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Reaction to an apple?

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By livsmom on Wed, 07-13-05, 15:32

My 2 1/2 year old DD has PA and EA. She just had an allergic reaction after eating an apple - hives in the corners of her mouth where the apple touched. Feel like every week we get an allergy added to our list. First week PA, second week EA, this is the third, possible apples. What's next?

Anyone have children allergic to apples? Just confused because she eats lots of things with apples in it or flavored with apples, juices, fruit snacks, apple sauce, etc....Our allergist said it could have been the pesticide, although I removed the skin. He said it could be where it was grown or the type of apple. It was a Gala apple from Washington State. Our allergist told us to try a different apple and see what happens. If it happens again, she is allergic, if not, it was probably the type. Too scared to try again right now. Any thoughts or comments? Thanks.

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Kym
Mom of 2 1/2 year old daughter with peanut and egg allergies

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By rebekahc on Wed, 07-13-05, 15:42

Do some research on oral allergy syndrome - sounds as if that might be the culprit. I've read with OAS to apples often the only reaction is when eating an apple with the skin on. My DS has OAS to banana - his throat/mouth itches. His allergist did say that although not an allergy his airway could swell and to avoid bananas as if he were allergic. If your DD has OAS, but only reacts to fresh apples or skin-on or whatever, then I would just avoid that form. Also, sometimes pollen affects whether the OAS happens. For example, some people can't eat melon during ragweed season but are okay other times.

Hope this helps...
Rebekah

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By KarenT on Wed, 07-13-05, 16:12

Where did you purchase the apple? Sometimes at my grocery store the apples are right beside the peanuts. Any chance of cross contamination?

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By livsmom on Wed, 07-13-05, 16:15

I don't think so. The apples were in a sealed plastic bag (does that help?) and while shopping just yesterday I looked everywhere for baskets of peanuts and didn't see any anywhere and do not recall ever seeing them. Plus, I washed the apple and cut the skins. Had they been contaminated with peanut shells or dust, would the steps I took remove them safely? Thanks for your input.

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By on Wed, 07-13-05, 16:32

I agree with Rebekah C. Sounds like OAS. If she eats applesauce, cooked apples, etc. Then this sounds like the problem and as Rebekah stated reactions are worse during pollenation. This was my first thought as well, just couldn't put it into words as nicely as Rebekah!

Good luck and have a blessed day,
Bridget

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By NutsBugMe on Wed, 07-13-05, 19:15

I had an allergic reaction to a granny apple a long time ago (I was either in my late teens or early 20's). I have never tried to eat another one. I do, however, enjoy macintosh apples (peeled, I hate skins). And I also eat macintosh apple sauce.

I am paranoid though to this day. So whenever I eat a new apple, I rub it on my lip first. If nothing happens, I take a tiny bite, and if nothing happens - I chow down! With a new jar of applesauce I pretty much do the same - small taste, wait a minute, then proceed with caution! After the initial "allergy test" I'm perfectly comfortable with the rest of the jar. Needless to say, I like BIG jars of food!

Best wishes,

Terri in the USA
Severe allergy to peanuts/walnuts/fish (avoid all nuts)

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By Jimmy's mom on Wed, 07-13-05, 19:44

My SIL is allergic to apples and pears. She can eat them cooked, but cannot eat them raw, and even has to wear to gloves when cutting them or she has a reaction. She said her allergist said that anything that the pollen causes allergies, so would the fruit.

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By happycat on Wed, 07-13-05, 22:12

Livsmom -

My son has OAS and reacts to apples. Similar reaction to what you described - hivey blotches around his mouth, along with an itchy mouth. Oddly enough it is Gala apples he reacts most strongly to. With OAS peeling the fruit sometimes helps (I guess most of the allergen causing components are close to the skin), as does cooking or processing the food (my son still eats applesauce, juice etc.).

