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Can you be allergic to sausages

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Artichokes Sat 21-Jul-07 18:01:53

DD is 11 months and at 7 months had an extreme reaction to forumla. She was subsequently diagnosed with a cows milk protein allergy and egg white allery. The reaction was swollen face, hives, vomiting etc. If that happens again I have piriton and have been told to take her to A&E.

Tonight she had sausages (which she loves and has had before). She ate them with a bare chest (that is relevant - see below!).

Now she has small raised nat bite type bumps on her chest and torso with redness around. She also has red blotches on her face (but no swelling at all). She seems happy and has not been sick.

(a) should I get her checked out or jsut keep an eye on her as it is much less severe than the formula reaction
(b) can allergic reactions gt worse as the hours go by or is it likely to be at its worst now? (its by best friends 30th tonight and I am meant to be leaving her with a babysitter)
(c) can she be allergic to pork (the sausages had no milk or egg)?

Thanks

Nbg Sat 21-Jul-07 18:04:41

It will be an ingreadiant in the sausages rathwer than the Pork I would imagine.

Theres allsorts in sausages.
Could be rusk, soya, anything really.

horsesforcourses Sat 21-Jul-07 18:07:07

I'm no authority on these things Artichokes, but knowthat someyimes sausages have flour/ rusk etc in with the meat to bind them - dd has had plain pork sausages in skins before (whn investigating allergy and trying to be more inventive than just meat and veg!) so wonder if it was something in this binding which doesnt agree? Have you given her any of the piriton syrup nd has this helped bring the blotches down at all? If unsure, I woudl get her checked out (given her history) and if you do decide to leave hr with a babysitter -- is it someone she knows well/ who would be able to deal with a more serious reaction if one developed and take action - will you be far away and able to enjoy yoursel thinking of her?? Hth xx

EscapeFrom Sat 21-Jul-07 18:22:37

Tomatoey sauce?

tribpot Sat 21-Jul-07 18:24:40

Most sausages have wheat in, although you wouldn't have expected them to cause a reaction on skin contact? What was in the sausages, do you still have the wrapper?

flamingtoaster Sat 21-Jul-07 18:38:12

Given she is so young, and given her history, I would tend to get her checked out.

I was told by an allergy specialist we were referred to that allergic reactions could start after several hours - he didn't at any stage say that an allergic reaction would get worse after several hours if it had been treated.

She could be allergic to pork - or any of the ingredients in the sausages. DS has a friend who is allergic to several meats.

However,

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000005.htm

it says "but some can occur after several hours, particularly if the allergen causes a reaction after it is partially digested" so theoretically if it was the pork then as it is slowly digested she could be exposed to more allergen later. All DS's reactions have been rapid reactions after ingestion and, given antihistamines quickly, we have not had to use the epipen and he hasn't ever had a worsening of symptoms later.

Write down all the ingredients in the sausages and watch her over the next few days when she eats anything with a similar ingredient in it. A second reaction to whatever it is is likely to be more dramatic.

Hope you can quickly identify what the problem food is.

mawbroon Sat 21-Jul-07 19:10:43

Just a thought Artichoke, but were the sausages cooked in oil that may have had egg cooked in it previously? I know that can be enough to trigger a reaction in someone very sensitive.
They were probably grilled and bang goes my theory! Pun intended!

Ceolas Sat 21-Jul-07 19:14:40

Are they definitely a brand she has had before? Sometimes they change their recipes. Tis very annoying

My DD is allergic to milk and once had a reaction to sausages in a restaurant despite being assured they were milk-free. Vomited all over the place!

Have you given piriton? If you have and the reaction starts to subside, I'd say you're safe to go out.

Katsma Sat 21-Jul-07 21:25:50

Did they contain sulphites? They are a known common allergen apparently (don't quite know what they are!), listed in the allergy advice section of the food label.

Katsma Sat 21-Jul-07 21:30:10

Should clarify - Was shopping for sausages for egg allergic DD yesterday, some of them had egg in the allergy section of the label, but ALL of them had sulphites.

Katsma Sat 21-Jul-07 23:10:17

Have looked up sulphites. A preservative, destroys vitB1, shown in animal studies to cause tumours, commonly associated with allergic reactions.

And it was in every damn sausage

I wish they wouldn't put crap like this in our food

Artichokes Sun 22-Jul-07 13:38:15

Sorry I disappeared rather suddenly last night. The PC went down. Thanks for the further advice.

I gave her Piriton syrup and the red blotches faded qite quickly. As it was her grandparents sitting I felt safe to leave her with them and sure enough she was fine.

However I am now worried that there is a new unidentified substance that she is allergic to and as flamingtoaster said another reaction might be worse. The sausages did contain sulfites. other than that it was simply pork and seasoning. I will watch her carefully with all new foods again.

Ho hum. Allergies are so worrying and horrible.

tatt Sun 22-Jul-07 20:02:50

yes one of my children sometimes has a mild reaction to sausages. This is not with every brand and we haven't been able to identify the cause. They no longer eat sausages except for one type from the local butcher, because he makes them himself and can tell us exactly what is in them .

Secondary reactions do happen so you need someone to watch carefully for at least 4 hours. However in our experience the secondary has been less severe.

wulfricsmummy Sun 22-Jul-07 20:03:48

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