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By momtotwokidz on Wed, 07-12-06, 02:52

My dd is almost 1 and has eaten apples a couple of times, we were outside today and she had some apple, and in a few minutes her cheeks were red and so was her chin, a reaction? She also had some natural cheetos, and has eaten those a few times without a problem.
Therese

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By bethc on Wed, 07-12-06, 16:06

I'm trying to remember the symptoms of oral allergy syndrome. I think redness on the face can be part of it, but I'd do a search on the boards to see what you can find. Basically, if a person has a pollen allergy, they can react mildly to particular fruits during that pollen season even if they aren't actually allergic to those fruits. I know apples are one of the fruits this can happen with.

Was the apple from a store that sells peanuts in bins nearby? Was it washed and peeled? Or was it cooked apple?

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By multiallergymom on Wed, 07-12-06, 17:26

Can't remember exactly, but do the natural cheetos use peanut oil? Check the label.

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By Jimmy's mom on Wed, 07-12-06, 17:29

I don't have a package here with me, but I know Natural Cheetos does not contain peanut oil. My kids eat them all the time.

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By happycat on Wed, 07-12-06, 19:43

Hi Therese -

My son has oral allergy syndrome and reacts to lots of raw fruits and vegetables. His symptoms are a very, very itchy mouth and sometimes red blotches around his mouth.

His first OAS reaction was to an apple, and I noticed red blotches several times after eating, before he finally complained of an itchy mouth.

He can still eat apples if they are cooked/processed (so juice, apple sauce etc. doesn't bug him).

I do know that one can be allergic to the actual fruit (as opposed to having OAS), and I'm still not sure how the distinction is made between the two, in terms of managing the allergy.

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By falcon on Thu, 07-13-06, 03:47

My son is allergic to apples, many other fruits and veggies. With apples, he started to just get blothcy red around mouth - had been eating apples for years without a problem. He would get blotchy around the mouth sometimes and not others. Then one day he got blotchy and a minute later his face turned purple and had raised white bumps all over, then his eyes started tearing profusely. Symptoms subsided with benadryl. Had him tested and he was positive for apple. Whether it is oral allergy or regular seems irrelevant to me. When I read up on it, I learned that oral allergy responses can also become anaphylactic. We avoid any fruits or veggies that result in this red blotchiness.

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By momtotwokidz on Thu, 07-13-06, 04:18

She is not the one with a PA, my son is, and no, nuts are not nearby the apple bin. I am going to give her apples again, in a few days, and see if it happens again. Then if nothing will try cheetos.
My dh is allergic to kiwi and my son PA, so, one more, ho hum.
My son has really sensitive skin and was really worried that he had a tomoatoe allergy as his face would really turn red, almost purple when he would eat them (fresh, and ripe off the vine), but he tested negative to a skin, blood test, and to a contact in the dr office, we never went back for a food challenge as I figured if he was allergic, it would be all tomatos. Anyway, I will let yoyu know what happens/
Therese

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By happycat on Thu, 07-13-06, 18:30

Quote:Originally posted by falcon:
[b]My son is allergic to apples, many other fruits and veggies. With apples, he started to just get blothcy red around mouth - had been eating apples for years without a problem. He would get blotchy around the mouth sometimes and not others. Then one day he got blotchy and a minute later his face turned purple and had raised white bumps all over, then his eyes started tearing profusely. Symptoms subsided with benadryl. Had him tested and he was positive for apple. Whether it is oral allergy or regular seems irrelevant to me. When I read up on it, I learned that oral allergy responses can also become anaphylactic. We avoid any fruits or veggies that result in this red blotchiness.[/b]

Just wondering, do you completely avoid the fruits/veggies your son is allergic to (like you would do with PN)? Or can he eat them cooked like my DS?

When my son was tested for apple his SPT was negative, but the pollen allergies he was tested for came back hugely positive (even though he doesn't seem to have much problems with seasonal allergies at this point).

Since that point he has complained about many raw fruits and veggies, which don't seem to bother him if they have been cooked. We haven't had him tested for these, just assumed they were OAS since they are on the list his doctor gave us for cross reacting with pollens.

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By Gilli011 on Fri, 07-14-06, 11:55

Hi,
Glad I found this thread...this has nothing to do with my two PA daughters, but is about myself. Three years ago I began reacting to pollen, it lasts for about a month or so, itching eyes, sneezing, awfully irritating. A couple of weeks ago I ate some cheeries and noticed my throat started to itch and swell a small bit. Then yesterday I ate a small piece of peach, my eyes started to itch, swell and the whites turned jelly-like. This lasted for a few hours, couldn't even get my contacts out....so am I understanding this right, pollen allergies and fruit allergies are linked?
Thanks for your info.
Gilli

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By LauraP on Sat, 07-15-06, 16:09

My 12-year-old son has a bona fide apple allergy - unlike oral allergy syndrome, you get the same symptoms on exposure as you do with PA and other true food allergies.

This allergy came on about 2 years ago - he'd been eating apples his whole life with absolutely no problem. I strongly suspect this allergy was caused by his seasonal allergy immunotherapy (which he had an allergic reaction to as well). His main seasonal problem was birch - a known apple cross react. Of course, we stopped the seasonal immunotherapy.

We avoid apples and apple cross contamination, just as we avoid peanuts & possible cross there.

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By LisaM on Sat, 07-15-06, 22:40

If you are allergic to birch pollen and are sensitized to apples because of birch pollen (or immunotherapy to birch pollen), then I believe that the reaction is called Oral Allergy Syndrome regardless of severity. Oral Allergy Syndrome can be anaphylactic. Usually, though, people can eat cooked apples.

[This message has been edited by LisaM (edited July 15, 2006).]

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By JoyceH on Tue, 10-27-09, 10:38

So I have a son who has had "allergic reactions" to apple. I have tried him on several different products with apple in them & he had the same reaction to fresh raw apple (red & green), apple juice or any other cooked or processed apple products. The reaction is he gets huge raised red lumps like welts all over his body after a few doses of anti histamine the red lumps turn into red circlular welts. The weirdiest thing I have found is pineapple juice helps to counteract the reaction to apple. After pumping in over a litre of pineapple juice into him the reaction has completely gone the next day. He has no reaction to any other foods. He has not been medically tested but did see our family pharmicist when he had his first reaction & he said it was an allergic reaction. I just avoid any food with apple in it which is getting harder as they are putting apple in loads of foods now.

So is this an allergic reaction to apple itself?

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By BestAllergySites on Thu, 10-29-09, 18:05

Joyce,

I'm not an allergist-but in my opinion I would say definitely not oral allergy syndrome and probably an allergy to apples.

Typically with oral allergy syndrome and sometimes food allergy in general-the cooked apple would break down the protein and be okay.

Since your son still has reactions to cooked apple and to the extent that he does, I would recommend you see an allergist.

It's great that you are avoiding the food-but you should get an epi pen to have on hand just in case. Full body hives is a serious reaction.

While you might be on to something with the pineapple, I would not rely on that.

Any other questions-feel free to ask. I hope that helps!
Ruth

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