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Posted on: Tue, 04/09/2002 - 8:01am
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Well, if any of you are birch pollen allergic, it may be oral allergy syndrome instead (which isn't usually dangerous, just annoying as all get out). Basically, if you are allergic to birch pollen, you may have oral itching or tingling from certain foods, especially during pollen season. (apples and carrots I know are on that list...and some other fruits too) Weird that it was just the one apple, though.
We generally distinguish between what is "allergy" and what isn't by virtue of whether the symptoms are systemic/illogical or need treatment... the "welts" our DD gets from tomato sauce go away within four or five minutes of her being wiped clean... that is contact irritation, in our opinion. And she never gets them anywhere that she hasn't had ketchup or pizza sauce smeared, either.
Since its apples and since its beginning to look a lot like Claritin season, I would bet on oral allergy syndrome. (Don't usually consider apples to be really "acidic"?) Wouldn't hurt to ask your allergist about it to be on the safe side.

Posted on: Tue, 04/09/2002 - 12:56pm
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Last time I visited the allergist I asked about my son's reaction to tomatoes. He gets red welts around his mouth. The doctor said that a lot of allergic kids have very sensitive skin, and the food acid sometimes affects their skin. He said to keep feeding him foods if this is my son's only reaction.
Just a note...I called the pediatrician's office to get the allergist referal, and I told the nurse about the tomato reaction...she said definitely not to feed him tomatoes anymore...I am going with the allergist's opinion, not the nurse's...

Posted on: Thu, 04/11/2002 - 7:22am
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It is such a relief to hear that my daughter may not be allergic to apples. Thank you so much for clarifying the issue!

Posted on: Fri, 04/12/2002 - 3:10am
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I just wanted to share my PA/TNA/fish allergic son's recent experience with blood and skin testing. He is now 13, and had not had skin testing since he was 5, and had never had a blood test. When his blood tests for fish all came back negative, the doctor suggested that he may have outgrown a childhood allergy to cod. Then we did skin tests with extract, which were positive, but the doctor next had us bring in raw fish; when the fish touched my son's arm he had a reaction. For the fish that tested repeatedly negative through blood test, we may go back to do a food challenge (with cooked fish).
So in this case even though the blood test was negative (possibly due to no exposure in the past 10 years), the allergy persisted. Our doctor said that no test is foolproof and only becomes meaningful in the context of patient history, etc.
The doctor also said that there was no point in doing yearly tests, and that at 13 my son's allergies were probably predictive for adulthood.
One of the reasons we did this was that my son had begun to wonder if these food allergies were some myth that I had concocted (because he hadn't had reactions in so long), and to get lazy about the epi-pen. Our visits to the allergist reminded him of the potential seriousness of food allergy, so I highly recommend testing for a teenager either to find out if the allergies are no longer there or if he/she still needs to be watchful.

Posted on: Fri, 04/12/2002 - 4:22am
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Marla H,
Now that may be the most intelligent advice I have heard in a long time.
So many teenagers do die due to food allergies and I think some of them may have been prevented if they only KNEW how allergic they still are to foods that they may haven't had a reaction to in years.
Thanks for sharing your story and experience!

Posted on: Fri, 04/12/2002 - 6:22am
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I just wanted to add my support too!
I have worried about this- especially with kids who have MFA- most of the other allergies are not on the same plane as the PA, you know? Like my husband, who is soy allergic and doesn't take it too seriously... doesn't make him *feel* very good if he screws up, but it isn't life-threatening. Great advice on getting your teen to understand that there are *some* sleeping dogs that shouldn't be roused!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

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