red splotches a PA reaction?

Posted on: Sat, 09/25/2004 - 3:07am
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4 yr old ds is PA. We've been rxn free for a year. Today he was eating raw vegetables with Wishbone Ranch Up dressing. He got it all over his face. The only other thing he'd eaten was Kroger Brand sliced cheese. He's eaten both a hundred times before. He got red splotches on his face...a large one to the left of his mouth, one under his lip and another small one to the left of his mouth. Could this be a peanut contamination reaction? He's broken out in hives previously but not red splotches. We gave him a benadryl and so far no change. What do you think? TJsmom

Posted on: Sat, 09/25/2004 - 3:31am
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Joined: 07/05/2004 - 09:00

Not sure if this is the same thing but my oldest DS (7, no FA) used to do the same thing everytime he ate Ranch. Just splotchy red places near his mouth. We never knew what causes it and at the time knew nothing about food allergies. He was recently tested and has no food allergies. I think it is just a sensitivity thing more than likely.

Posted on: Sat, 09/25/2004 - 3:50am
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Joined: 10/15/1999 - 09:00

My kid gets red splotches at skin contact point to peanuts. The doc said this was a form of contact dermatitis. I wouldn't consider it a good sign, but neither would I get too excited.
When he gets this he also complains that the red part "burns and itches". We wash with soap until he says it has quit "burning" and give Benedaryl. Sometimes we have to wash two or three time until it stops itching. With the beneadryl and washing that seems to take care of it. The red is usually gone within an hour or two. Can see nothing at all in about 4 hours.

Posted on: Sat, 09/25/2004 - 8:26am
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Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

this rash around the mouth, not hives, but the blotches you describe are very common when young children eat foods with a high salt content.
wipe area with cold water, and it will fade.

Posted on: Sat, 09/25/2004 - 11:09am
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Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

Yes I agree with Sarah as I have also seen this same thing happen with my kids after eating Ranch dressing for the first or second times.
This is just a sensitivity and it does fade. Btw, my kids practically live on ranch dressing because they use it for a dip when they are eating carrots.
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Posted on: Tue, 09/28/2004 - 3:59am
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Joined: 06/13/2003 - 09:00

My son reacts to it. In his case, it is the preservatives. He can eat preservative free/organic dressing without a problem.
Last time he had it, he not only had hives, but sneezing, itchy lips and tongue, and slight swelling.
I think him continuing to eat it when he was younger made his symptoms get worse, going from just red splotches to actual hives and more.
Trevor age 3 -PA
Harmony age 1.5 -Asthma, EA
Trace Michael-born June 2004

Posted on: Tue, 09/28/2004 - 1:14pm
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Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

My dd can get this way from many things. It is usually minor, and can happen with Gogurts and popsicles, along the side of her mouth where she bites(to avoid the cold on her front teeth). I have assumed it is the cold or red dye. Now I am thinking red dye, because she seemed a bit more swelled and red after eating a huge freeze pop at a farm(a safe brand nutwise). Her egg reaction was simialr around any contact points.
She clears up some minutes after a good washing, or just some time with the popsicles and gogurts. Could even be a cold hive thing for us. But I think these things can happen to kids with sensetivities in the skin. becca

Posted on: Mon, 10/25/2004 - 8:32am
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At this point I am thinking the ranch dressing is not peanut contaminted. First, it happened again the following day when ds was eating chicken with bbq sauce! Only listed common ingredient was vinegar so I thought perhaps the acidity was irritating him. I know tomato based products bother some kids. Anyhow, I put vinegar directly on his face and nothing happened visually but he complained it burned so I washed it off quickly. Second, he is a RAST retrospect, if there were peanuts in it and he ate such a large amount I would think it would do a heck of a lot more than irritate his skin. He's been anaphylactic before.
He was eating the ranch again today, got it on his face and reacted again. Thanks for the info on high salt content - I will have to check out that possibility as well. In the meanwhile, I think I will look for another safe ranch dressing because it still makes me nervous to see his face like that...just in case.

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