Reaction....but to peanuts? or dog?

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2003 - 6:22pm
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Our luck still holds, thank the heavens. Another reaction, and still no Epipen needed. (Good thing, too, since I was waiting for the pharmacy to fill the script to replace the last of ours.)

This morning (alright, probably *yesterday* morning by now), the kids went out back to play. Next thing I know Meagan is screaming. Didn't think much of it at first, because it sounded like one of her 'I'm-being-chased-by-my-brother-this-is-fun' screams. When it kept going, though, I started to wonder. My mom started to wonder a split second before I did and headed outside. Since I didn't figure there was a thing actually *wrong*, I didn't follow. They all came back in a couple of minutes later with this story.

There's a stray dog that's been roaming around the neighborhood lately. Completely harmless, cute, friendly little pup. He's a fairly big pup, but still a pup. Seems he saw the kids out back and decided he wanted to play. Since the pup is a bigger than a full-grown toy poodle, and my kids are both TINY *and* have not been around dogs much at all, they kinda freaked when the dog trotted into the yard. Meagan started to run away, which, of course, the pup took to mean 'come on, let's play chase'. Tail wagging, it chased after her...thus the screaming. When mom got out there and knelt down to Meagan to quiet her down, my husband tried to get Meagan to go to him....totally ignoring the fact that Matt was dancing in circles around him trying to get away from the dog who had decided Matt was the only playmate left. Matt ended up on the ground with the pup on top of him raining kisses on him.

You guessed it. Hives everywhere he got 'kissed' (entire left side of his face, and right neck/shoulder). Nice good-sized ones for Matt, that rapidly spread into one solid red patch. I cleaned him off, gave him 2tsp of Benadryl and he went in to play X-box. The hives got *mostly* better, then came back somewhat when it was time for another dose of Benadryl. I gave him another tsp and then one more another 4hrs later. All is well now, thankfully, but Matt insists that 1) Daddy is not fast enough and 2) the doggy needs a breath mint! LOL

The thing is.... now I need to figure out *what* was the true reaction culprit. Was it something the dog ate? Or was it simply the dog? He used to get slight hayfever type symptoms when he went into the pantry where our dogs lived a couple of years ago, but I don't ever recall there being a problem when they licked him. We haven't had the dogs for at least 2yrs (they both ran away), and the kids haven't been around a dog for more than a minute or two in passing, since, so I don't have a clue how he would/will react to *just* dog now.

They've both been begging me for a dog for months, and in fact were begging to keep THIS dog a few days ago when it first showed up (and snuck in the house only to be promptly shooed back out). I'd LOVE for them to have a puppy, though I'd not planned on it for a couple of years yet. We're certainly not going to get one before fall, at any rate. Now, though, I wonder if *never* is more appropriate? My gut tells me the pup had eaten a tasty meal of either peanut-containing dog food or peanut butter jar leftovers found in a trash sack for breakfast this morning, but I can also see where it *might* have been just the dog itself that caused the hives.

Any opinions? Don't know if it would change opinions either way, but Matt is on 2tsp of Zyrtec daily, along with Pulmicort and Nasonex (not that he had any respiratory symptoms, but they are both inhaled steroids, so I'm assuming at least a little of that ends up becoming systemic steroids...), so this reaction was at least somewhat buffered by his daily meds.

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2003 - 10:29pm
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Kevin also reacts to dog saliva, not just the dog itself. Yes, peanut flour is an ingredient in many commercial dog foods.
Now, on an entirely different note. This is not to freak you out, but... Rabies is carried through dog saliva, and since this dog is a stray I wouldn't let the kids have any more contact with him. Can you catch the dog and bring him to a local shelter where they can evaluated him? Was Matt's skin broken anywhere?
I'm sure the chances are quite remote, but it bears mentioning. My friend's son was bitten by a stray years ago, and since they could never catch the dog he had to go through the rabies shots. No fun. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Amy

Posted on: Mon, 04/14/2003 - 11:33pm
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I've always reacted to getting licked by dogs. My mother's aunt has a dog which is only fed her leftovers (so no peanuts) and I react to that dog too, so maybe its nothing to do with what the dog ate, but the saliva itself?

Posted on: Fri, 04/18/2003 - 11:15pm
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My daughter gets very bad hives from dog saliva. Although she does not get the same reaction to all dogs. I do not think that hers is related to peanuts. She is definately allergic to dogs and we can't have one here.

Posted on: Sat, 04/19/2003 - 1:57am
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Duncan is also allergic to dogs, but not badly. When he was a toddler we went to visit my sister-in-law who has a HUGE sweet mutt. He normally stays outside but this one time he came bounding in the door and licked Duncan right in the face. Immediately he started crying and broke out in huge hives all over his body. We gave him benedryl and threw him in the tub and they went away pretty quickly. I know for a fact that one was peanuts because I checked the food, and he got hives in areas other than where he'd been licked. After that, though, he's been licked by my sister's dog (never fed any food containing peanuts) and gotten some small contact hives, but none that even required benedryl. So it can be a mixture...
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