two reactions just back from ER freaking out- kinda long

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2007 - 3:36am
milosmom's picture
Joined: 05/30/2006 - 09:00

Yesterday, my husband gave my son hummus (chickpeas, olive oil, tahini, lemon and sea salt) he's not allergic to any of the ingredients. He immediately broke out in hives and my husband gave him his zyrtec (I was in NY with our daughter on a mommy daughter date. The rash got worse and spread all over his body. My husband gave him Benadryl. An hour later we returned from the city and he was still really rashy- he had huge welts all over his body and inside his ears and he looked like he had a bad sunburn, but his breathing was fine. I took him to the ER as I'd never seen a reaction like this in him. They gave him Oral Pred. and watched him for a while to make sure he didn't have a secondary reaction. They sent us home with a script for the Pred and instructions to give him Benadryl every 8 hours.

I am shell shocked- he's never reacted to any of these things before. Additionally a week ago I gave him Sunbutter which he loves and he had a reaction to that (hives and itching.) I am afraid to have the sitter feed him foods he's eaten before, as it doesn't seem to matter.

Any thoughts or advice? Thanks

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2007 - 3:57am
kandomom's picture
Joined: 01/12/2006 - 09:00

Perhaps he has developed some/a new allergy?
Does your doctor recommend you bring him in for testing?

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2007 - 4:01am
milosmom's picture
Joined: 05/30/2006 - 09:00

I left a message for his allergist last night and am waiting to hear back. We have an appt next week and I asked if we could add some tests to the visit (he's enrolled in a study at the Jaffe Institute at Mt. Sinai). I'm so scared right now, and this kid will eat anything he can get his hands on.

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2007 - 4:13am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Have you given your son actual tahini before or only sesame. My DS's worse reaction to date (should have gone to ER) was after giving him tahini. He use to eat rice crackers with sesame in it all the time and he never had a reaction. I gave him tahini and it was an immediate reaction. Now he reacts to sesame seeds too.
Sunbutter has a "may contain" warning for Soy. Possible soy allergy?
They are both seeds too although I don't think they are in the same family. I don't know that much about "seed" allergy.
Is he feeling better today?

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2007 - 4:25am
milosmom's picture
Joined: 05/30/2006 - 09:00

He's feeling much better thanks for asking. He still has welts on his trunk groin and legs. They told me to expect it to stick around for a while. He's had hummus before and was fine with it. I specifically asked them to test for seasame and he was negative. They also tested him for soy recently and he was fine. I need to call the company and find out if they share lines with peanut butter (for the tahini) is that even possible? I am so freaked out. He was also tested for sunflower seeds and was negative.

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2007 - 4:33am
luvmyboys's picture
Joined: 05/25/2006 - 09:00

The Tahini I had in my fridge when ds was diagnosed was clearly labeled contains peanuts and treenuts (up to 0.5% I believe!) so this is certainly a possibility that it was contaminated.

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2007 - 5:21am
cynde's picture
Joined: 12/10/2002 - 09:00

I think chickpeas are a legume, which is the same family as PN.
I also noticed tahini had PN oil in it when I went to purchase it one time, so I didn't get it, but I would suspect that.
Glad your ds is OK.

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2007 - 6:51am
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

I would suspect the tahini was x-contam. with PN. Next suspect is sesame/seed allergy.
Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 4 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2007 - 11:15am
McCobbre's picture
Joined: 04/16/2005 - 09:00

I would also suspect the hummus was cross contaminated. At a church potluck yesterday someone brought some Athenos hummus, but I couldn't remember if it was safe for PA. DS loves hummus, and it would have been great to be able to give it to him, but I am just to worried about manufactured hummus.
Then there's always those blasted sesame allergies . . . .
I hope it's the former.

Posted on: Thu, 02/08/2007 - 11:41am
lauramacf's picture
Joined: 01/25/2007 - 09:00

I would suspect a developing sensitivity to seeds, even if they've been okay before. Peanut/nut cross contamination in the tahini is definitely a strong possibility, but sesame allergy is on the rise. We learned of my daughter's sesame allergy when I was still nursing her. I realized that her eczema was flaring up really badly after I over-indulged in sesame over the course of a month--before then she'd never had a problem. We've ended up having to eliminate all seeds as a precaution. For a long time I allowed things with sunflower oil in them, but last year her sunflower RAST scores suddenly spiked (at age 5), so we've backed off on that too. I'm sorry to hear this is happening. Good luck getting to the bottom of it.
Just so you know, I think Trader Joe's Original hummus is tahini free (but call them to check about x-contamination, I've never checked), and I've found that my daughter really loves homemade tahini free hummus, and the rest of us find it satisfying (if not as yummy as regular hummus).

Posted on: Wed, 02/21/2007 - 3:12am
milosmom's picture
Joined: 05/30/2006 - 09:00

I just got a call from the allergist. My son has developed allergies to both sunflower seeds (he had a couple of minor reactions to sunbutter) and seasame (the one that landed him in the ER) his RAST for sesame is his highest yet 9.72.
I am devestated.


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