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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 5:06 pm 

Joined: Tue Jun 17, 2008 4:33 pm
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Hi..I'm new to this forum. I have a 22 month old son with multiple food allergies, asthma, MRSA and ezcema. His food allergies include peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, coconuts as of now. We also found out the hard way that he's allergic to pet fur when he respiratory arrested after watching my moms dog for a few days.

Anyhow...this past week he had a severe allergic reaction to a lick of Hummus which contained chickpeas and sesame tahini. I'm assuming the reaction was to one of these since there was no other ingredients that was new (may be both ingredients). I'm taking him for more allergy testing in 2 weeks and was wondering what others with sesame have found to be allergic to. I can bring in any food to be tested but was wondering what else is in the same family as sesame that I can have him tested for. I also plan on bringing kiwi, sunflower seeds and of course the hummus he ate. Any suggestions would be much appreciated or a link to a site that would point me in the right direction too. :)

Mom to 4 boys
Jonah 5, Sam 4, Benjamin and Gabriel (twins) 22 months
Gabriel's allergies: Eggs, Peanuts, tree nuts, coconuts, sesame, chickpeas, dog/cat (respiratory arrests from pet fur)

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 7:01 am 
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Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 11:17 pm
Posts: 6616
Location: Ottawa
i'm sure others with sesame allergies will post. Maenwhile, I will just point out the pamphlet put out by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency ... sese.shtml

Other names for sesame seeds
Benne/benne seed/benniseed
Gingelly/gingelly oil
Sesamum indicum
Sim sim
Vegetable oil

Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy and green beans) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: Oral Allergy Syndrome, Allergic to Birch trees

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:53 am 

Joined: Thu Mar 03, 2005 9:38 pm
Posts: 1643
Location: Toronto
The last I heard, Sesame isn't in a family -- it's a stand alone food. For reasons I've never understood, many people with sesame allergy are also allergic to peanuts and/or nuts. Some are also allergic to other seeds, but these are separate allergies, not families.

fyi - chickpeas are related to peanuts and soy.

It is becoming a more common allergy, and it is more often a severe (anaphylactic) allergy. I react very severely even to trace amounts of it.

self: allergy to sesame seeds and peanuts
3 sons each with at least one of the following allergies: peniciilin, sulfa-based antibiotic, latex, insect bites/stings

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:45 pm 

Joined: Sat Apr 01, 2006 11:21 pm
Posts: 78
Location: Connecticut, USA
Are you in the USA or Canada? If Canada then the above link is *great*. It's great if you are in the USA but sesame doesn't have to be declared on labels here and can be listed as 'spice' or 'natural flavor', etc. Basically any time I see something on a label such as 'flavoring' or 'spice' or 'natural flavor', etc that doens'st clearly say what it contains I must call the company to check if it has sesame. And sesame isn't as well known here and my son has had serious reactions to foods that didn't list any sesame or warnings on them but were made on shared equip with sesame and not cleaned in between so I try to call every company anyway to ask about the chances of cross contamination.

Check out other posts below. There is good info here.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2008 12:03 pm 

Joined: Sun Sep 04, 2005 9:19 pm
Posts: 10
Beware of bread crumbs and food made with bread crumbs such as:
Hamburgers, chicken nuggets, or fish sticks, particularly at a restaurant or at someone's house.

People who do not live with this allergy do not reaize that bread crumbs often contain sesame and can be a hidden danger.

My daugher is fine with wheat crumbs which are usullly used in packaged products.

Hope this helps.

Daughter allergic to: Peanuts, Nuts, Sesame and Pumpkin seeds
Myself: allergic to fish and seafood

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2008 7:00 pm 

Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2005 9:38 pm
Posts: 984
Location: Oakville, Ontario
Very good point, Rosie. When we need bread crumbs (which isn't very often), we save our own breadcrumbs from our homemade bread, or we will use crushed Cornflakes.

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

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