We have had two Thanksgiving meals in the past two days (one at her "school" (church's Kids Day Out program) and one at my husband's office Thanksgiving) and both days got hives on her face after eating Thanksgiving food. I can't figure out what might be causing this and it is driving me insane.
Day 1 she ate (at least one bite of each):
Day 2 she ate:
salad with ranch dressing
deviled eggs (without paprika)
The first day, I thought she was having a skin reaction to the cinnamon in the apple pie she had for dessert, but today, the hives appeared before she even started dessert, so that ruled that out. All of these things are things she's had before. The only thing I can think of is that other people use a different ingredient than we do, or perhaps some of it wasn't homemade and contains loads of preservatives.
So far she has been confirmed sensitive to cow's milk protein, but her ped says cooked milk, yogurt, and certain cheeses should be fine. She didn't have anything with cheese on it to my knowledge.
I am allergic to shellfish. I am also sensitive to nitrates in preserved meats, but that always results in an itchy rash for me, not hives.
I am going to be calling an allergist for testing on Monday, but I'd like to come in with some sort of idea of what we're looking for. The hives really are starting to scare me!
Thanks for any input you can suggest.