Would you believe --Apple peel

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By MaryLynn on Mon, 11-22-99, 15:07

Last night we spent about an hour in the ER with our 5 year old daughter who had a bad allergic reaction after eating an apple with it's peel.

As she was eating it, I noticed that she was coughing and I took the apple away and started a nebulizer treatment (for asthma) and as she was getting progressively worse I paused it while I gave her some Benadryl.

That did not seem to work and the nurse help line said it sounded like her airway might be becomming blocked. My husband drove us to the ER, where she was doing better than any one had expected. Her breathing rate was slow, but her lungs were clear. After the doctor saw us, and called our family ped. we were sent home. After a sleepless night for me, up every two hours with another med to give, our daughter seems to be doing much better.

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By MaryLynn on Tue, 11-23-99, 00:50

Quick update,
M daughter's allergist doesn't want her eating apples until her next apt. She might be allergic to the apple. Does anyone have any insite to this?

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By Virginia on Tue, 11-23-99, 08:41

I'm 15 and had a similar reaction to apple peel - for me it turned out that I'm allergic to all fruit, but it was something I never expected! Good luck!

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By Virginia on Tue, 11-23-99, 08:44

One more thing - it turns out that I'm only allergic to raw fruits. Has she had any similar reactions to other fruits? Apparently there are enzymes in raw fruits that can cause allergic reactions, and by processing the fruits the enzymes are broken down. Perhaps that's the case with your daughter, but I hope it's not too serious.

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By MaryLynn on Wed, 11-24-99, 00:21

We haven't seen reactions with other raw fruit, but we have seen milder difficulties with processed apples such as juice and applesauce. Thanks for your support.

MaryLynn

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By Lu Randall on Wed, 11-24-99, 02:58

There was something in a FAN newsletter a few months ago (maybe even 6-8 months ago) about adult onset food allergies, and they listed apple and celery among other things. Get in touch with them, maybe they have some information you could use. Good luck!

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By Gabesmom on Wed, 11-24-99, 03:46

YES!
we are completely new to the world of food allergies (our 13 month old son has a visit with a pediatric allergist in two weeks...peanuts, msg, and berries seem to be a problem).

Everytime my husband eats an apple with the skin on he complains that his throat is itchy and he feels the need to clear it and coughs for up to an hour. Honestly, we never gave it much thought (dumb I know). Interestingly, when he ate an apple from a tree in someone's backyard, he had no reaction. Could it possibly have something to do with residual pesticides? just a thought.

I will show this message to my husband and hopefully he'll stop messing around with eating apples!

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By MaryLynn on Wed, 11-24-99, 15:51

We are not certain what the actual trigger was. It could have been something that did not wash off the peel or it could have been the peel itself. We are seeing the allergist next week.

Thanks for all the info. I will contact FAN to see if they have any info.

MaryLynn

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By kalpertk on Thu, 11-25-99, 12:55

My son also reacts to apples. But only some varieties. Not red delicious, but to Braeburn plus some other varieties. Not as severe though. Just enough to need to use benadryl. We are PA, milk, soy, chicken plus no doubt other unknown allergies as he is a very picky eater. Only anaphylactic to peanut and we have had 2 visits to hospital.

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By MaryLynn on Fri, 11-26-99, 03:07

Kalperkt
That's very interesting, we did not have problems with apples until my daughter tried Royal Gala. They are a pink-ish red. She is also soy, pea, nut and coconut allergic.

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By MaryLynn on Sat, 12-04-99, 02:59

Just a quick update...We saw the allergist today and he did a scratch test for apples. It was negative. So we are going to slowly reintroduce apples...cooked first as well as juice, but no cider and as my daughter is proud to state "no peels this time".