I'm not sure how an allergist differentiates between OAS and a true fruit allergy though. If it were myself, I would want to rule out an actual allergy to the fruit before I went ahead and assumed oral allergy syndrome, because I'm not sure how this makes a difference with avoidance etc. (with OAS strict avoidance is not necessary - not sure if the same can be said for an actual fruit allergy - actually not even sure if there is any difference at all in how you would manage OAS as opposed to a fruit allergy).

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By happycat on Wed, 07-13-05, 22:19

Livsmom -

My son has OAS and reacts to apples. Similar reaction to what you described - hivey blotches around his mouth, along with an itchy mouth. Oddly enough it is Gala apples he reacts most strongly to. With OAS peeling the fruit sometimes helps (I guess most of the allergen causing components are close to the skin), as does cooking or processing the food (my son still eats applesauce, juice etc.).

I'm not sure how an allergist differentiates between OAS and a true fruit allergy though. If it were myself, I would want to rule out an actual allergy to the fruit before I went ahead and assumed oral allergy syndrome, because I'm not sure how this makes a difference with avoidance etc. (with OAS strict avoidance is not necessary - not sure if the same can be said for an actual fruit allergy - actually not even sure if there is any difference at all in how you would manage OAS as opposed to a fruit allergy).

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By falcon on Sun, 07-17-05, 13:04

My son drank apple juice, ate apples, and applesauce almost every day of his first 5 years! Then he started getting a little redness around his mouth on occasion after eating a peeled apple. Also started opting to not drink apple juice so much. This was in the winter. Then he ate an apple in early spring, developed a little redness around his mouth and a minute later his face turned purplish from chin to below his eyes and the skin had pointy bumps all over his cheeks and chin. By the time I got the benadryl he had rubbed his eyes, which promptly started tearing profusely! The benadryl worked immediately and he was fine. I had him blood tested for apple and he tested positive. The next day, my husband gave him some applesauce - he wasn't there for the reaction and forgot that I said no more apples. He did not react to the applesauce. From what I have been told, some kinds of apples may cause reactions in some folks, while others don't. And cooking or processing apples denatures the allergen, unlike with peanuts. So some folks can tolerate the apple in other forms. I still avoid applesauce, etc. But sometimes he has fruit roll ups that have apple concentrate or juice in them and it has not posed a problem.

[This message has been edited by falcon (edited July 17, 2005).]

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By livsmom on Sun, 07-17-05, 14:16

Thank you for your comments.

So if you were me, would you avoid just peeled apples or just the brand that caused it. Been too scared to try again but have not eliminated certain juices and snacks with apple concentrates. Just curious. Based on this info., would apple pie be safe? I think I may have her tested if we do RAST soon.

Thanks again!

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Kym
Mom of 2 1/2 year old daughter with peanut and egg allergies

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By lmw on Mon, 11-14-05, 04:29

I guess this is really old, but if I managed to find my way here, maybe someone else will too.
My 18 yr old dd has reacted to fruits and veggies since she was about 10. She can't eat anything raw but grapes, and cucumbers and lettuce.
At first it was just apples and carrots, but slowly more things moved to the NO side. Her throat will itch and swell. My dh can't eat apples either. Her allergist told us she could 'nuke' an apple for several seconds to neutralize the proteins. That's a timing trial and error deal, but ut worked for a while, now she's just given up. Her friends laugh at our 'salads' - just lettuce in bowl!
She can eat any fruit/ veggies cooked.

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By ChunkyMonkey on Mon, 11-21-05, 16:53

my NFA kid (none that we know of but he has never had tree nuts) reacted to an organic apple that came in a 3 pack wrapped in plastic. Still don't know what caused the reaction (hives all around mouth). He has eaten apples since and no problem

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By jen96ttu on Thu, 01-26-06, 03:54

I've had reactions to apples, tomatoes, melons, and bananas. Apples and bananas being the worst. I don;t have PA but my son does. I am highly allergic to ragweek though. Weird thing with the apples, is I react to red delicisious and granny smith apples, but am fine with others. Last time I had a red delicious, I was about 22 years old, and my lips swelled up. Back then I had no idea of severe allergies, anaphylaxis,etc. I just waited until it went away. If it happened today, I'd be giving myself my son's epi, for sure! The apples and bananas will make my lips and gums itch like crazy, lips swell but that's about it. Best thing to do is avoid them.

