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What have apples and carrots got in common???

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swiperfox Tue 19-Jul-05 22:02:52

I'm allergic to apples. Afew other fruits too but mostly apples. If I eat an apple, my whoel mouth itches like mad, my throat swells a bit and my neck, gums and lips itch like mad.

I've just eaten 3 raw carrots and am getting that tingling feeling........

What's that all about?!?!?

NotQuiteCockney Tue 19-Jul-05 22:05:09

Could it be any sort of pesticide used on them? (They still use some pesticides and insecticides on organic fruit and veg, I think, they just don't have as many choices).

hunkermunker Tue 19-Jul-05 22:05:31


Hello, fellow allergic to things nobody's ever heard of being allergic to freak

swiperfox Tue 19-Jul-05 22:07:47

hello you

Can't believe the flipping carrot got me!!

When I registered at our new docs the other day i went to the nurse for my medical and when i told her i was allergic to apples she laughed at me!!!

I wonder about pesticides too. Hmmm..... could well be. How would I find out?

hunkermunker Tue 19-Jul-05 22:08:35

Try an organic apple. I didn't have as strong a reaction to them (still a faint tingle), which made me gleeful (and also saddened at the state of the food in this country, but that's a whole nother thread!).

swiperfox Tue 19-Jul-05 22:11:31

I;ve been thinking about trying that since you mentioned before that you tried one but I'm scared lol

Evry few years i get really p*ed off at not being allowed an apple so I bite one just to see lol next time I do that it will be organic. Will have to be winter as well as hayfever makes me more allergic than usual lol

What a wreck!!!!!

hunkermunker Tue 19-Jul-05 22:12:14

Tell the nurse you have oral allergy syndrome next time - then slap her for being an ignoramus when she goes "what?" in a gormless fashion

swiperfox Tue 19-Jul-05 22:14:36

But can I keep a straight face telling someone I have 'Oral Allergy Syndrome'? I will talk to her about it, deffo.

Have you ever noticed how it's always just me and you on the weirdo allergy thread lol

Chandra Tue 19-Jul-05 22:15:20

Snow White? is it you?

Talking about strange reactions, I have noticed that turquoise coloured clothes make me itch.

hunkermunker Tue 19-Jul-05 22:15:41

Yay! We're in the weirdo allergy clique

swiperfox Tue 19-Jul-05 22:20:20


funny thing is when I was little, Snow White was my name on the cb radio lol

Turquoise clothes?? You're in the clique!!

swiperfox Tue 19-Jul-05 22:28:18

Do you think it's pesticides hunker?

hunkermunker Tue 19-Jul-05 22:28:57

I think that may be part of it.

Do you also get it with tomatoes at all? I do if they're a bit green. If they're fully ripe it's not a problem.

Am weird!

swiperfox Tue 19-Jul-05 22:31:08

I hate tomatoes so not sure - however i get it with strawberries if i eat them just plain. If i put cream on them I get away with it!! Am possibly weirder!!

Chandra Tue 19-Jul-05 22:35:06

DS gets a rash if he eats tomatoes. I had a friend who was allergic to chocolate, poor woman!

NotQuiteCockney Wed 20-Jul-05 10:59:28

Oh, turquoise clothes - it could be an allergy to indigo? A little boy at the co-op had this, came out in really nasty hives because his parents put him in a dark blue outfit.

pinotgrigio Wed 20-Jul-05 21:12:23

I only have a problem with oranges when they're being peeled. I start to wheeze and sniffle.

I can drink fresh orange juice without problems. Is this weird enough to be in the clique??

hunkermunker Wed 20-Jul-05 21:12:58

Totally, PG

swiperfox Wed 20-Jul-05 21:14:37


pinotgrigio Wed 20-Jul-05 21:32:33

At last!!! I'm in a clique.

Saves me having to read the Guardian to get into the other clique.

ecomum Sat 23-Jul-05 13:04:09

You are not a weirdo!
My DS is allergic to both apples and carrots (among other things). In his case its an allergy to salicylates - a type of aspirin found naturally in fruit & veg - but agree that you probably have oral allergy syndrome (also known as pollen-food allergy syndrome).

Peeling fruit and veg removes the proteins that cause the allergy. See if it works for you.

kama Sat 23-Jul-05 13:42:47

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edam Sat 23-Jul-05 13:48:02

I can't join your clique myself, but do have a friend who is allergic to brassica vegetables - broccoli, cauliflower etc. Most unusual allergy I've come across.

Dh also can't eat apples, make his gums tingle. He's an allergic person, has asthma, eczema, allergic to fur, feathers, grass etc. etc.

Utka Mon 25-Jul-05 13:08:38

Cooking seems to change the allergic impact too - my SIL is allergic like you to various fresh fruits and veg, but once they're cooked she's fine.

Picked up a copy of The Allergy Bible (by Linda Gamlin) at the Allergy Show recently, and it has a great explanation as to why so many seemingly unconnected things cause a similar reaction in people. It's quite lengthy to repeat here, but it's sort of like pieces of jigsaw fitting together. In jigsaws, some pieces have cut out bits, others have 'prongs' (IYSWIM!), but it's sometimes possible to fit wrong bits together. The same goes for allergens - it's only a small part of them which actually causes the reaction in you, and this small bit may occur in other, unconnected things. If you react to that small bit, every time you encounter the small bit, in whatever item it is, you'll have a reaction. That's why my daughter is allergic to bananas, kiwi and latex, for example!

bobbybob Wed 27-Jul-05 05:48:31

Utka - another mumsnetter with a latex allergic child. How exciting (well maybe exciting is the wrong word, but I'm sure you know what I mean). How old is your dd?

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