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29/12/2013 at 15:43
29/12/2013 at 16:25
A had scrambled egg a while back with no obvious signs of a reaction, and we went to get her allergy tested for dairy, which showed -ve for dairy but +ve for egg which confused us...we just assumed they got them labelled the wrong way round as she always has a reaction to dairy. Anyway, we gave her some scrambled egg yday which made her come out in a rash and blotchy patches fairly quickly, so she obviously is allergic and just didn't show that first time
29/12/2013 at 16:26
Also, are you sure it was the egg and not the milk or butter in it?
29/12/2013 at 18:20
The first few times of exposure they may not have a reaction, it's only after the body decides it doesn't like it will it react. Have you tried her with boiled egg on it's own to eliminate other causes?
29/12/2013 at 18:30
Thanks for your replies ladies. B has been fine so far with milk in porridge, cheese, yogurt butter etc so I assumed it was the egg.
We haven't tried boiled egg alone but the scrambled egg was just made with a bit of butter. She had yogurt afterwards but the blotches had already started. She was rubbing her face a bit and it doesn't help that she's had a cold, so the stuffy nose could have been allergy or snuffles! She did have salmon for the first time at lunch but the reaction seemed so related to the egg timing.
I suppose I'll see how helpful a doctor is. I haven't tried nuts yet either and now I'm rather scared! Nenas...do they test for different things as well as the suspected culprit then? Do you now have to avoid the slightest suggestion of egg?
29/12/2013 at 19:25
Sam had an allergic reaction to egg a few weeks ago, it was the first time he had it and he was feeding himself strips of omelette, so we think only actually swallowed the tiniest bit - I wasn't there though, he was with my H. His started with an eczema patch appearing on his forehead about 30 minutes after it, then about 1.5 hours after having it, he got a rash around his mouth - upper lip and chin which became raised and very red as the day went on. A non bumpy rash also appeared on the back of his neck at the same time, which spread all over his back, chest and thighs after an hour or two. The Doctor gave him Piriton and it took about 2 days for the rash to disappear completely, but the worst was gone overnight.
We were told no egg at all, including in cooking, and, after chatting with the HV last week, have been advised to try him with cake after he is 1 (he's 7 months), and see if there's a reaction. The Doctor told us there is no 'group' of food reactions - so he may or may not be allergic to nuts, but, like you, it left me nervous so I'm going to leave them until he's 1 as well.
He had a reaction to strawberries the third time he had them, but it was the first time I'd mushed them up, the other two he was holding, and the HV said it will be the seeds he'd reacted to and also to avoid kiwi and peanut butter as they are likely to cause the same.
I think different people have different opinions though, but I'd rather err on the side of caution for now, and not try anything else controversial until he's a bit bigger and maybe cope with it better. His were only mild reactions thankfully, I'd really hate it if he had a more severe one.
Hope the GP helps tomorrow - ours didn't offer a referral, I don't think they like to unless it's more severe and even then I think you kind of have to push for it!
29/12/2013 at 19:53
Hey Lamby. Sorry to hear of Sam's reactions, B's wasn't so extreme and had subsided within a hour or two. I am freaking out about the next one being severe though, esp. as we are out in the countryside and not easy for help to reach quickly (I have even toyed with the crazy-lady notion of trying nuts in a hospital car park!! Oh dear).
I guess I'll speak to my HV too, yours sounds sensible. I read somewhere that egg and nut problems can go hand in hand but maybe that's myth. We had strawberries yesterday and today and seem OK.
Nappies aren't consistent either, so I can't go much by what comes out that end!
Is the 1 year magic age to do with immune system maturity?
29/12/2013 at 21:06
A's reactions have been fairly mild I think... just hives/rashes/blotches at contact sites which fade to nothing within an hour. I haven't linked it to any belly aches or bad nappies, so I don't think she's hugely allergic. She seems fine with egg in things (biscotti, gingerbread) and also the milk in things like that don't seem to affect her, so I think its just 'pure' forms of dairy (butter, yoghurt, cheese) and egg that she has a problem with.
we went to the pediatrician who said they'd test her for dairy and also egg as they are commonly seen together, and also tested for soy which is a main substitute for dairy so to make sure she'd be ok with it (she is, thankfully)
29/12/2013 at 21:42
That made me smile about giving nuts in the hospital car park! Not crazy lady though (well in my, slightly crazy lady opinion!) I was a bit paranoid about an egg reaction, because Sam has eczema, and I just had a weird feeling about it, so I made sure we tried it when my H was off work, on a week day, in the morning, so we could access any help we need, which would definitely seem ott to some! So I feel your pain about being out in the country. You could be right about nuts / eggs together, it was just my GPs opinion, and she isn't a specialist. I should do more reading up on it really. I don't know if 1 is a magic age, or if the HV just thought he would be sturdier and able to cope better but I'm kind of putting words into her mouth!
Nenas - Sam's sound similar and was described as a 'mild' reaction by our GP, but it isn't nice is it, and doesn't feel mild?! Glad she can have egg and dairy indirectly though and FX she will grow out of it.
29/12/2013 at 22:46
Some of the pics we've taken of her hives and rashes look awful, but I've seen and heard of some reactions that are horrific, so although it doesn't look it, I'm pretty sure it is mild lol.
30/12/2013 at 15:21
Well the doctor said avoid eggs for a few weeks then report back and see if she's reacted to anything else. Also steer clear of nuts for now. Mum said my sister had a contact allergy to egg white but ate egg OK, so I do wonder if it was more that B wiped her face with it this time. Anyway we'll see what happens from here. All the best to you guys too!
31/12/2013 at 13:27
You too Gopher, hopefully it is like your sister and she can still have egg related enjoyment!
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