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By CassandraKS on Fri, 05-29-15, 19:53

Hi! It could be an allergy to the Apple. But more likely it could be a reaction to a pesticide or if it is an organic Apple may be a natural protecting agent applied to the field. I have experienced a reaction to Apple's before. I live in Pennsylvania. I was only allergic to raw Apple's. If I cooked the Apple I would not have any reaction to it, and I didn't have a reaction to Apple juice either. I am visiting in Washington state now and I just ate a raw Apple and experienced no reactions to it. So I don't think I'm allergic to the Apple. I think I an allergic to something they do during the growth of the Apple in PA. Hope this helps!

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By dntfamily@me.com on Fri, 07-17-15, 00:44

Livsmom.
My 14 yr old son has a peanut and tree nut allergy. He is also anaphylactic to fresh peaches. He is also allergic to fresh cherries, apples, and bananas. He can eat watermelon but he can't touch it. (I know, what!? Lol) it has to be cut into pieces and eaten with a fork. He is contact allergic to watermelon but not ingestion allergic. He would break out into hives wherever the juice touched his skin but it wouldn't bother his mouth at all! He too would seem to become allergic to something new every year. Every few months or so we would add another food! He can eat all the fruits he's allergic to if they are cooked or have been frozen first or in juice form (not fresh juice. Processed) apparently the enzyme is destroyed when cooked or frozen. That is NOT true for peanuts or tree nuts! I would check with your Dr first but it may be the same for your child. My son loves apple pie and he can have it but candy apples at Halloween are off the list. Good luck!
Stay safe,
Darlene

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By PeanutAllergy.com on Sun, 06-12-16, 03:46

Answer: Question of the Week: Answered!

Every week, PeanutAllergy.com answers one of the questions posted in our community.

Our Answer:

Thank you for your question. We’re sorry to hear that your daughter had an unfortunate reaction to something she ate. Dealing with allergic reactions - particularly when the food in question is one you thought was safe - can be very scary. For some children, this uncertainty can even cause anxiety about food in general! This, of course, is something we want to prevent, so that your girl can have a happier, more carefree life.

Of course (and we know this is a headache), it could be possible that you daughter has developed an allergy to apples. Apples are the most common fruit allergen for both adults and children. And even if she has eaten them without incident in the past, research has shown that new food allergies can develop as a person ages. However there are a few other things to consider as you look for the cause of her reaction. Could the apple been playing host to mold or pollen? Both of these could have messed with your little one’s fragile system and caused the hives.

Our best advice is to follow the advice of your nutritionist. Give her another apple, watch for the reaction, and even if there is one, check to see whether or not there may be another culprit.

We hope this information helps. We also reached out to our Facebook community with your question, and you can see their responses here.

Take care!

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By MicheleB on Wed, 06-15-16, 21:58

I understand! We were figuring out what my son was allergic to when he reacted to bananas. So scary & frustrating. We realized that he only reacted to bananas during certain season. There is a list of fruits and vegetables linked to each seasonal allergy that a person may have. I've heard it called cross pollen reaction, oral allergy syndrome, food pollen syndrome. Or try cross reactive foods with pollen.
Later my daughter was covered in hives after eating watermelon. We had her tested just in case but it was negative. When my kids take an over the counter me (Claritin at my house) they do not react to those foods. Good luck!

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By MicheleB on Wed, 06-15-16, 22:06

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By MicheleB on Wed, 06-15-16, 22:05

Sorry. Couldn't get it to post the first time!

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