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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:49 pm 

Joined: Sun Feb 12, 2012 2:45 pm
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Hi All,

Glad to be here, I had my first experience with anaphalaxis last month over what I think was sunflower allergy. Trying to find testing and help now.

Any help is appreciated.

Thank you,


PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:22 am 

Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2005 9:38 pm
Posts: 984
Location: Oakville, Ontario
Hi Joe,

Our son has multiple food allergies, including sunflower seeds. You can go through your family doctor to get a referral to an allergist. Depending on where you live, this could take 6 months or more, but once you receive the referral, you could ask to be put on a cancellation list to receive an earlier appointment. In the meantime, your GP can give you a prescription for an Epipen, or you can also buy it over the counter without a prescription for around $100. We have needed to give our son the Epipen 3 times, and it really is a miracle watching his symptoms diminish within 5-10 minutes, so don't hesitate to use it if you need it. After the Epipen, you will still need to go to the hospital so you can be monitored for any further allergic symptoms. We tell our son there is no where else more important to be than at the hospital if you've had an allergic reaction so you don't have a secondary (bi-phasic) reaction which is a possibility. Don't fear it, but be prepared to take action if necessary. We're so fortuante this life-saving medication exists to counter the effects of a life-threatening reaction.

18 yr old daughter: no health issues
16 yr old son: allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, egg, fish, sesame,sunflower,mustard,poppy seeds, peas, carrots, some fruits, instructed to avoid legumes(except soy & green beans),pollen, cats, horses, cold urticaria

PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:32 pm 
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Joined: Mon Feb 07, 2005 6:39 pm
Posts: 2989
Location: Toronto
Hi Joe,

Welcome to the Allergic Living Forum. Anaphylaxis as an adult is a life-changer, for sure.
Some of us here know the movie too well!

You may find some of the articles in AL's "Sesame and Seed Allergies" section helpful. See: ... her-seeds/

More of it deals with sesame and mustard allergies, but a lot of the advice holds for other seed allergies.

Because sunflower isn't considered a "priority allergen", you'll have to be quite careful with processed foods that have terms like "natural flavors" or "hydrogenated protein". It's tedious, but in case of doubt: call the manufacturer to see if the term means sunflower or something else. When there isn't time, maybe prepare a different dinner. Cooking from scratch is true a lifesaver with food allergies.

Best with the adjustment. You'll get there!

Allergic to soy, peanut, shellfish, penicillin

PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:57 pm 

Joined: Wed Jun 17, 2009 9:23 pm
Posts: 129
Hopefully its just sunflower seed and not oil as the oil is very very difficult to avoid (it is often listed as vegetable ' oil and other than phoning the manufacturer there is no way of know where it originates from....its also a very interchangeable oil depending on what is cheapest at the time one time you phone the manufacturer they might be using sunflower...the next batch may have canola as that is the cheapest at the time....
From experience the concentrated products such as 'sunbutter ' are much more highly allergenic than the plain seeds (ie instant anaphylaxis with a tiny taste prior to knowing about the sunflower allergy) has always tested about 25mm for my son where as seeds only score about 4mm.

Good luck

twin boys-
c-eosinophilic oesophagitis
j-avoids peanut, sunflower, pineapple all ana-sensitised to maccadaemia.pecan.Passed barley (previous ana) last year...out grew egg ana and peanut at 3 years..became re sensitised with ana at 6 years to peanut.

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