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Post Icon Posted: Aug 11th, 2009 at 06:56 pm

My allergist told me today that sunflower allergies were nonexist in his practice 10 years ago. Last year, he was identifying a sunflower allergy every 1-2 months. This year, he is up to a new sunflower allergy every 2 weeks! WHAT is happening?? Will the increase move us towards better labeling of sunflower in foods?? One can only hope!! Smiley

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Post Icon Posted: Aug 11th, 2009 at 07:09 pm

I don't understand it and some manufacturing companies are switching to sunflower oil to be healthier. Seed allergies are increasing and I hope they will label better in the future. Maybe if we keep calling companies they will eventually see that there is a need to label.

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Me - PA/TNA/Shellfish & too many MFA including carrots, some legumes, blueberries, banana, arugula, some cheeses like swiss, romano, all melons (also highly allergic to mold,grass,trees,ragweed)

DS - is PA/TNA and sesame/poppy/sunflower allergy & legume allergy. New allergies: soybeans & coconut as of Jan 2010
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Post Icon Posted: Aug 11th, 2009 at 09:20 pm

We have found problems with labeling with this listed as an ingredient- 'canola or sunflower oil'-it depends which is in season and/or cheapest for them to use.
sunflower is begining to replace soy as lecithin as a 'healthier' alternative.
Its very frustrating.
My son was the first child they have seen at the royal childrens hosp melb (major childrens hospital) who has had anaphylaxis to it-but like its been said before it really is emerging as a 'new' player.

cheers caz
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j-outgrew egg allergy(ana) at 3 1/2 yrs-no food allergies till 6 1/2 yrs-ana to barley and sunflower, allergic rye grain,dustmites, grasses asthmat eczema etc-now ongoing lip swelling for the last 2 months ?peanut?sesame?(def) soy ?anchovie-retest (spt) next week
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j-Out grew egg anaphylaxis at 3 1/2yrs-no food allergies until 6 1/2 yrs then anaphylaxis to barley, sunflower and peanut, allergic grasses, dustmites etc sensitised pecan and macadamia ?oas ?idiopathic angioedema-failed sunflower oil challenge-new severe pineapple-brief tongue swelling + lips/nasal/occular-spt+ve
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Post Icon Posted: Aug 12th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

OH- I hadn't heard anything regarding canola oil and potential mislabeling!! Tell me more! I use Wesson 100% Canola oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I avoid all other oils as recommended by my allergist. If canola is not a safe choice, I'd like to know! I have had a severe anx reaction to sunflower and have now developed an airborne issue with it too (Walmart frying foods, movie theaters, candles and food in my car). My allergist told me I am his most serious sunflower case although it is becoming more frequent. What baffles me is why am I getting MORE sensitive when I am avoiding it??

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Post Icon Posted: Aug 13th, 2009 at 04:59 pm

Sometimes with each exposure or accidental ingestion the reaction may get worse each time. I notice it with my peanut/nut/shellfish allergies.
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Me - PA/TNA/Shellfish & too many MFA including carrots, some legumes, blueberries, banana, arugula, some cheeses like swiss, romano, all melons (also highly allergic to mold,grass,trees,ragweed)

DS - is PA/TNA and sesame/poppy/sunflower allergy & legume allergy. New allergies: soybeans & coconut as of Jan 2010
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Post Icon Posted: Aug 14th, 2009 at 02:04 pm

Mine was the first sunflower allergy my allergist had encountered, which surprised me.

I think the ubiquity of sunflower oil has to be a factor, especially in PNA folks who are likely to eat foods with higher concentrations of sunflower seeds and oil (i.e. sunbutter, some soynut butters)...
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Post Icon Posted: Oct 25th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

THis is particularly scary to me, as so many "allergy free" foods contain sunbutter. The Enjoy Life snack bars, I think, all have sunbutter.

My dd's allergist warned me months ago to stay away from sunflower seeds, and sunflower butter (along w/ poppy seeds) since my dd is allergic to sesame. But, "On the Nature of Food Allergy", a book I constantly refer to, says that sunflower allergy is very rare. Once I explained to the allergist that dd tolerated sunflower seed/butter, he gave us the green light.