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By bakermom on Sat, 12-04-99, 03:21

I am allergic to an enzyme (sp) in some raw fruit. It first occured when I was about 22. I ate a peach at someone's house and my lips became swollen and sore and my throat felt like it was beginning to close! I too thought it was the skin, the pesticides etc. I ate organic apples etc. even then I got some kind of reaction. I can SOMETIMES get away with a bite or two. When the fruit is cooked or processed in someway the enzyme is disabled. I can eat melon oranges grapes things like that. But yes, there is an allergy to a fruit enzyme, I just recently had that verified by an allergist. Good luck

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By Joanne on Sun, 12-05-99, 00:13

This link might be of interest to you:

[url="http://www.allerg.qc.ca/orallas.html"]www.allerg.qc.ca/orallas.html[/url]

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By Donnamarie on Sun, 12-05-99, 18:14

My son has experienced this same reaction. He would start severe coughing (he has asthma), and difficulty breathing when eating raw apples, grapes, cherries, etc. In most cases, organic fruits did not cause any reaction; in addition, canned, cooked, and processed fruits did not cause any reaction. Since organic food was okay, I assume he is reacting to the pesticides -- and numerous allergy books say that cooking and processing a less-severe allergen can often reduce the intensity of the allergic reaction--which might explain the situation.

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By bakermom on Mon, 12-06-99, 03:18

THANKYOU JOANNE!!!!!
That link you gave to us was extremely helpful in explaining my problems with fruits. I know for certain that I am highly allergic to birch pollen. I had many tests done years ago and that was one of the biggies. Well...one of my personal life mysteries is solved, thanks again.

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By EILEEN on Wed, 12-08-99, 06:01

MaryLynn, my non pa allergic child has a similar experience. He ate one bite of a PEELED apple and developed hives and throat obstruction. He is negative on a skin test to apples. His allergist tells me there is a rare but well-known cross-reaction demonstrated by individuals allergic to apple pollen and raw (but not cooked apples). My son can eat cooked apples. She tells me it is not assocaited with anaphylaxis and that he does not need to carry an EpiPen. Any thoughts on this!

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By MaryLynn on Wed, 12-08-99, 23:38

I have gotten info from fan via e-mail and it was very similar to the link. But it did also mention that the reaction was not one that would lead to anaphalaxis. After seeing my daughter go through the reaction she had and that she came through with flying colors and no EPI-- we were actually told not to use it by a nurse service as we could not pin down the amount of asthma involved. The triage nurse and the on-call doctor also did not seen to think we should have used it. I don't think I would be too panicky about not having one, but I do know we are staying VERY far from raw apples and apple peels.

Hope this helps a little.

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By scywong on Thu, 12-09-99, 21:07

I am so glad you started this thread...
I am PA and I have always eaten apples (peel and all) I love them. However, I recently ate a Royal Gala and reacted severely to it. I could barely take 2 bites. Strangely, I had eaten an Empire apple the day before and did not have a reaction. Thanks for the info.

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By MaryLynn on Sat, 12-11-99, 01:16

I suppose the next question we should be asking is What is in those Royal Galas and what are they treated with?

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By Momma Kitty on Sun, 01-16-00, 15:46

My daughter, almost 5, allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, soy and egg has also had mild trouble with apples or their peel. She has only had red delicous and granny smith green. she seems to be ok when I peel them but starts coughing if she eats the peel. I've noticed coughing with apple juice too. But it doesn't happen every time... can be confusing! I'm very interested in hearing what others have experienced. Thanks.

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By swede13 on Mon, 08-28-00, 03:37

a few days ago, a had a trip to the emergency room with a severe soar throat,my voice hardly audible.I had eaten a handful of peanuts a few hours earlier.When i was young,my mom told me i would sometimes get hives from peanut butter.Over the years,on occasion after eating peanuts or APPLES my eyes would itch and swell,but not always.Last year i finally went to an allergist.After prick tests,they told me i am NOT allergic to either.Well, now the other night i eat peanuts and my throat nearly closed.I had never had a throat problem.Anyway, i too have had problems with apples,red delicios.

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By adamsmom on Tue, 08-29-00, 12:12

Our PA son will only eat the Granny Smith apples (peeled) ... he won't even come close to the other types. I still find it amazing that he KNOWS what is going to trigger his allergies.

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By CVB in CA on Tue, 08-29-00, 18:18

Does anyone think it might be the waxy coating on the apples? I have heard once that it can be carnuba wax or some type of oil and wax combination. Almost all the apples I see are waxed. Some come from New Zealand or other foriegn countries. What does FDA allow to be used on fruit?

