\"Safe\" Sunflower Seed Reaction

Posted on: Sun, 08/19/2007 - 1:24am
Cindy2's picture
Joined: 02/24/2006 - 09:00

I ordered sunflower seeds for DD to try from a safe company. She ate 1 seed and got a hive on her face and a rash around her mouth. Needless to say, I gave away most of the other 31 little packs I ordered. DD was skin tested for sunflower last Sept. with no reaction. She's never had actual sunflowers but I know she's had chips,etc. fried in sunflower oil. Does this mean she's allergic to sunflowers or should I have the remaining seeds tested?

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Jessica PA/TNA (11)

Posted on: Sun, 08/19/2007 - 1:34am
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Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

Just found out my sone is allergic to sunflower seeds! I never gave him any though, I was too nervous(with all his peanut and tree nut allergies). So at our allergy appt last month I asked the allergists opinion, "could he try sunflower seeds"?? The didn't have a scratch test to check reaction, but he added sunflower onto his caprast(they did test for sesame, which they had, and it was as big as his peanut and the week prior I was pretty sure it was a sesame reaction that sent us tot he ER with cardiac spasms!!!)
So caprast came back...sunflower was class 2. So based on the class 2 and the reaction to the sesame(they tested other seeds too, poppy was class 2, coconut was class 3, pine nut was class 2), we now avoid ALL seeds!!!
They didn't have the caprast for sesame, only the scratch, so I have no idea how high that class would be.
But based on your daughters reaction, I would say that is deff a positive reaction!! So sorry(but I would recomend testing other seeds as well...I had no idea about my son until his first reaction to the sesame...I am so glad I didn't let him try the sunflower seeds now!!!) HUGS
edit to add, we've had no problems with the oil(like on Lay's potato chips). ...
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 1/2(beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig, hamster & asthma)
Jake-6 1/2(peanut, all tree nuts, seeds(all-sesame, sunflower, poppy, pine nut) beef, chicken, eggs, coconut(also avoiding legumes), trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-4 (peanut, tree nuts, milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig, hamster, grass, mold, dust mite and EE)
Savannah-1 1/2 (milk, beef and egg, dog(avoiding peanuts, tree nuts, strawberries, seeds, legumes and corn)
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Posted on: Sun, 08/19/2007 - 4:17am
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Joined: 09/26/2006 - 09:00

My son is allergic to sunflower and he ate chips with no problems but 2 times he immediately pulled the chip away from his mouth before eating eat. You don't know how much of the protein is in the sunflower oil in the chips so we avoid all. These chips he pulled away from his mouth one time, then ate then another time without problem and then he had them a couple of times after and the last time he pulled it away from his mouth we called the doctor and asked about sunflower oil. I guess they can react one time and not another. I hope you don't have a new allergy to worry about though.
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Posted on: Sun, 08/19/2007 - 5:59am
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Cindy2, if you didn't save any of the seeds from the opened package to send for re-testing, I can only think of a couple of things.
How "safe" is the company? Not your opinion of how safe, but how safe does it promote itself as being?
If the company isn't 100% safe (and not that I think there are any that are, but some are givens for me), then I would think it was a cross-contamination reaction.
If this makes any sense, I don't go looking for new FA's if I can avoid it, KWIM?
My son had reactions similiar to what you mentioned two summers ago to Kraft Boca Burgers. I never saved them and had them tested. Kraft swore they were PA safe. It bring into question whether or not my guy could be soy allergic now but I didn't believe that to be so.
Last year, he ate another brand of soy burger and was fine.
So, I don't go out of my way to look for new FA's although I know our PA children are at greater risk of developing them.
But if you don't think there's a chance that the product was not unsafe (i.e., cross contaminated) then the only answer would be to have your daughter tested for sunflower.
Early in our journey, I did freak about seeds (I'll try to find the thread even though it is old), but now I don't.
As I said, I try not to think of another FA unless I really really have to - for example if that happened with me and the child reacted again to a different sunflower product.
My son hasn't tried a sunflower seed. I have not found a "safe" one.
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Posted on: Sun, 08/19/2007 - 6:26am
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Joined: 02/24/2006 - 09:00

Thanks for all of your suggestions and support. The company is Sunbutter so I'm leaning towards thinking it was DD. She's had other seeds before (sesame, poppy) with no reaction. We added lentils and all legumes to her strict avoidance list last yr. We ordered 32-1oz. pkgs. and I still have about 7 left. Should I contact Sunbutter and see what they suggest?
Mom to:
Stephanie (13)
Jessica PA/TNA (11)

Posted on: Mon, 08/20/2007 - 12:42am
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Cindy2, I'm not familiar with the company, but since you have 7 packets left, I would see if you can get one packet tested; send one to FAAN; and send one to the company.
If it turns out they were PA contaminated, I find it unlikely that Sunbutter would tell you so, KWIM?
I'm not sure how you send something away to be tested. Other members here know.
Personally, that's what I would do, although the problem might have been with only the packet that your daughter ate from.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
There but for the Grace of God, go I.

Posted on: Mon, 08/20/2007 - 1:17am
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Joined: 08/16/2007 - 09:00

I have eaten chips with sunflower- no problem. I tried a tiny tiny bit of the SUNBUTTER and went into full ana. shock and had to be rushed to the ER. I had never had reaction to sunflower seed oil in the chips. Can't remember really eating any whole sunflower seeds. Now I don't dare to eat the chips with the sunflower seed oil. The ana. shock shared me to death. Now I don't really know if I am allergic to the sunflower see oil. Don't dare to eat the chips anymore. Lost one more thing I could eat.
Allergic to all soy, all nuts, peas, beans, sunflower. Started at age 40.

Posted on: Mon, 08/20/2007 - 7:57am
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Joined: 04/08/2003 - 09:00

Last Dec. my mfa child ate the trail mix from enjoylife foods and got hives and hands started to swell. She had consumed packs of sunflower seeds from sunbutter on other occasions and chips with sunflower oil. Needless to say, we don't eat any seeds or anything with sunflower oil anymore. I am too scared. Utz has been really good to us. I order for our school. Don Kline (Dir of product developmental) confirms what is peanut/nut/gluten and sunflower free. Although some of the ingredient lists sunflower as a possible oil he confirms which snacks have none on them. So now we have a safe cheeto, puffed cheese doodle,chip and baked corn chip. You do have to talk to him though since the labels include all oils used not just the one for that snack.
I do believe the sunflower allergy is on the rise. I talk to more and more people with the allergy.

Posted on: Mon, 08/20/2007 - 8:04am
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Joined: 02/26/2007 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Cindy2:
[b] DD was skin tested for sunflower last Sept. with no reaction. She's never had actual sunflowers but I know she's had chips,etc. fried in sunflower oil. Does this mean she's allergic to sunflowers or should I have the remaining seeds tested?
DS tested neg. RAST not skin to PN one year before he broke out in head to foot hives from stealing a peanut butter cracker from DD. If it were me I'd ask for a new test. Things can change.

Posted on: Mon, 08/20/2007 - 9:24am
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Joined: 11/11/2006 - 09:00

You mentioned that you tested for "sunflower"
We actually did get a test result for
"sunflower" and not "sunflower seeds"
You can easily be allergic to the seeds and not the flower.
I'd go back and check that. Probably a long shot, but you never know. It did happen to us.
take care,

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