Jana - posted on 11/02/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )
My son is allergic to egg, tree nuts, and peanuts, and some medications, though he has never reacted to nuts the few times he has had them. He is fine with eggs as long as they have been cooked/baked (like pasta, etc.) but he can't have things that contain eggs that have not been cooked (icing, candies, some types of ice creams). We also suspect some environmental allergies but have not confirmed this. While eating dinner (we had chicken baked in plain yogurt with crumpled up french's french fried onions--you would usually use egg to bind the onions to the chicken but we used plain yogurt instead). He has eaten chicken hundreds of times and eats yogurt often. I don't think he had ever eaten the french fried onions, but I can't imagine what was in them that would make him have a reaction. He started coughing but was acting fine otherwise, playing, but still coughing. After he settled down and was about to go to bed, we noticed (after he was sitting still) that he was wheezing. He wasn't in any distress breathing, and generally when he does eat something with egg, he will tell us "his throat feels funny" and then his typical reaction to egg is to vomit immediately after eating it, so we've never dealt with the traditional reaction of hives, wheezing etc. He also complained that his legs were itchy.
I gave him some benadryl and that seemed to settle him down and he went to sleep (when he went to sleep he was quietly wheezing but not coughing anymore). This morning he was fine. Has anyone ever run across anything like this? Could this be a reaction to something new, or could him coughing have caused him to start wheezing?
The coughing seemed to come out of nowhere--we thought he had either gotten something stuck in his throat or that he was exagerrating, but he's never wheezed before....I've got a call out to his doctor and am waiting to hear back to see what they say. The nurse said he may need to go for additional allergy testing...