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Thu May 31, 2007 2:58 am

I had the dumbest allergic reaction today at work. :oops: I *think* it was blue cake frosting that did it, but not sure. I had a piece of someone's birthday cake. It was a Pirates of Carribean design with two-tone blue frosting to make it look like ocean waves and there was a touch of orange frosting on that piece. I've had cakes from that grocery store before as I work with hundreds of people and we have a LOT of birthday cakes there. Cake batter was a swirled chocolate and white cake mix and frosting was white whipped cream all of which I've had many times before. Over top of the whipped cream was gobious amounts of blue icing....the only thing remotely different about this cake.

I went into itching fits and got a rash, including itching inside mouth. I have severe latex and banana allergy, but I always have swelling & trouble breathing with those. So I don't think the cake was contaminated via latex glove or banana. Thing is I have never heard of blue dye allergy, only red or yellow. And I've most certainly had blue dyes before as old as I am. Unless this was some special ingredient in the blue frosting. I should probably add the blue dye was particularly strong as it stained my finger and fingernail blue and would not wash off.

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PS: I'm having a Benedryl party tonight at my place. BYOB



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Thu May 31, 2007 8:34 am

I avoid Colourings I know both Green and Blue colours especially E142 give me a most unpleasant bout of depression.



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Thu May 31, 2007 8:51 am

Looking online but found nothing for sure I did find this link of a book:

http://www.chipublib.org/001hwlc/litlis ... anfic.html (lesbian fiction :) )

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Thu May 31, 2007 10:00 am

it could be the dye or anything in the cake that reacted you. There have been instances of people breathing in allergens without even touching them causing reactions. I'd avoid those blue cakes from now on...



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Thu May 31, 2007 10:38 am

WW, that cake gave you the blues! I hope all is well this morning.


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Thu May 31, 2007 11:25 am

If I would guess anything I would say the blue coloring. Especially if the decorations where a darker shade of blue. The decorating bags are generally plastic or canvas, but not latex that I know of.

I used to decorate cakes in a bakery a long time ago...customers loved the dark blue, deep red, or even black colorings...you don't EVEN want to know how much coloring it takes to get those shades...black & red being the worst, but the deeper blue comes in a close second.

I scrape those colors off first thing if I happen to be somewhere and I'm offered a piece of store-bought cake decorated like that...the red has even made my tongue blister.


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Thu May 31, 2007 11:28 am

If it had a scene painted on it...they usually airbrush the scene with the coloring...so it's pretty concentrated.


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Thu May 31, 2007 11:28 am

TheMachine1 wrote:
Looking online but found nothing for sure I did find this link of a book:

http://www.chipublib.org/001hwlc/litlis ... anfic.html (lesbian fiction :) )

Leslie Adams
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I'm not sure what that has to do with my having an allergic reaction Machine.



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Thu May 31, 2007 11:29 am

hmmm, I personally have never known anyone to be allergic to blue food colouring, my advice would be to go see a doctor and see what they say about it


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Thu May 31, 2007 11:30 am

I had a rebound reaction last night so took more antihistamine. This morning woke up with a Benedryl hangover and am still itching.

But that cake really tasted good.



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Thu May 31, 2007 11:33 am

Ticker wrote:
I had a rebound reaction last night so took more antihistamine. This morning woke up with a Benedryl hangover and am still itching.

But that cake really tasted good.
Best get to a doctor then if you had a rebound reaction


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Thu May 31, 2007 11:50 am

http://nac.allergyforum.com/additives/colors100-181.htm

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E132 Indigo carmine blue color, people with allergies should avoid it. May cause nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, skin rashes, breathing problems and other allergic reactions. Typical products are confectionary, biscuits


Blues not a common food coloring I think most people would eat.

http://www.lactose.co.uk/milkallergy/fo ... es100.html

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Indigotine, Indigo carmine
FD&C Blue No.2, commonly added to tablets and capsules; also used in ice cream, sweets, baked goods, confectionary, biscuits, synthetic coal tar derivative; may cause nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, skin rashes, breathing problems and other allergic reactions. Banned in Norway


Blue no 1 is in household food coloring but that was a store cake you ate.

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Brilliant blue FCF
FD&C Blue Dye No.1; used in dairy products, sweets and drinks, synthetic usually occurring as aluminium lake (solution) or ammonium salt; banned in Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Norway


You could do some detective work and see what the precise product the store bakery used was. Then contact the manufactor on the precise color used and then obtain a sample from another source of the pure dye and do a small skin test of it.



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Thu May 31, 2007 12:06 pm

Hey BeenThere since you're a cake decorating expert do you know if a decorator at the store would commonly know which kind of blue dye they used? Like the name/numbers Machine listed?

I can't say for sure if it was airbrushed since most of the cake was consumed before I got a look at it. They did appear to use a butter knife to create the swirls for the ocean waves, but I 'spose they could have airbrushed underneath that. It was done very artfully. However beware of Pirates of Carribean cakes they could be deadly.

Will have to consult my allergist on this one. If nothing else its a forewarning to him if anyone comes in with a weird new reaction that it could be the new Pirates birthday cake.



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Thu May 31, 2007 12:29 pm

The decorator should have access to the bottle, which should tell you or enable you to look it up.

It's comes in a powder, concentrated liquid or a paste form...most bakeries use the liquid or the paste for the bold colors.


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