Reaction to Apple or Keflex

Posted on: Tue, 04/22/2003 - 1:09pm
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Anonymous (not verified)

Are you allergic to apples or keflex? What kind of reaction did you have?

My son had a reaction about an hour and a half after taking a dose of Keflex which was also a few minutes after eating an apple. The doctor thinks it was from the apple - oral allergy - skin around mouth and cheeks, chin very red and lots of bumps raised about 1/8 inch each, then he rubbed his eyes and they began watering and rash spread over bridge of nose (benadryl resolved this almost immediately)...Doctor said drug allergic reaction usually is hives on legs or at least lower half of body.

I am thinking that the apple was cross contaminated with peanut or nut somehow, especially since my husband gave my son an apple when I was out, the next evening. (He wasn't around for the reaction before and had forgotten.) My son did not have a reaction to the apple this time...he also was not taking keflex since we changed his antibiotic after the reaction the day before, just in case it was drug related.

My son is allergic to penicillin (we think, because of rash that developed from amoxicillin when an infant) He has taken keflex in the past w/o incident.

He used to drink apple juice by the gallons for his first few years and rarely drank milk. A year ago he turned off apple juice and began drinking milk by the gallons.

He eats applesauce and peeled apples regularly without incident very frequently.

This year he has had one or two occasions where the area around his mouth became a little irritated after eating an apple that wasn't sliced. This also happens w/ cantaloupe, but it goes away shortly after being washed.

Any thoughts on any of this? Thanks.

Posted on: Wed, 04/23/2003 - 2:33am
McMelon's picture
Joined: 09/21/2002 - 09:00

Hey there,
My 6yo is allergic to apple skin and other tree fruits as well. His throat gets intensly itchy after he eats any fresh fruit. Applesauce is ok because the heat in processing kills the allergen. Same with canned veg, friut and tuna. So far this works for us. I would rather he could eat the fresh as it contains more nutrients and vitamins. Every time he tries he gets itchy throat. He even reacted to smell of apples while I was peeling apples for a pie recently(swollen itchy eyes and itchy throat). The allergist gave me the above info and said it is due to his tree pollen allergies. the fruits cross react with the tree pollen. I think I explained that right. Hopes this helps. Has your son been tested for environmental allergies? I would bet on the tree pollen. Melody

Posted on: Wed, 04/23/2003 - 3:06am
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Joined: 11/01/2000 - 09:00

I think it would be wise talk to your doctor again about the Keflex. Many people who are allergic to penicillin are also allergic to cephalosporins (I guess they are kind of like "cousins" to each other). I believe they are all in the beta lactam family. I am not a doctor or nurse, but am going by my personal experience. I am allergic to all beta lactams. There is an allergy test that your allergist can perform to confirm this.

Posted on: Wed, 04/23/2003 - 11:36am
cathlina's picture
Joined: 06/29/2001 - 09:00

There is no such thing as a "usual" drug reaction.
My daughter got a red rash from pencillin. Then her skin turned bright red after taking Keflex. Then she took Ceclor...had hives, breathing problems for five weeks. These drugs have a crossreactivity ratio of 10% to each other.
I had an allergic reaction to Zithromax last August. Swollen throat, tongue, digestive problems....10 years ago I had a reaction to
Cipro....burning skin...benadryl relieved it...but kept me in the hospital for three started burning every four hours...after three days....I itched and itched and itched and was put on predisone for 21 days.
So, what's "usual" about all these reactions?

Posted on: Sun, 04/27/2003 - 8:31pm
Claire's picture
Joined: 04/19/2000 - 09:00

Somewhere a long while ago we had posts on Apples and PA children. My son gets sick from eating apples. They were saying that it has something to dowith the Apples being exposed to the peanuts in the grocery store. I need to send my kids off to school but will come back to this thread for sure. claire

Posted on: Sun, 04/27/2003 - 11:13pm
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

From the responses you've gotten so far, it sounds like it could be either one! I have to agree that the doctor's response about a "typical" allergic reaction to a drug doesn't make much sense to me. Good luck!

Posted on: Tue, 05/13/2003 - 12:31pm
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Anonymous (not verified)

Thanks for the feedback. I am going to take my son in for a RAST on apple and possibly a skin test too...

Posted on: Fri, 05/23/2003 - 12:43pm
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Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

I am not PA (my son is) but I do react to apples. Some apples, not all.
I can eat lobos without a problem, but not mcintosh (both are red apples). I get *really* sick on granny smith (the green one).
My symptoms are very itchy mouth, swollen belly, swollen lips (I look like a frog trying to attract a mate! UGH!!!), shortness of breath. I don't remember watery eyes because it's been a while since I ate an apple I shouldn't have.
Once again, cooked apples of any kind are fine.

Posted on: Fri, 05/23/2003 - 11:36pm
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Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

My pa son won't eat apples but will eat applesauce.
Sometimes you wonder if they have some innate radar for some foods that just don't cut it with them.

Posted on: Fri, 06/20/2003 - 12:35pm
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Well-we had a RAST done and it seems that my son is now allergic to apples, pears, canteloupe, brocolli, and a variety of other things! In fact his levels went up on all things tested previouslly except for a slight decrease for sunflower! Anyway, I am happy he is not allergic to keflex. Sort of amazing to me that he is allergic to apples. He ate them daily for years and lived on apple juice and apple sauce when 2-5 years old.

