The symptom first appeared when I had taken my eight year old son to KFC. There was chicken salt on the chips.  48 hours later, he had woken with extremely swollen lips, they had peeled, split and were bleeding. He had obviously been bleeding in his sleep as well.  I freaked at the thought of what could have happened that night.

After the process of "what did we have in the past couple of day”, I narrowed it down to the chicken salt. I warned my family, close friends and even my neighbours of what I believed to be an allergic reaction and purchased the Food Additives booklet from a health food store.

I came across this problem again with Kraft BBQ shapes, we used to eat these all time as a snack instead of lollies etc.  I don't know whether or not they have changed their contents but we now can't eat them. His reaction time was again 48 hours.

However, the next time it happened, his reaction time had reduced to 1 - 2 hours.  He was at a neighbour’s son's birthday party, and I warned the mother of my son’s possible allergic reaction.  The party lasted for roughly 2 hours. When my son came home, I could see his lips growing as he walked towards me. They were blistering on the inside and bleeding. I immediately asked the mother what she had at the party and found that the cheese sticks she had given them had 635 in
it. I immediately gave him some Polaramine Syrup and his Seretide Puffer and drove him straight to the doctors, amazingly the polaramine had seemed to somewhat control the reaction.

The doctor could see his reaction. His fingers also started to pimple and blister. It was then that I was given a referral to a paediatrician. The doctor was also concerned that my son might be suffering from Stevens Johnson Syndrome [a severe adverse skin reaction to drugs].

By this time my head is spinning. I believe that I could lose my son at the drop of a hat due to the powers that be allowing these chemicals into our foods.  – by email