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Friendly Reminder: Always Check Labels page 1

Posted: Feb 21st, 2008 at 08:02 am

Just wanted to put out a friendly reminder, especially since we have many new members, to check the label for allergens on products you purchase each and every time as product labels can and do change frequently.

Smiley

snide
Member


Posted: Feb 21st, 2008 at 01:50 pm

This is a timely reminder, I just discovered this morning that two brands of Easter chocolate that I have purchased in the past now have PN warnings. The Regal one is easy to miss, see the thread I started here:

http://allergy.hyperboards.com/index.php?action=view_topic&topic_id=3077

Teenagers, now I know why some animals eat their young.

Cheers,

Cynde
CANADIAN, EH




McCobbre
Moderator


Posted: Feb 23rd, 2008 at 10:58 am

Every label. Every time. Read it three times.

"Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic. They are potent forms of enchantment, rich with the power to hurt or heal."~Albus Dumbledore



Me: shellfish, chamomile, sesame and a few odds & ends
DS: peanuts
CMdeux
Moderator1


Posted: Feb 23rd, 2008 at 11:41 am

And pleeeeeease check labels for yourself-- there are often REGIONAL differences in manufacturing conditions.



Every label. Every time you shop. Every time you put away. Every time you cook. Smiley










USA
candyguru
Member


Posted: Feb 23rd, 2008 at 12:26 pm

yes..

The CADBURY MINI-EGGS are safe. And delicious.

But this year there is a new product called CADBURY MICRO MINI-EGGS .. which may contain peanuts

So make sure to read the label... regular mini-eggs are safe as always, but the MICRO mini-eggs may contain peanuts.

always read labels

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Canada

3 year old (daughter) with pollen, wheat, eggs, lentil & peanut allergy (avoiding legumes)

baby (daughter) with cow milk allergy

myself - lifetime peanut allergy & ragweed allergy
pluckymama
Member


Posted: Feb 24th, 2008 at 03:27 pm

And even on scotch mints that your MIL starts handing out during church saying "oh these wont have peanuts" because they do...but she'll still hand them out because she's psycho like that. Anyone have atavan? I need some.

DS 1 - peanuts
DS 2 - kiwi

Posted: Feb 26th, 2008 at 10:26 am

Smiley Here's something I am doing to help keep track of it all.

*Keep a separate recipe box with companies allergy info and dates/details from when you speak with them.

Periodically call and see if any info has changed.

This is a great way to keep track of reliability, accuracy, and when you've called them last.

Smiley

mamacoquito
Member


Posted: Mar 28th, 2008 at 09:35 pm

Very true. But do not forget to read labels on beauty products and toys (e.g. playdough). Many body creams contain milk protein (e.g. some Aveeno creams)or almond oil for example.
And even medication maybe a hidden source of certain allergens (e.g.Advair ventodiks contain milk protein!!!Go figure Smiley )

Good reading Smiley

Me pen., probably molds, asthma, mild eczema
DH pen., cats, pollen, asthma
DS, already 3!, cow protein, eggs, tn, pn, flax, garlic
Montreal, CANADA
GingerPye
Moderator


Posted: Mar 30th, 2008 at 10:42 pm

The pharmacist always looks at me like I am crazy, but somewhere I read that some antibiotics have milk derivatives as an ingredient. So I always ask when picking one up at the pharmacy.

It seems like more and more lotions are coming out with milk in them.

Smiley

And don't get me started about soy.

DD, 15 - MA/EA/PA/env./eczema
DS, 12 - MA/EA/PA/env./asthma
DH - adult-onset asthma
me - env. allergies, exhaustion, & mental collapse

Jennifer66
Member


Posted: Mar 31st, 2008 at 03:24 am

Mar 30th, 2008 at 10:42 pm, GingerPye wrote:
The pharmacist always looks at me like I am crazy, but somewhere I read that some antibiotics have milk derivatives as an ingredient. So I always ask when picking one up at the pharmacy.



Oh yes, I know that look! Some pharmacists have gotten downright snippy with me, standing at their counter reading label after label. We've been trying to find DS a daily antihistamine tablet without milk derivatives. They are rarer than hen's teeth here. You would think that a med for allergy wouldn't contain a top allergen, wouldn't you?

*****

I bought an eco-friendly dishwashing liquid (Ecover), and then noticed "milk protein" in the ingredients list.

