Well, it’s official. Now that I blog, my family no longer has any reasonable expectation of privacy. Last week, I showed my husband’s face being shaved with a straight razor with before and after photos. He’d pledged to shave his beard if he raised $1,000 for breast cancer research, and of course, I found a way to tie this into my allergy research. If you missed it, you can read that blog post on Shaving, Fundraising, and Allergies here: http://blog.onespotallergy.com/2010/10/fundraising-shaving-and-allergies/
He was out of town with my husband and my in-laws to see a play. They stopped for a snack, and my son had a few bites of some scones plus a mocha. Fifteen minutes later, his entire body was bright red, and some lesions were filled with fluid (like the one on his upper arm). They left the show and went to the drugstore to get Benadryl® before heading home. The rash began to calm down after the Benadryl, and a lukewarm bath with Aveeno® colloidal oatmeal added took away the last of the angry redness.
I’ve ordered mochas for my son and made them for him myself, and I always use coffee or organic decaf coffee instead of espresso. I called the coffee shop and found out the ingredients in the scones and mocha, and my best guess of what caused this is that the mocha was made with espresso: A normal cup of coffee contains about 40 mg of caffeine, while an espresso has 77 mg. I don’t think he’s allergic to caffeine, but I will monitor this very carefully in the future.
Have you had experience with anything like this? If so, I’d really appreciate your input. I’m also curious to know if the rash looks like a food allergic reaction to you. If you click on the photo, it will enlarge. I look forward to reading your comments.
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