Posted on: Mon, 07/28/2003 - 1:22pm
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Joined: 09/21/2002 - 09:00

Well-I'm 32 and developed an allergy to apples at 29. I ate them lots too. With me it's Oral Allergy Syndrome, since I have really bad pollen allergies as well. Same thing though-only fresh fruit, and I get the majorly itchy throat, tongue, neck...hives...etc. Although it seems that it's gotten worse-I also react to peaches. I tried a tiny bite yesterday, wondering if my allergies may have changed. They've changed all right...for the worse. That tiny bit made me more itchy then a whole peach normally did.

Posted on: Sun, 08/03/2003 - 12:17am
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Joined: 07/15/1999 - 09:00

This article appeared in the Globe and Mail Toronto newspaper recently:
For me, all fruit is forbidden
Apples and oranges do have one thing in common. They both seem to want me dead.
Thursday, July 31, 2003 - Page A24
Yes! Finally, after spending my entire adult life and much of my youth feeling misunderstood and maligned, now I feel vindicated. No longer must I skulk in corners at the outdoor market, turn abashedly away during pumpkin fest or blush with ignominy at apple harvesting time. Scientists have finally discovered fructose intolerance, and my day in the sun has come.
I want to tell the world -- I love your fruit, but I can't eat it. In fact, fructose intolerance isn't half the problem; I am an anaphylactic. To the uninitiated, anaphylactic shock is a life-threatening allergic reaction. If untreated, the victim can die within minutes. To the uninformed I say: it's not just about nuts. My anaphylaxis embraces many food groups -- vegetables, fruits (solid and liquid), spices, wines and microbrew beers. Don't get me started on Thai and Mexican cuisine.
But let's just talk fruits for now. Come with me on my voyage to the sweet, the tart, the tangy.
Here's how it happens. Not only do I feel an upset stomach after consuming a sweet strawberry or a juicy apple, but my stomach writhes in agony when the fruit touches down. It regurgitates the swallow whole and expels it from my body like a rocket launcher in action during a fiery attack.
And then, the pain. Ahhh! First there are the stomach contractions. (Mothers, I'm sure you can relate to this.) Then my lips swell up, then my face, my throat, my tongue. (Ever see a blowfish?) My eyeballs start burning in their sockets. My pupils dilate exponentially.
Then comes the itching. Hives all over my body. I feel like I'm having a drug-induced nightmare. Then comes the torture of the extremities. My palms are hot and itchy. And so are my feet. And my ears, too. I'm jumping and itching all over like Mick Jagger in heat. It hurts so much I want to die. Then the world starts to look all soft and blurry.
It's happening for real now. I'm 19 years old and standing on the corner of Woodbine and Danforth Avenue, in Toronto, trying to cross the road. There are lights. Red, amber, green. All distorted and mixed together. As I start walking, I feel weaker and weaker. I'm staggering like a drunk on a bender. When I make it to the other side of the road, I reach for a parking meter. I'm so dizzy, and my heart is racing faster and faster. I can barely breathe as my throat tightens like a noose around my neck. I try to hold on to the post but I'm losing my grip and my body falls slowly to the ground.
I hear someone's voice, "Are you okay?" I think I hear sirens in the distance. Then nothing. No sound. No light. I'm unconscious. I think I must be dead.
I thought it was all over then. I hadn't quite finished my education or got my career under way. I owed some money to a few people, and I had just paid about 40 bucks for a biology textbook and I hadn't even been to the first class. Yipes! The pressure of dying unprepared. I needed some time to write a note at least. What will my mother think? Dying here on the Danforth, just like a piece of abandoned road kill.
Well, dear reader, I was saved in the end. A kindly woman found me lying on the sidewalk and called an ambulance. At the hospital, they gave me this wonderful drug called adrenaline. Mmm. I started to feel so good. No more itching, no more cramps. And the tightness in my chest went away, too. I could breathe again. My tongue was still a bit swollen for a while, but I was grateful to be alive. "Thanth," I said to the doctor in a feeble voice. "What?" he said. It doesn't matter.
You didn't ask for it, but there's a day in the life of a misunderstood anaphylactic. Remember, it's not just the nuts, okay? Sometimes I see you on the bus chomping down on a juicy red apple, saliva running down your mouth and I feel a little sick. I can smell that fructose in the air like a nauseating putrid stench. No offence. Or, at the office, there you are peeling an orange, making a mess with the juice all sticky on your desk and orange peel stuck in your fingernails. I have to look away. But it's not you I can't stand. It's the fruit.
Give me a Coke and a burger. Give me an ice cream sandwich. (Lactose is my friend.) Give me all your artificially sweetened soft drinks and snacks. To the school boards thinking of taking away chocolate bars from the vending machines and replacing them with fruit bars, I say, "Are you trying to kill us?"
Seriously, it's a different world for the fructose intolerant, and for people like me -- anaphylactics who are allergic to practically everything even remotely healthy. Nuts are only the start of it. It has never been fun being an anaphylactic. It all started when I was 19. First it was fruits, then nuts, then lettuce, beans, mayonnaise, and so on.
Today I applaud the people who bring allergies to the table, who talk about my silent killer. And the next time I'm at a dinner party and someone says, "Anaphylactic to fruit? I've never heard of that." Or "Have a berry. We just want to see what it looks like when your face puffs up." They don't really believe, of course. They think I'm kidding. But now the world knows.
For some people, fruit sucks. For people like me, fruit kills. I've said my piece. You may return to your strawberry tart, my friend. Bon appetit! But be careful what you eat.

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