Grape Allergies in Children
Some children have an allergic reaction after eating grapes, but are they really allergic to grapes?
It is possible to have an allergy to grapes, but it is very rare. A few children have allergic reactions to this food because grapes contain a substantial amount of protein.
Although grapes are not considered to be a major source of protein, a serving of grapes contains more than one gram of protein - enough to cause an allergic reaction.
Allergies are caused by proteins in foods
Proteins contained in foods are the reason for allergic reactions, whether you are allergic to grapes or you have a peanut allergy. According to an article published in International Archives of Allergy and Immunology, an allergic person's body reacts to otherwise innocent substances in the body such as proteins. They attack the protein as if it were a foreign substance in the body.
Allergy to grapes may actually be to something else
If a child has food allergies, he or she could be allergic to something on the food, such as pesticides that have been sprayed on the grapes. Mold can also cause an allergic reaction.
Some children are allergic to red grapes, but not to green grapes. Yeast is another cause of allergies, and it grows on the skin of grapes. There is a possibility that your child is allergic to yeast and not to the grapes if he or she has an allergic reaction after eating grapes. Kids can also be allergic to raisins and, when they become adults, they can be allergic wine.
Symptoms of grape allergies
Grape allergies can cause serious reactions, including anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction that needs fast emergency treatment.
If your child experiences a sudden cough, rash, runny or stuffy nose, wheezing, hives, or asthma, these symptoms should not be ignored. Anaphylaxis can begin with some of these symptoms and quickly lead to facial swelling, swelling of the throat, trouble breathing, and low blood pressure. Call 911 immediately if you see your child experiencing any of these symptoms.
Allergy testing is needed if your child has an allergic reaction to grapes
If your child has an allergic reaction to one type of grapes, it is important to notify his or her doctor. Your child should not eat any other type of grapes or raisins until he or she is tested for grape allergies.
Many times children who have an allergic reaction to one type of grapes are also allergic to a different variety of this fruit. Raisins are often an ingredient in cookies and baked goods, so you will need to read food labels carefully to avoid any foods containing grape products.