Denise, who suffered from a severe milk allergy, recently received a prescription toothpaste that unknowingly contained a protein derived from milk. California Girl's parents examined the food labels for milk and other potential allergens, but did not Do the toothpaste that caused a fatal allergic reaction that did not respond to an epinephrine pen or inhalers, Altamirano said ,
CNN has contacted the family to confirm the report, but had not heard anything at the time this story was published.
Since her death this month, Denise's story has been shared thousands of times in social media, and a GoFundMe page set up by her uncle surpassed the original $ 1
As parents of children with food allergies learn about the story of Denise, David Stukus, a child allergic and associate professor at the Nationwide Children's Hospital, notes that the sequence of events described by Denise's mother is extremely rare.
"This is the first time I have heard such a thing remotely," said Stukus, who has been a child allergic for 13 years.
"There are food proteins in many different drugs and nonfood products," said. "But on the whole, eating and eating are nowhere near enough to trigger a reaction in the vast majority of people with food allergies."
The specific toothpaste involved in Denise & # 39; s case is also not widely used According to her mother, she was prescribed by her dentist.
Common products that are already in the home are unlikely to pose a problem when children have used and tolerated them, Stukus said.
The case of Denise is a rarity, he said. Such rare deaths may serve as cautious reminder that food allergies can be severe and require clear communication between caregivers, careful study of food labels, and the availability of adrenaline at all times.
However, Stukus added some perspectives: People with food allergies have a greater chance of being hit by lightning than of dying from an allergic reaction to food, he said.
"We do not want to trivialize this because we want people to be careful, but we also do not want them to be afraid to leave their home."
Almost all deaths due to an allergic reaction to food occur because the child or young adult had an underlying condition such as asthma, which made the response more severe, and there was almost no or no delay in administering adrenaline. he said.
"We do not have the details of this case to truly understand what happened, but we know that this tragic case should not be immediately applied to every single person with food allergy," Stukus said.