Who would have thought a banana peel?

Posted on: Sat, 09/04/2004 - 9:29am
Shaylynsmom's picture
Joined: 01/17/2004 - 09:00

Yesterday dd came and asked for a banana with the peel on, so I handed her one like always, half peeled. When she got to the peel she threw it away and ate the rest of the banana.

About 2 minutes later she says her eye is swollen, she is not kidding! She said that she had been rubbing her eye cause it itched and now her left eye is swollen shut, I gave her Benedryl right away and by last night the swelling had gone down.

I never would have thought about a banana peel having nut/peanut residue on them, but now thinking in hindsight it makes perfect sense. The people who fill our produce also fill the nuts and bags of peanuts, so why wouldn't the residue be on everything they touch. Why had I not thought of this earlier? Has anyone else run into this yet? Or am I the only one who overlooked this?

Alicia, mom to:
Edward-21 years- sulfa drugs
Cody-9 years- grass,tree,weeds,mold,mosquito
Shaylyn-4 years-PA/TNA,all legumes,all peas,egg,dog,cat,molds,weeds, Amoxicillian,Zithromax,Asthma

Posted on: Sat, 09/04/2004 - 9:47am
Donni's picture
Joined: 11/06/2000 - 09:00

Bananas are generally not washed before eating...at least, I don't! I have always been on the alert as most of the grocery stores put the peanut bin (generally it has a cover but most people don't close it!) next to the bananas.
I only buy bananas at stores where the bin has been removed to another area (say, near the tomatoes--what kid is going to pick up a tomato and eat it?...and most adults do know to wash tomatoes).
In one store, it only took 2 shopping trips to have it done. Actually, they cleaned a new area and put the bananas there--totally away from the peanuts.
It has taken me almost 2 years to have the peanuts moved from the bananas in my local store...and that only lasted a week! After yet another complaint (timed just when the "big-wigs" were in the store observing the manager), the peanuts have been moved.
[son 6 years old--anaphylatic reaction without ingestion to peanut @ 22 months; contact allergic to peanut, sesame seed, & chickpea; possible airborn reaction to peanut if in closed environment; CAP RAST also shows allergy to almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts (avoiding all tree nuts) but no known reaction to tree nuts]

Posted on: Sat, 09/04/2004 - 11:04am
Naer74's picture
Joined: 11/03/2003 - 09:00

I would be very careful with your daughter. Are you sure she hasn't developed a new allergy to bananas? I think there is also a cross-reactivity between bananas and those with latex allergies. You may want to call your alelrgist.

Posted on: Sat, 09/04/2004 - 11:06am
Dunpun's picture
Joined: 01/26/2004 - 09:00

Hi, sorry your dd had a reaction, but hopefully she is alright now. Thanks for the heads up. I actually used to wash bananas before giving to my kids but not really for peanut reasons, just call me ocd mommy. I really never even thought of this but seems it could very well happen. We just steer clear of the peanut bins but I never thought of what they were near in terms of what we were eating. Every day brings something new!!

Posted on: Sat, 09/04/2004 - 11:19am
e-mom's picture
Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

I'm going along with Naer74 on this one.
Your daughter most likely has an allergy to bananas. Although I have no medical background, I would keep her away from them until you can have her tested.
Definitely call your pediatrician and tell him/her what exactly happened.

Posted on: Sat, 09/04/2004 - 1:08pm
Shaylynsmom's picture
Joined: 01/17/2004 - 09:00

She eats at least 6 or more bananas a week, they are one of her favorite fruits. In fact she had two the day before and one today and she is just fine, it had to be the peel, nut residue would make the most sense, I just don't think it is an allergy to bananas. I will keep the allergy to bananas in mind though, just in case it pops up again after washing the peels first.
Alicia, mom to:
Edward-21 years- sulfa drugs
Cody-9 years- grass,tree,weeds,mold,mosquito
Shaylyn-4 years-PA/TNA,all legumes,all peas,egg,dog,cat,molds,weeds, Amoxicillian,Zithromax,Asthma

Posted on: Sat, 09/04/2004 - 2:01pm
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Shaylynsmom, I was going to go with the other posters who suggested that it may be a newly developed allergy until I saw your last post.
I honestly have NEVER thought about this. There are open bins of peanuts in all of the grocery stores I have shopped in since time began and I have NEVER had an incident like this, and I'm not prudent about washing banana peels.
I just never would have thought about something like this happening.
The only thing that I can think of that is even remotely related (and I mean remotely [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ) is one time I was purchasing bagged carrots and they were right on top of yes, bagged peanuts. I thought, okay, I don't need that bag of carrots all that much.
But no, I've NEVER thought of this when in the produce aisle.
I hope your daughter is okay. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 09/04/2004 - 4:01pm
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Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

[This message has been edited by Nutternomore (edited September 05, 2004).]

Posted on: Sat, 09/04/2004 - 9:52pm
SF's picture
Joined: 06/06/2002 - 09:00

Could this be a latex allergy??
I have heard that Banana and latex are related...
I have a friend who's son has multiple food allergies and latex allergy and he can't have bananas...just a thought.

Posted on: Sat, 09/04/2004 - 10:13pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

This occurred to me early on and I have always washed Ryan's raw fruits and veggies with soap and water, including bananas. I even wash the exterior of an entire watermelon with soap and water. This includes strawberries, blueberries, mushrooms--everything.
IMO, it is entirely possible that peanut residue ended up on the bananas.

Posted on: Sun, 09/05/2004 - 2:56am
jeancbpugh's picture
Joined: 03/17/2001 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by ryan's mom:
[b]IMO, it is entirely possible that peanut residue ended up on the bananas. [/b]
All kinds of things could be on the surface of the banana skin, too. Anything the stocker touched. Or insecticide. Or a polish or wax.
I wash the outside of everything that I can, too.

Posted on: Sun, 09/05/2004 - 12:20pm
ants mom's picture
Joined: 01/23/2003 - 09:00

Does your child have seasonal allergies to pollen? My son had a similar reaction about 1 year ago after eating a banana. I kept him away from them until he was tested. He tested negative and has since eaten bananas without any reactions. His allergist said it could be a cross reaction from pollen.

Posted on: Mon, 09/06/2004 - 12:52am
Anne Parrish's picture
Joined: 01/06/2000 - 09:00

The first time we had to use the Epi came from eating a banana. And it was definitely peanut residue on the peel that went from her hand to hear mouth. She had/has eaten bananas many times before/after without any hint of a problem. Our local grocery store used to store peanuts in a wire mesh crate right next to the bananas. The store now uses an acrylic container & keeps it near the potatoes & onions.

Posted on: Mon, 09/06/2004 - 2:05am
Danielle's picture
Joined: 04/08/2003 - 09:00

We wash all our produce including bananas. Just in case!

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