W/ no warning - now a milk allergy too. Pls read

Posted on: Sun, 01/29/2006 - 5:06am
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What really surprises me is that there was no warning at all. No runny nose, stomache pain, skin problems.... nothing. Zero. In the past, we did have her RAST tested just to see and she has always scored 0. Now all of a sudden, boom. 2 ER visits in 10 hours to 2 diff. hospitals. EPI was not needed but she is still on zyrtec,prednisolone and beni throughout the day. This is 10 day and thank goodness no more prednisone after tomorrow because she is CRAZy from it. And to top it off, she now has a terrible terrible cough that is going around. I have taken her 7 times in the past 10 days to Dr and allergist. This is my just turned 3 year old who is mfa. We were doing so well - she had grown out of her rice, egg, corn,amaranth,quinoa,apple, and soy allergy but is still gluten and I don't let her near peanuts/nuts or seafood. Last year was my kids healthiest year but I had taken them to many alternative Dr's and saw a real change in their health and that is also when she was able to eat all the foods above that she previously was allergic to. She tested neg to them too. Then this year I thought I would stop for 9 months and see how they did with no alternative practices. And, they have been terrible. Sick all the time and now boom another allergy. The other thing that is so strange is that I didn't even know my 3 yr old had a reaction from dinner until the next morning when I looked at her because she said she had a bug bite. her hives were pretty good size around her middle section and legs. Benadryl worked immediately and we went to the allergist. I thought it was peas. She had pea soup with milk in it, 2 cheese sticks and sorghum breadsticks. But this is what is odd - before allergist I gave her milk with cereal and upon our return milk chocolate candy bar. (All of our things are homemade or from facility with none of our allergens so i am not worried about cross) She had no reaction. Then that night I gave her a organic hamburger with sargento cheese and BOOM another reaction and off to ER.
The last thing I want to say is whenever my kids have gotten a new allergy they have been sick. Immune system shot or vaccination had been given. My 3 year old I had to stop vaccinating now anyway. I have always known not to introduce a new food when my kids are sick but I had no idea that introducing an already "safe" food would cause a problem like this with no warning. I know that allergies can come about at anytime but I had no idea there would be no warning when she had eaten the food with no problems. Anyway, off to find out more about milk allergies. Boy, another blow. I know you all understand.

Posted on: Sun, 01/29/2006 - 5:32am
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Are you sure it was not the organic hamburger?

Posted on: Sun, 01/29/2006 - 7:14am
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Maybe since your child is sick, this was a case of viral hives?
My kids have both had severe cases of viral hives. Ask your doctor about this possibility. Especially if the child still tests negative to the suspected foods.
Cathy
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Mom to 6 1/2 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Sun, 01/29/2006 - 7:56am
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The first night it was pea soup with milk and cheese sticks.
The second reaction was hamburger with cheese.
So, the only common food was dairy.
She has been on a resticted diet for the past 10 days and the only thing she hasn't had was dairy. I had been keeping a list.
I thought about the hives and ask the first ER doctor if it could be viral and he said no. But he wasn't the greatest Dr either. Oh, how I wish it was from an infection and not allergy.

Posted on: Sun, 01/29/2006 - 10:40am
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Danielle,
So sorry for your DD's newest reaction. Did your allergist do an IgE? If you are questioning an allergic reaction, this will spike. It stays elevated for several weeks so you might ask if it could be included w/ the bloodwork.
Did your Allergist say the other foods were ok last year, or were you re-introducing them to test? The reason I ask is because I can test neg on the RAST and skin test. So I'm going along thinking all is well and boom...a new allergy develops. (I am 42) My old Allergist (great guy) used to say not to "cheat" with several things at one time. If you must have, for example, corn, then don't have rice, too(my allergens). Your system just gets overloaded.
A rotation diet is the safest for MFA's. This keeps your system from over-reacting.
I wish my parents and Ped. had a clue when I was little! (As if nausea, vomiting and diarrhea were not!!) My allergies were not anaphylactic as a child, just bothersome GI reactions. But my Allergist said if I had been Dx'd and on an elimination diet, my immune system would have developed a buffer (IgG). And I would probably have outgrown my of my allergens!
You are doing a great job as a parent! Keep up the food diary. Don't be in too big of a hurry; some kids outgrow minor allergies as early as age 5, or with puberty.
Daisy
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Posted on: Mon, 01/30/2006 - 4:38am
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We are in a similar boat as you......now trying a new drug. Look up xolair.com , but we just started this therapy so will wait a couple months before posting any results. My son is on prednisone now for soy contamination-related allergy that sounds similar to your ER visits! Better luck for us all!

Posted on: Mon, 01/30/2006 - 7:01am
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Danielle,
Sorry about your news [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] You certainly have enough on your plate allergy-wise already. I guess the bright side of this is that you already have so much on your plate allergy-wise [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] you probably can come up with some really creative ideas for substitutes that I haven't even dreamed of yet.
As far as cheese, we've used Tofutti without a problem. If you want to share with me some of your dd's favorite foods with milk, I could maybe give you ideas for substitutes. My ds is sensitive to many things on shared equipment, unless they publicly state their cleaning procedures, like Tofutti or Silk, those he's ok with.
But with crackers that don't list milk as an ingredient, if there's a U with a D or DE next to it, that means it's run on the same lines as dairy. My ds has gotten a few hives this way. Your dd may be just fine, but thought I'd mention it.
Good luck. Meg

Posted on: Mon, 01/30/2006 - 8:35am
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Thx for all your replies.
Mommytomatt - how do u do pizza? Is it even possible?
Again thx everyone.

Posted on: Mon, 01/30/2006 - 8:53am
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I've made him 1 pizza, he wouldn't eat it, lol. But it was with Pillsbury pizza crust, and tofutti mozzarella cheese. I heated the cheese in the microwave and then sprinkled it on the pizza.
Tofutti also sells a frozen pizza that we recently tried, it tastes yummy. But again, ds wouldn't eat it. It's sold at health food stores mostly. HTH Meg

Posted on: Mon, 01/30/2006 - 9:15am
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I'm sorry to hear about another allergy. Hopefully, it is a coincidence or temporary and will improve when he feels better.
We have pizza all the time. I used to make the dough from scratch, but now we use the Pillsbury (comfort zone). I don't use cheese at all, but top with all sorts of things - sauteed onions, peppers, hot peppers, garlic, turkey burger meat in tomato sauce, broccoli, asparagus, spinach.

Posted on: Mon, 01/30/2006 - 10:58am
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we do pizza alot too. we make the dough and then put whatever the kids like on it except cheese. ds loves it. sometimes we make him breadsticks instead (dh sometimes puts turkey pepperoni in them) and then give ds some sauce to dip it in.. he loves that too.
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