YIKES! Sunscreen and nuts?

Posted on: Mon, 05/03/1999 - 1:31pm
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I'm going to the beach soon with my dd and I went to buy some sunscreen. I was looking for a high SPF since she is only 14 months old. I was reading the back of one of the bottles and it said contains nut extracts! I can't remember the brand, but it was one of the leading ones. I then proceeded to look over the other brands and they all have no ingredients listed! What is up with this? Only a few listed inactive ingredients, but none I looked at listed all. Am I just becoming overly paranoid or is this a valid concern? And if so does anyone know of a safe brand? Thanks! Shan

Posted on: Mon, 05/03/1999 - 1:38pm
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Shan - Thanks for bringing this to my attention! I didn't even think to look and I just bought a bottle yesterday for the day care. I will check tomorrow first thing. The bottle at home doesn't look like it has nuts in it (Coppertone) but who could tell with all of those crazy chemicals. I did notice that it had hydrogenated vegetable oil, isn't that considered a problem for people allergic to soy?
Thanks!
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Posted on: Mon, 05/03/1999 - 2:27pm
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Hi Shan:
I use Coppertone "Water Babies" 45 SPF on my son. It is labelled "Hypoallergenic" and "#1 Pediatrician Recommended Sunblock." All the ingredients are listed on the back and nothing remotely peanut-related. My son has never had a reaction to this product.
Noreen

Posted on: Mon, 05/03/1999 - 11:24pm
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My son also uses the Coppertone Waterbabies SPF 45 and has never had a problem.
Laura had brought the sunscreen problem to my attention on another thread...I can't remember where but there is some great info on it. It also dealt with some cosmetics containing peanut oil and to make sure we read ingredients on that as well.

Posted on: Tue, 05/04/1999 - 6:15am
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Thanks Kelly, Noreen, and Connie. I'll check out the Water Babies brand. I just didn't feel safe using one without the ingredients listed, especially after reading the back of one that bragged about nut extracts! Yikes for sure! Thanks again! Shan [img]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 05/04/1999 - 7:56am
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I almost fell off my chair when I read the heading to this post. I have not been able to get on today, because I was busy with my 3 yr old pn allergic daughter who is having a reaction to what I believe is sunscreen. It is Avons skin-so-soft for kids spf 30. I bought it because I found a deer tick on my daughter 2 weeks ago and this repels ticks too. It is the only thing different that my daughter has used. My allergist wants me to bring the sunscreen to my appointment. I have read the ingredients (I actually thought to do it before I used it too) and I don't see any thing that looks like peanuts. She could be having a reaction to the sunscreen and it not be peanuts. The thing is, I used the suncreen on Sun. and I didn't have the rash till today. But the rash is only where I applied the sunscreen. It has my allergist confused. I was only able to talk to her over the phone. Anyway I'll keep you up to date on my findings.
Patti

Posted on: Tue, 05/04/1999 - 8:33am
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Me again. I was so concerned about the sunscreen that I call Avon. Customer Service # 1-800-445-2866. Of course they had just closed (6:00) but they listed a medical emergency line in Baltimore 1-410-706-6988. I called and explained my situation. He was very nice and looked at all the ingredients for me. He offered to read them to me and I said no that I had them on the bottle but I was concerned about ones I couldn;t understand and fragrance. He told me there were no nuts and that I was doing the right thing and to please call haim again if I had any more questions. Just wanted to let you know that they were very nice. Still doesn't explain my reaction.
Patti

Posted on: Tue, 05/04/1999 - 11:37am
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Hi Patti,
Does the Avon Skin-So-Soft Sunscreen have PABA in it? Or does it say PABA Free?
Alot of the Major Name Brand sunscreens and tanning lotions are now PABA Free due to people being allergic to the PABA. This might be the problem.
Hope this helps!

Posted on: Tue, 05/04/1999 - 11:11pm
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Connie,
PABA free! Thanks though. The rash is still the same today. Anyone have an excema type rash before? How long did it last? Did you treat it with anything. I am only using Benadryl and it is still the same.
Thanks Patti

Posted on: Wed, 05/05/1999 - 4:15am
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Patti - My experience with Spencer's ezcema is that it can take up to a week for the rash to completely go away. We have also had the same experience with our daughter having hives after a bug bite. She immediately got hives and they stayed for five days or longer each time (even with Benadryl). Both times the doctor had us still continue with the Benadryl to avoid further reactions.
One thing I can recommend is getting out in the sun if it does not make the rash worse. That has ALWAYS helped more then any medication that we have tried to use to clear up the problem. The benadryl has been great at preventing but with the rash it didn't do much to clear it up. It always seem to just need to run its course. I know that is not much comfort when you want to make things better! [img]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Also, I don't know how old your child is, but Spencer is under 2 so we have been really limited as to what we can try. Maybe some of the other families will have better suggestions.
Take Care!
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[This message has been edited by Kelly Morse (edited May 05, 1999).]

Posted on: Wed, 05/05/1999 - 4:22am
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Kelly - Thanks so much. You are right. The Benadryl doesn't seem to help, but at least the rash is not getting worse. I think even in my own experiences with a rash due to some product, it took about a week to clear up. I don't know why I thought it would be different for her. Thanks for your experiences. I will try the sun. Katherine is only 3 so I don't want to start a lot of medication if I don't have to.
Patti

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