So confused!! DS w/ PA and EA suddenly seems to be allergic to everything!! What is going on?

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My 18 month old son was recently diagnosed with moderate Peanut and egg allergies. Within the past two weeks he has broken out into hives all over from foods he use to eat with no problems! So far, the hives immediately appeared from yams baked with olive oil, homemade pizza with sauce no cheese and zucchini, an animal cracker, breaded zucchini baked with olive oil. Im so scared to find out whats next! Im trying to find a connection with all these. I thought maybe the olive oil?? The breadcrumbs used for the zucchini were vegan and peanut free, pizza crust was just flour, yeast, salt, sugar, but did have zucchini as a topping the animal cracker did say processed in a facility that has nuts so theres my answer to that one(even though he always ate them no prob). Has anyone every reacted to foods like veggies?? It just seems so strange to be to be allergic to this stuff? I feed him yams all the time when he was a baby too. Im hoping this is just a fluke. My doc says to give benedryl but I hate to keep giving it to him. He hates it and spits it out and I have to force it down his throat which breaks my heart!!! Is there something else I can give him for all over hives? Maybe a topical cream?? Im taking my son to his 18 month check up today so hopefully I willl get some answers. The allergist said to come back in a year but maybe now we should go sooner. Please reply if you can help me out with this one. Im still overwhelmed and shocked over his peanut and egg allergy. Thanks everyone! :)

By BestAllergySites on Sep 29, 2009

First off-if your gut says go in again to see your allergist-then you should. If your allergist blows you off-find another allergist. I truly believe in mom instinct!

That being said, there could be a million reasons for the hives. Sometimes if there was a recent allergic reaction-the immune system is compromised and reacts to things it might not normally react to. Sometimes kids just have super sensitive skin-especially allergy kids. Sometimes you just can't find an answer.

I would not eat animal crackers. They are notorious for causing symptoms. Even if he has eaten them fine before-may contains or processed in warnings means at some point the item might contain the allergen. It's like playing Russian roulette.

Sesame is in everything and an allergy many people have. It's in breads, bread crumbs, etc. Was he tested or has he had reactions to sesame?

If the hives are bad I would stick with benadryl until you can get in to see the allergist again. If they are really bad-I would get into the allergist asap. All over body hives can be an indication of anaphylaxis.

By elissag on Oct 1, 2009

I agree, go back to the allergist and check for seeds. Also, call manufacturers of the foods you have questions about-maybe they also produce nuts or eggs in the factory?

Do you keep a food diary to track the foods you cooked, your son ate, and what brands you used as well as his symptoms for the day?

We have had an issue all of a sudden with legumes. So, no more mixed veggies, certain nutritious noodles made with legume flour, flaxseed, etc.

The more ingredients there are, or sometimes the more vegan or organic items are if they are made by small companies, sometimes I think they are more likely to have been cross-contaminated in a factory, but it is not listed in the ingredients label.

When my son has a flare up, I keep the food very, very simple until symptoms are gone, and add in one thing at a time, like one new food every few days so there is time to try to pinpoint it.

FYI, for breadcrumbs, I love the ones I used in this recipie:

Good luck-it is terribly overwhleming, I know... :(

By krinow08 on Oct 1, 2009

Thanks everyone for replying. have made an appointment for Jackson with the allergist on Oct 14th. As far as the bead crumbs they were vegan and contained no nuts or sesame seeds. I called the pediatrician, and he said to keep a very detailed food log, and to include the types of pans, plates and silverware used. He could be allergic to that i guess. I will keep you all posted!

By lakeswimr on Oct 1, 2009

I would guess that the olive oil has cross contamination or your child has a new allergy. Of course, you must avoid foods with any type of allergy warning, even if your child has eaten them in the past because the amount of allergen that could be in a food like that can vary from one time to the next. Over all about 17% of foods with allergen warnings actually do contain enough of the allergen to cause a serious reaction.

Are you baking things at home with your child's allergens? could the equipment or the ingredients you use be cross contaminated from this somehow?

Also, do you have an allergist and a written emergency plan? Our plan would call for giving the epi pen if we suspected full body hives were caused by an allergen ingestion. If there is that much swelling outside the body there could also be serious swelling happening inside that your child can not yet communicate to you.

Also, you can take the actual foods that your child reacted to to the allergist and have your child skin tested for those foods. If they come up positive on the skin test you can then test for the components of the foods and figure out the cause that way.

By krinow08 on Oct 1, 2009

I was kinda thinking it was the olive oil also, because that seems to be one thing that was in all the foods he reacted too. It was wegmans brand extra virgin olive oil. I have also noticed ever since these reactions, he has developed redness on his cheeks that kinda looks like eczema. Im not sure if thats common after a reaction. He has always has such perfect flawless skin. but its only on his cheeks. The hives all over did scare me, but i didn't feel like he needed an epi. I guess I feel that i will know when he truly needs it. I'm just so scared now after all this and I find myself starring at him during dinner in fear of a reaction. Im sure you can all relate. Im just new to all this and Im sure with time it will get easier.

By elissag on Oct 1, 2009

Yes-the redness around the cheeks and mouth is always my first tip.

I have had trouble with oils and non-stick cooking sprays, too. I have posted questions to these forums and never gotten replys, so if you get any more info, please let us know!