Boy, I had no idea sun flower seeds was an emerging allergen. It's very scary! Should I be nervous to give her sunflower seed/butter/oil for fear she may develop a new allergy?!!
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I do all I can to protect my 4 year old daughter (anaphylaxis to sesame, eggs, and peanuts).
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Post Icon Posted: Oct 26th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

I've been saying for the last two years that sunflower allergy will be the new peanut allergy. Smiley

And that's exactly due to what Ra3chel said: it's everywhere now.
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Post Icon Posted: Oct 26th, 2009 at 04:15 pm

Oct 25th, 2009 at 11:09 pm, lovemygirls wrote:
THis is particularly scary to me, as so many "allergy free" foods contain sunbutter.


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One of many reasons I hate the label "allergy-free": I'm allergic to several of the most common substitutes for top-eight allergens.
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Post Icon Posted: Nov 1st, 2009 at 06:35 am

Maria--if you buy a product that is called "100% Canola oil" I believe you'll be safe. I think the issue is with labeling on packaged products (potato chips, cookies, etc.) that use whichever oil is the cheapest at the time of manufacturing.

I'm currently living in Britain and the British are even more in love with the sunflower than Americans seem to be now. Sunflower oil is used everywhere--"Tuna in 100% sunflower oil!" "Our fryers use 100% sunflower oil!"--and the marketing of it is relentlessly cheerful. While technically the highly-processed oil should be free of protein, it makes me incredibly nervous to knowingly eat something that contains it.

It can't be an accident that the incidence is rising as sunflower is more increasingly used in processed food--the current "top 8" allergens read as a list of foods most commonly consumed by Americans. The limited research that has been done on sunflower allergy has returned that serious reactions comprise a higher percentage of total reactions in the sunflower allergic than in the peanut allergic. I do question the accuracy of these figures, namely because--due to lack of publicity about the allergen--a mild sunflower reaction is more likely to go unreported than a mild peanut reaction. But I think that even with this potential confound, the study certainly demonstrates that sunflower allergy should not be dismissed as a "lesser" allergy.
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Post Icon Posted: Apr 21st, 2011 at 12:28 am

I have been allergic to the intire sunflower (seeds ,oil ,plant ) since I was very small people would think I'm crazy cause I have to check food and soaps as well because it was un heard of then and even now not a very common allergy it would be nice to have it an allergy lable on these items
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Post Icon Posted: Jun 3rd, 2011 at 06:57 am

Nov 1st, 2009 at 06:35 am, [ Guest ] wrote:

The limited research that has been done on sunflower allergy has returned that serious reactions comprise a higher percentage of total reactions in the sunflower allergic than in the peanut allergic. I do question the accuracy of these figures, namely because--due to lack of publicity about the allergen--a mild sunflower reaction is more likely to go unreported than a mild peanut reaction. But I think that even with this potential confound, the study certainly demonstrates that sunflower allergy should not be dismissed as a "lesser" allergy.


When Joel was first diagnosed there were only 30 'documented' cases of anaphylaxis to sunflower-we always think of him as number 31 now. Im sure there are many more now. It was a very frightening. quick-straight to the throat- reaction with only a tiny tiny taste of sunflower paste (that ironically we were substituting for peanut butter at the time as we thought that was what he was reacting to.

Interesting to see that since he has not been having any sunflower oil (he failed an inpatient food challenge to that) his spt has gone from 17mm to 5 mm in 6 months-previously it had always been sitting really high in the 15-17mm mark (>3mm is considered a significant reaction here).
Its probably our hardest allergy to deal with as it really is everywhere
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j-Out grew egg anaphylaxis at 3 1/2yrs-no food allergies until 6 1/2 yrs then anaphylaxis to barley, sunflower and peanut, allergic grasses, dustmites etc sensitised pecan and macadamia ?oas ?idiopathic angioedema-failed sunflower oil challenge-new severe pineapple-brief tongue swelling + lips/nasal/occular-spt+ve
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Post Icon Posted: Jun 3rd, 2011 at 05:15 pm

My son was just in the ER this week after eating a cracker with Sunbutter. He has had it in the past (a few years back and did not react) and he occasionally eats Sunflower seeds. The whole episode was so scary- stomach cramps, eyelid swelling and itching, and then vomiting. Allergy doc says we will do more testing in a few weeks, but for now, stay away from sunflower. Sadly, I just went to make him rice krispie treats and the safe butter I use for him as sunflower lecithin in it. Anyone know of any other alternatives? He is dairy, egg, and nut allergic. I'm so sad for him right now!
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