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 Post subject: Shea butter/nut
PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:59 am 

Joined: Sun Oct 14, 2007 12:33 pm
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Location: Long Island, NY
I keep reading conflicting articles about Shea nut.

One is that nut allergic people might become allergic to it, so avoid it.

Others say (including on the Q&A section of this site) that there are no documented cases of shea nut allergy.

Meanwhile, this past weekend my daughter reacted to shea butter!

The only ingredient in the prescription hand lotion that she tried that is not in other stuff she uses without a reaction is shea butter.She got very bad hives only on the area the lotion was used, and now is left with a painful, itchy, pimply rash there once the hives went down.

So, does this mean she the very first case of an allergic reaction to this tree nut or what?


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 9:09 am 

Joined: Tue Nov 29, 2005 4:04 pm
Posts: 2044
Location: Gatineau, Quebec
Likely others have reacted as well - it's just not "in the literature" as the doctors like to say.

I would talk to my allergist about it, if it were me. I don't know if there is an extract for shea nut, but you could ask if the allergist thinks it would be a good idea to test your daughter for it to confirm.

In the meantime, I would be avoiding all shea nut butter products. I'm guessing that is what you are doing!


Karen, proud Mom of
- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 6:57 pm 
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Joined: Mon Feb 07, 2005 6:39 pm
Posts: 2987
Location: Toronto
Wendi, Perhaps the question you raise goes back to the often frustrating inconsistency of allergies. It's true that Dr. Watson couldn't find (and he likes his research) examples of reactions to shea among the tree nut allergic, and he hadn't seen it in his own busy practice. But he does qualify, saying: "As with everything, if you are worried or doubtful, avoid the product."

Maybe your daughter had a rare shea nut reaction. Another thought - were there any other suspect main ingredients? I know if you put lanolin on me, I'll have a rash in 5 minutes.

Allergic to soy, peanut, shellfish, penicillin

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