In our supermarket over the last 6 weeks, I have had no less than 10 or 12 food items that I would usually buy suddenly have their labels changed to include a warning, so now they are off limits. So even if you buy a product every day of the week, please check the label everytime!

Jen
U.K.
DS1 - 15 yo - PA, MA, EA, penicillin, asthma.
DS2 - 10 yo, NKA
joanna5
Member


Posted: Apr 1st, 2008 at 09:44 pm

Yes, we've had issues with milk derivatives in meds. Some Prilosec capusles use milk derivatives, as do some generic zithromax antibiotics. Oh, and Advair, as someone else mentioned. I'm lucky, at least, that our pharmacist saves all of the inserts and highlights the inactive ingredients for me. Smiley

DS- 10/30/04- ana. to milk and mustard; allergic to eggs, peanuts, treenuts; asthma; IgA deficient

DD- 9/27/06- nka
GingerPye
Moderator


Posted: Apr 1st, 2008 at 09:50 pm

Okay, now I'm worried. We have had generic Zithromax in the past. And, my kids are both on an antihistamine tablet -- Hydroxyzine. What is in it that I should know about?

The pharmacist has gotten snippy with me, too, complete with eye-rolling. He said, "Milk, why would there be milk in it?!" Grrrr.

DD, 15 - MA/EA/PA/env./eczema
DS, 12 - MA/EA/PA/env./asthma
DH - adult-onset asthma
me - env. allergies, exhaustion, & mental collapse

jw
Member


Posted: Apr 1st, 2008 at 11:20 pm

Here's a link to some milk and medication info from another thread:
http://allergy.hyperboards.com/index.php?action=view_topic&topic_id=3173&post_id=56579#56579

maeve
Member


Posted: Feb 6th, 2009 at 02:25 pm

Feb 23rd, 2008 at 10:58 am, McCobbre wrote:
Every label. Every time. Read it three times.


And try not to read it with a 7-year-old and DH trying to talk to you at the same time. Smiley (While it's nice to sometimes have the company and help when grocery shopping, it really does make the trip longer if I have to stop what I was doing and start over. Smiley )

I've been lucky with pharmacists. One a couple of years ago when dropping of a prescription for DD asked about allergies to medications and I said “no just to foods” and told him which ones. He said that there are some medications that contain peanut oil. We were still less than a year into our PA journey and that had not crossed my mind at the time.

Last Edited by maeve Feb 6th, 2009 at 02:30 pm

"Oh, I'm such an unholy mess of a girl."

Virginia, US
DD: eggs, peanuts, tree nuts; OAS to cantaloupe and cucumber
KSLaru
Member


Posted: Feb 6th, 2009 at 02:50 pm

So, I shouldn't be surprised, but really? Peanut oil in meds?! Does anyone have any examples? I've never asked; bad assumption on my part. Here I think I've got it all down, but since I'd never heard of any before, I just didn't think to ask. We've never had problems, fortunately.

DD #1 PA, avoid TN
DD #2 NKA
cristym
Member


Posted: Feb 6th, 2009 at 06:10 pm

I believe that some forms of progesterone have peanut oil in them.

This would be more of a problem for Women who are trying to conceive then for children.

CristyM
Pennsylvania
DS 4th grade PA, Tree Nut, Avocado, OAS, seasonal allergies.
DD PreK PA, and seasonal allergies
DD PreK seasonal allergies, reflux
Juliebove
Member


Posted: Feb 6th, 2009 at 08:03 pm

There's an ear drop with peanut oil in it. I can't remember the name now but I posted about it a week or so ago in the section about things where you wouldn't expect peanut to be.

IgG, me: Eggs, oysters. OAS: Almonds, pistachios

IgG, daughter: Wheat, spelt, peas, lentils, peanuts, almonds
maeve
Member


Posted: Feb 6th, 2009 at 11:56 pm

I think some pre-natal vitamins might have peanut oil too. I really haven't investigated which ones have peanut oil. I just make sure I let the pharmacy know about all of DD's allergies.

"Oh, I'm such an unholy mess of a girl."

