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Old 08-16-2012, 02:51 PM   #1
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Reaction to Sunflower Seeds

When I look up "allergy to sunflower seed symptoms" I can't seem to find ones that match mine exactly. If I eat them, I have severe itching in my inner ear, and I feel like I need to keep clearing my throat. My esophagus and throat itch too. When this first happened 30 years ago I learned to simply avoid them. But now, once in a while, I'll eat something they may be hidden in. Like a multi-grain bread or broccoli salad. Once I had a reaction in a restaurant and I knew I was not eating them....I was eating Craisins on a salad....turns out the chef told me sunflower seeds are in the tray next to the Craisins in the kitchen. Guilty by association!

Last week it was a muffin with hidden sunflower seeds -- two bites and I knew they were there. This time the usual symptoms occured, but I also got very itchy palms and the bottom of my feet itched bad. I have never-- believe it or not -- tried Benedryl during a reaction. Either I didn't have any on hand or was at work/driving and couldn't afford to get super sleepy. Anyone know if the B takes the symptoms away?

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Re: Reaction to Sunflower Seeds

It should. Sounds like standard allergy reactions.

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Re: Reaction to Sunflower Seeds

I agree, that's what happens to me from food allergy, except I also have lip swelling. Luckily, I'm only allergic to a few uncommon types of shellfish, so for me accidental exposures are pretty unlikely.

Sunflower seeds, unfortunately, are used a lot, and accidental exposures will happen now and then no matter how careful you are. Get a blister pack of Benadryl. Put two in your purse and the rest in the cabinet, then you'll be prepared for any accidental sunflower seed run-ins.

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