentioned are extremely common in nut allergic kids. He commented it could also be oral allergy syndrome, in which a child will react to these foods (even more so depending on the season and related pollens in the air), and that the reactions are almost always harmless (less than 1% chance of anaphylaxis).

Posted on: Thu, 10/02/2008 - 10:11am
Mrsdocrse's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

My son gets this sometimes with greasy foods... he has really sensitive skin. I just wash his face with water when he is done. and the marks go away.

Posted on: Sun, 10/05/2008 - 6:00am
walooet's picture
Joined: 10/05/2008 - 12:26

Originally Posted By: DinaTHe commented it could also be oral allergy syndrome, in which a child will react to these foods (even more so depending on the season and related pollens in the air), and that the reactions are almost always harmless (less than 1% chance of anaphylaxis).
My daughter's first bad reaction was to carrots and was not 'harmless' so either she is in the 1% or the doctor is inaccurate. From carrots she had hives by her mouth and eyes, swelling in the whites of her eyes and itchy/swelling in the mouth. While it may not have been anaphylactic it was not harmless either.
My daughter has Oral Allergy Syndrome and is allergic to most fruits and vegetables. Just this week we discovered she is also allergic to Tree Nuts and we suspect peanuts.
This week she had a severe reaction to a product made on a machine that also processes tree nuts. Thankfully she had an epi-pen because of her fruit&veg allergy!

Posted on: Sun, 10/05/2008 - 9:10pm
KaraLH's picture
Joined: 10/11/2006 - 09:00

I also have a dd who reacts this way to tomatoes. She is 6 1/2 and has severe eczema. She had full panel testing last month and is not allergic. It's the acidity that gets her. It really flares her eczema up. We had spaghetti on Friday night before a race my DH was in on Sat. My dd loves spaghetti, but has been miserable since.
Oddly, my dd with FA's does not have a problem with tomato!

Posted on: Tue, 10/07/2008 - 8:17pm
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

lots of non food allergic infants have this reaction to acidic or high salt food.
however there are allergies to tomatos , so there is nothing at all wrong in avoiding for until older.
if hives appear or swelling , that does point to true classic allergy. The point is to judge, mild skin irritation v allergic reaction. Which is different.
as always get medical opinon, and as parent make note of date , and what food caused problem.

Posted on: Sun, 10/12/2008 - 8:25am
heather_t's picture
Joined: 08/30/2008 - 16:33

We saw his allergist this past week. She said that it could be the acidity or it could be a sensitivity to a preservative. She suggested using fresh tomatos for cooking, or to avoid them entirely because of his allergy issues.

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