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By MaryLynn on Sun, 10-15-00, 20:31

Hi. Boy I can't believe it's been almost a year since I started this thread! My daughter is doing well and has been given the go ahead to eat apples raw. She has been eating them since June and as long as they are peeled she is fine. The allergist is supportive of us giving apples without peel also. It's interesting that all she will eat right now are the royal galas --no peel.

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By DanJay on Thu, 01-05-12, 19:28

Eureka, so much useful information here about my very problem. Only today my GP pointed out to me about possibility of oral allergy syndrome (OAS) atributed to fruit skins/peel. And when I got home, browsed the internet for more information. A lot of data here fit exactly to my syndrome. So I am documenting my experience here for others' benefit.

Three-months ago for the first time in my life I suddenly got swollen lips that scared me very much on a day that I used some Listerine mouthwash for the first time and also used the RAID bug killer in the house on the same day. Medics diagnosed it as an allergy and obviously we suspected the mouth wash, but I suspected RAID as well, and after using Piriton for 48-hrs swelling subsided.

Even though I threw the Listerine bottle out, the symptoms kept recurring and after many visits to the GP, the possible causes were sort of narrowed down to food allergy. After a blood test, I was asked to avoid soya based products, which I complied with but the symptoms keep recurring continually. It was being kept under control by then, using citirizine tablet everynight, and I have stopped using soya products, milk products, eggs, nearly all wheat products, etc etc I was hardly eating properly. Yet suddenly I kept getting severe attacks on my face, chest, throat and pain within the rib cage (like in the lungs)the problem was making me lose confidence on what to eat and what not to eat.

Today when I went to see the GP for the Nth time, I said to her that one day in the previous week I had stopped my regular habit of eating apples after my dinner, and instead ate a pear. And the following money I woke up with a very severe attack on my face. I could see the GP's mind suddenly clicking. "Ah, she said, that is new information for me and on your case history; there is something called Oral Allergy Syndrome". Then she went on to explain this enzyme present in the peelof the apple, pears and cherries etc, how they affect people when eaten raw.

Naturally she advised me to stop eating these fruits (I had already given up eating them soon after eating that "deadly" pear). She said that once I have seen the expert allergist, she would finally sort me out regarding pin pointing the root cause of my allergy, and how to manage my food intakes to suit my situation. In fact I have been waiting for the specialist appointment for one-month now and hopefully this matter will be resolved for good.

So that is the background, and here are my key connections to the information in this website and previous cases of other contributors.

1. I have been eating only Royal Gala apples for ages, so many years that I cannot even remember. They have been my favorites, and on off pears as well as I love them. But I had not experienced the symptoms that I had been getting these last 3-months. So I assumed until these last few days, that apples and pears were OK. The only reason I stopped apples suddenly was due to my suspicion that residual pesticides on the apple (even washed as I always do) were causing the allergy. I had no idea that enzymes in the skin were the troublemakers. The GP said, despite many years of eating apples with no symptoms, suddenly the body could show out of control sensitvity to the enzyme.

2. In retrospect now, I can recall that I have had very minor symptoms of allergy for several years lately, but I had not recognized them as allergy symptoms. These were the non-stop sneezing, feeling of tacky mucous in the throat, needing to cough it out and clear the throat. I thought dust in the house was causing this. Now I noted that others had the similar symptoms.

3. I have also had cramps or tightness or pain in the chest for some months. It is diffciult to describe it, like a cramp you get on the leg muscles when swimming in the pool. Well I thought this was something do with rheumatism or something like that, but in the recent months the frequency of its onset has been increasing.

4. I have had a long time ago, just once, some allergy attacks (itching, hives, lumps and weals on the skin) after eating peanut butter and honey toasted sandwiches. Afetr that I stopped eating peanut butter for good, stopped eating honey for a short while, but resumed eating honey. I am a regular honey eater (everyday - one teaspoonful), but stopped taking it as a result of the recent allergy attacks.I thought left over beesting poison was causing me some damage.

5. I never had, nor considered that I ever had, pollen allergies during spring season. But now after reading about OAS and this website contributions, I accept that pollen too may be a root cause if they have the same enzymes as those of fruit skins.

So, there you have it. It is most likely that the innocuous apples and pears in their skins might have been the culprits. I will know better after my meeting with the expert allergist,and hopefully put in another input later.

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