By hollya on Oct 2, 2009

Hi, Krinow08 I can totally relate. A few months back our 4yr son was reacting to something and we still don't know what it was....5 days of not knowing was VERY scary. He would break out in hives all over, but not until hours later so I could never figure it out. Long story short he has had plain Sunny D for years. I bought Tangy Sunny D, because the store we shop at was out of the plain and I figured it shouldn't be to much different. Well, on the 5th day he broke out around his mouth right away. Down the drain went the Sunny D. The only allergies that our son has are peanut and garlic. We still don't know what it is in that brand that bothers him, but something in it doesn't agree with him for sure. Needless to say that was a very stressful 5 days. And I no longer allow him to drink any Sunny D. I to watch our son after he eats anything new. I watch him for hours in fact and usually try to give him new things on the weekends during the day when I am with him the whole time. It's a very scary thing these allergies, I just hope that one day we can find a cure. Also being that he is still so small, I think that makes it harder.

By elissag on Oct 2, 2009

Hollya, yes I do the same. No new foods (drinks, candy, anything!) unless we will be home together for several days. I need to be able to see his skin, note his mood and sleep irrugularities, change every diaper (my son is only 2) and his symtoms often do not appear until 12-24 hours later, and then if he has the food again, it crops up faster.

By hollya on Oct 2, 2009

Elissag, thanks. Sometimes I feel very "overboard" about the ways in which I handle situations, but after almost 3yrs of dealing with this I am like who cares I have to protect our child. It's a full time job though, the emotional part of it for sure.

By barbfeick on Nov 1, 2009

There may be a connection between vaccinations and food allergies. I believe there is a direct connection. Check out the blogs on this website.

The first reply said to trust your "mommy instinct". That is the best recommendation that anyone can give you.

By krinow08 on Dec 4, 2009

just an update, i took jackson to the allergist yesterday to test for some new foods he has reacted to. sesame(he reacted to hummus), sweet potatoes, zuchinni, and canteloupe. when he ate these foods he broke out in hives. he tested positive to all but sweet pots. im so overwhelmed! it seems so rare. he really doesnt eat much, he is still nursing a ton (thank Gob because he doesnt react to that!) the doc said he may also react to all summer and winter squashes and all melons and to stay away from the as well. he did react to spagetti squash, but i forgot to bring that to allergist. doc said he is also at high risk for developing asthma. im just scared to find out whats next. trying hard to focus on the positives. sorry for typos im typing one handed cause im nursing jack to sleep lol

By BestAllergySites on Dec 5, 2009

I am so sorry to hear this! I know it must be frightening and confusing for you. I'm glad you came back to update us as we all want to be here to offer support.

I will say that it IS pretty rare to be truly allergic to so many foods. I'm not saying it doesn't happen--but many people are tested to things they are not allergic to and they show up as positive.

It doesn't sound like that's the case with you--as your son has had reactions.

If it makes you feel any better--I will add that your son is VERY young. Many children at this age with multiple allergies outgrow them over time. Hopefully your son will be one of them!


By lakeswimr on Dec 5, 2009

Skin testing is only 50% accurate for positive results meaning half the time it gives false positives. If you used oil on all those foods there is a chance that was the cause and not the veggies. It is possible to be allergic to any food but sugar but it is very rare to be allergic to any of those but sesame.

Sesame can be listed as 'spice' or 'natural flavor' and doesn't have to be listed on food labels so you should call every company to ask about whether their product contains sesame or is made on shared equip. The oil also could have been processed on shared equip with sesame oil. My son has multiple food allergies including sesame and sesame has caused a lot of mystery reactions. I call every company now and that helps a lot. Many companies do not treat sesame as an allergen but it has the super potency of peanuts so it is dangerous.

As for vaccines, there are a lot of people I know at another food allergy website who have children who had their first reactions before receiving any vaccines and a bunch who don't vaccinate at all and have children with food allergies. I do not think there is any link but we don't know for sure in any case.

By elissag on Dec 6, 2009

I read somewhere on this forum AGES ago that there was a link to melon/squash allergies and peanut, also for peanut and grass. In other words, if you are allergic to peanut, the others may follow... It was something about the similarity of the pollen, or "pollen footprint". My son will not eat a single bite of melons/squashs, I haven't had him tested for them, but this summer he was covered in hives and is highly allergic to grass...

By BestAllergySites on Dec 8, 2009

elissag-if reactions to melon or other fruits are an itchy tongue only and NOT anaphylaxis--it could be oral allergy syndrome.

Many fruits DO cross react with pollen. For instance ragweed is associated with melons. Those with ragweed allergies may have reactions to melons as the body identifies both as similar and as invaders.

I repeat though--any reaction MORE than an itchy tongue is usually not oral allergy syndrome.

If you do a google search, you should be able to come up with a list of pollens and the fruits they relate to.

By elissag on Mar 1, 2010


Did you find anything more regarding pots and pans? I have noticed it with my son recently... I was looking through this post and forgot your ped had recommended it! I keep trying to make allergen-free meals and he still gets rashes a lot. (We have found he also is allergic to wheat, zucchini and lima beans). It seemed to be whenever I simmer sommething, or even boil noodles. I think it is a metal in my pots and pans. I have run experiments at dinner-like make a food in corning ware and cut it up using plastic utensils, and he is fine. Another day I'll make the same thing, but cut with metal utensils and he has a small rash. The more metal comes in to play, the bigger the rash. Have you seen this, too?