Virginia, US
DD: eggs, peanuts, tree nuts; OAS to cantaloupe and cucumber
mommyto3
New Member


Posted: Mar 17th, 2009 at 12:09 am

Our Sara Lee Heart HEalthy Whole Wheat Bread just added a milk product to the bread that we eat on a daily basis - so glad I followed my own advice and double check the labels before I open and serve any food in the house

mom to
8yrDS PA,EA,MA also allergic to mustard, garlic, latex, and enviromental allergies
5yrDS NKA
2yrDS NKA
[ Guest ]allergygirl
Posted: Jul 27th, 2009 at 03:12 pm

I have had a lot of trouble with the pharmacy too, I'm allergic to wheat and soy and they are in several medications. What I have discovered is that most meds have the inactive and active ingredients listed somewhere on the packet of info that comes with the medication (you really have to look hard in all that tiny font to find it, but it is usually there), so I ask the pharmacist if I can read it each time, he usually makes a HUGE deal about it, but each time I remind him it is do or die, like was said before. We have to be willing to stand up to the pharmaidiots out there.

Susan
Member


Posted: Jul 27th, 2009 at 03:50 pm

Jul 27th, 2009 at 03:12 pm, Guest wrote:
I have had a lot of trouble with the pharmacy too, I'm allergic to wheat and soy and they are in several medications. What I have discovered is that most meds have the inactive and active ingredients listed somewhere on the packet of info that comes with the medication (you really have to look hard in all that tiny font to find it, but it is usually there), so I ask the pharmacist if I can read it each time, he usually makes a HUGE deal about it, but each time I remind him it is do or die, like was said before. We have to be willing to stand up to the pharmaidiots out there.


Yeah, and it's on the sheet onthe inside of the package! Smiley

One of my (many) pet peeves! Smiley

CANADA
Me-allergic to birch pollen and slight Oral Allergy Syndrome
Dh-nothing
dd-allergic to egg,milk, peanut, tree nuts, most legumes, penicillin, well controlled asthma
pet cat-allergic to beef, pork and lamb

Posted: Sep 25th, 2009 at 08:04 am

Nitro Glycerine has peanut oil in it.

PeanutMilitia
Member


Posted: Sep 25th, 2009 at 09:17 am

OK, you totally intrigued me with the Nitro comment--and probably put me on several watch lists with the search I just did Smiley Smiley

http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Nitro+glycerin

I won't post another place that gave amounts of ingredients. They (Ironically a branch of the Chicago historical society mafia section) gave 'oil' as a stabilizer--it did not say peanut, but I guess it could be--at the point it is activated, really a non-issue. Also don't see anyone in our family handling any not just added for the government guy now reading my posts-see above comment. Smiley

Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted.

I am not a lawyer or a doctor. Trying not to play one on this board, but would love to play one on T.V.
PennMom
Member


Posted: Apr 9th, 2010 at 09:28 am

One of the "eye health" vitamins- I think its "occuvite" or something similar- sold over the counter- has peanut oil listed in the ingredients.

mamacoquito
Member


Posted: Apr 3rd, 2008 at 12:08 pm

Apr 1st, 2008 at 09:50 pm, GingerPye wrote:
Okay, now I'm worried. We have had generic Zithromax in the past. And, my kids are both on an antihistamine tablet -- Hydroxyzine. What is in it that I should know about?

The pharmacist has gotten snippy with me, too, complete with eye-rolling. He said, "Milk, why would there be milk in it?!" Grrrr.


He should know of all people!!! I don't really know exactly why, but there must be some kind of chemical property that makes milk protein appropriete for that use. I know Biaxin is OK bc my pharmacist called the company. I could ask about zithromax, which my son has had before but I did not think to ask then.

Last Edited by mamacoquito Apr 3rd, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Me pen., probably molds, asthma, mild eczema
DH pen., cats, pollen, asthma
DS, already 3!, cow protein, eggs, tn, pn, flax, garlic
Montreal, CANADA
Susan
Member


Posted: Dec 3rd, 2008 at 08:13 am

"The pharmacist has gotten snippy with me, too, complete with eye-rolling. He said, "Milk, why would there be milk in it?!" Grrrr."

What's that old saying? Ours is not to wonder why. Ours is but to do or...die. Smiley

Truer words have not been spoken!

CANADA
Me-allergic to birch pollen and slight Oral Allergy Syndrome
Dh-nothing
dd-allergic to egg,milk, peanut, tree nuts, most legumes, penicillin, well controlled asthma
pet cat-allergic to beef, pork and lamb