Would you believe --Apple peel

Posted on: Mon, 11/22/1999 - 12:07am
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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.

Posted on: Mon, 11/22/1999 - 9:50am
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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?

Posted on: Mon, 11/22/1999 - 5:41pm
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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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Posted on: Mon, 11/22/1999 - 5:44pm
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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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Posted on: Tue, 11/23/1999 - 9:21am
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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

Posted on: Tue, 11/23/1999 - 11:58am
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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!

Posted on: Tue, 11/23/1999 - 12:46pm
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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!

Posted on: Wed, 11/24/1999 - 12:51am
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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

Posted on: Wed, 11/24/1999 - 9:55pm
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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.

Posted on: Thu, 11/25/1999 - 12:07pm
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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.

Posted on: Fri, 12/03/1999 - 11:59am
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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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