Son had a reaction at Target today...

Posted on: Tue, 01/16/2007 - 3:45am
Boomer's picture
Joined: 02/09/2007 - 09:00

I couldn't figure out what caused it because we were in the clothing dept. and hadn't even been over by the snacks or food. He got really blotchy skin and his eye was itchy and really red. We were in there 10 minutes and bam.

He has had worse reactions at the grocery store from his PA so I don't take him there anymore. But now we can't go to Target? Is the poor kid going to have to live in a bubble? He just seems to get more and more sensitive to this, it is so darn scary!!!!

Posted on: Tue, 01/16/2007 - 3:47am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

You just never know, maybe someone was shopping right before you and their child was eating pb crackers and your son just happened to touch the VERY same could rack your brain for hours(I often do)! My son had a reaction yesterday too, to who knows what, red face and his right eye was horribly red and itchy(swollen and almost welt-like)....gave Benedryl and after an hour it was fine....I'm still perplexed! Hang in there!!

Posted on: Tue, 01/16/2007 - 4:21am
lilpig99's picture
Joined: 12/22/2005 - 09:00

Those mystery reactions are tough! I hope he's feeling better. Even if he's young, but somewhat understands his allergy, you can use this experience as a learning tool--especially if you gave him benedryl (I assume you did). Showing him that medicine [i]helps[/i] you 'get better'. Making that positive connection for him.
Was he sitting in the cart or walking around? We always wipe down the top handles of the cart, but good grief, you can't get every nook and crannie! Anyhow, I hope he's feeling better...hugs.

Posted on: Tue, 01/16/2007 - 5:05am
starlight's picture
Joined: 01/16/2004 - 09:00

To offer another suggestion - does he have allergies to dogs, cats, wool, or perfume?
While the splotchiness and itchy eye can be a PA reaction, that kind of reaction happens to me most often when I'm around an environmental allergen.
So if he had the misfortune to brush by someone who was covered in dog or cat hair or dosed in perfume, or was by the wool sweaters, coats, or scarves, he could have trouble if he's allergic to those things...
Hope he's doing better now.
[This message has been edited by starlight (edited January 16, 2007).]

Posted on: Tue, 01/16/2007 - 5:56am
PennMom's picture
Joined: 08/01/2006 - 09:00

Sorry to hear about your son's reaction. Do you think he might have touched something (cart, door, merchandise, etc)then rubbed his eye. That happened to my daughter one time- with a stuffed animal at home- we think from dust, also got red, itchy eyes and blotchy skin.
I know our Target has a Starbucks in it- I always smell it right when we walk in because it's right beside the doors- but doesn't sound like this was an issue for you since you weren't near the snack stuff.
Mystery reactions are hard to figure out- not sure if your son takes a daily antihistamine or not- we started one in October and it's helped my daughter tremendously with these types of reactions.
Hope he's feeling better!

Posted on: Tue, 01/16/2007 - 6:12am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Sorry to hear that. [img][/img]
We had a very similar reaction (with asthma symptoms in addition to the symptoms we have come to expect from an aerosol exposure) just before Christmas here at [i]our[/i] local Target.
We've not been back. DD said all that she could smell was an overwhelming smell of popcorn in the store, and that's all we sniffed out as well. But it was unmistakable-- moving further from the snack bar DID NOT help... and leaving the store itself turned it off like a light-swtich. Literally-- asthma attack suddenly didn't need meds. [img][/img]
With your experience, now, I have to wonder if Target is starting to cook something that contains pn oil....

Posted on: Tue, 01/16/2007 - 6:18am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

Corvallis Mom...your daughter had a very similar reaction to my sons, but at a Burger King. I've read their ingredients, but for some reason, in one particular store(we've been to others and been fine) but he started choking and coughing, rubbing eyes, crying and said he was going to soon as we left he was fine(gave Benedryl and inhaler just to be sure) to this day I still don't know what it was from, I am suspecting cleaners, but who knows!

Posted on: Tue, 01/16/2007 - 7:37am
Boomer's picture
Joined: 02/09/2007 - 09:00

He was walking around. His reaction to peanuts is always blotchy skin, super itchy red eyes, if bad hives, swollen lips and he has even gotten itchy "spicy" throat. But not today, it didn't get past the red eye and a double dose of benedryl, (I had epi-pen with me, but opened up benedryl at store and gave it to him.). He other allergies are rag weed, and some out door mold that is in the spring. But he was just tested last week and the Dr. said that the peanut allergy came up very severe.
He understands his allergy I think as much if not a little more than a 6yr old can. He likes benedryl lucky for us. He had been crawling around on the floor, maybe he touched a crumb, or whatever. It seems whenever we get out in public, he reacts. UGH!!

Posted on: Tue, 01/16/2007 - 8:31am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Our allergist told me that contact reactions virtually never develop into full-blown anaphylaxis. I highly value Dr. Wood's opinion since he's one of the leading allergists in the food allergy field, and I found comfort in this information. I hope you also find it helpful. It's helped me tremendously with not getting upset about all of the contact reactions my child has. If you're a person who reacts by mere touch of a residue, you're bound to have a lot of reactions, but at least they are very unlikely ever to reach the point of being life-threatening.


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