Riboflavin Allergy

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   Posted 4/29/2008 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
My son has a food allergy.  Unfortunately we have not yet been able to pin point exactly what food or substance is causing the allergy.  We have identified a few foods that cause his eyes to almost instantaneously become itchy.  The most profound, of these few that we have identified, are "Pepperidge Farms Goldfish Crackers".  I have a hunch, that it could possibly be Riboflavin.  Riboflavin is used to fortify or enrich the flour used, to make the goldfish crackers. 
I've read several pages on the internet about riboflavin, and they have all stated that there has been rare cases of allergic reaction to riboflavin.  Unfortunately I cannot find any real in depth information on these rare cases.  If anyone knows where I could get information on these rare cases of riboflavin allergy, please respond and let me know.  Thank you very much. 

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   Posted 4/29/2008 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
First, I would like to welcome you to Healing Well.  This is a great community where you will find members who are caring, supportive and are a wealth of information.
Second, I am so sorry that your son is going through this; especially since you can't pinpoint what's causing the problem.  May I suggest that you take him to a specialist to have him tested for various food allergies.  This may be the best way to determine what the exact allergy is.  Remember though, depending upon your insurance you may need a referral from your regular GP.
As you probably know, you need to be careful about what you read on the internet.  The internet is a great source of information, but there are also the downfalls of inaccurate information.  The best place to get the correct information will be your doctor(s).  I'm sorry I couldn't be of more help to you, as I know nothing about Riboflavin, but I bet some of the members here do.
I wish you the best of luck and keep posting so that we can get to know you better,

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   Posted 4/30/2008 12:17 AM (GMT -6)   
If he does not react to foods that are naturally high in riboflavin, then it may only be the synthetic version used to fortify certain foods that he is reacting to. And it may be what the riboflavin is derived from (i.e., the original source of the riboflavin) that he is reactive to, or could be a preservative used during processing. Do you know if he has any other food allergies? Also, may be coincidence...i.e., exposure to something else he's allergic to at the same time as when he eats the crackers, such as something in the packaging (a preservative, etc.). I do know that TBHQ is a preservative that some cracker companies use (Keebler, etc.) and I'm allergic to it (I break out in hives) so I know it is possible to be allergic to preservatives or other chemical additives in packaging or in the food itself. If I were you, I'd go to a Naturopathic Physician for help figuring out his allergies, because most allergy physicians don't have a clue when it comes to chemical allergies, and most Naturopaths tend to view the whole person instead of focusing in on just one body system or just one symptom, and thus they tend to be better able to diagnose obscure or unusual health issues more easily. Also, they tend to be more familiar with chemical sensitivities, and may have ways to treat the allergy so he can eat the food without a reaction.

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