Apple Allergy

An apple a day keeps the doctor away…well, not in this case. Many people are allergic to dairy or peanuts, but an allergy to apples is not as well known. Most of the symptoms of this allergy resemble those of pollen or animal hair allergies; however, there are more serious symptoms such as: hives, asthma, tongue swelling, diarrhea, constipation, wheezing, vomiting, headaches, eczema, breathing problems, or low blood pressure. The one major problem with this allergy is going through anaphylactic shock and that, unfortunately for apple allergy sufferers, apples or apple juice is used in many foods and drinks.

Of course there are exceptions to the apple allergy; some people do not actually have the allergy, but have different one called oral allergy syndrome according to Oral allergy syndrome is an allergic reaction to certain raw or fresh foods that may contain pollen. This is caused by reacting pollen from trees and other plants to the raw or fresh fruits. The symptoms of this are: itchiness or tingling of the mouth and/or swelling of the tongue and/or throat after eating certain raw or fresh fruits, diarrhea, cramps, or constipation. Some oral allergy syndrome sufferers that experience an allergic reaction to apples have a birch pollen allergy and may also experience those symptoms with peaches, hazelnuts, cherries or carrots. Most of the time, cooking the fruits reduces the symptoms of this allergy.

Fortunately, someone can grow out of this allergy to apples and can also get rid of it by taking allergy vaccinations or medicines. According to, skin prick tests can be done as well to show if that someone is still allergic to apples or allergic to anything else. The only true way to not have an allergic reaction to apples for apple allergy sufferers is to stay away from that fruit as much as possible. Usually processed or cooked apples are fine to consume.

Some people confuse their symptoms with oral allergy syndrome and come to believe that they do indeed have that allergy when they do not. Lactose intolerance is more common than oral allergy syndrome and is often confused with the syndrome. A doctor should be consulted when someone is unsure of his or her allergy or when an elimination diet has not helped with stopping certain symptoms. Many sufferers have tried allergy immunotherapy, which is where someone is given increasingly larger doses of the food that he or she is allergic to in the hopes that eventually he or she will develop a tolerance. This does help many people, but an elimination diet is still the best way to prevent these allergy symptoms.

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