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allergy to maraschino cherries - (Read 2,753 Times)
 
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Post Icon Posted: Mar 2nd, 2011 at 03:37 pm

Hi all. I'm new here and wanted to know if anyone has heard of an allergy to marachino cherries. My son had a reaction with facial redness and hives after eating 6 maraschino cherries from Friendlies. We were prescribed an epi pen and went to skin testing which did have a + reaction. We were told to keep the epi pen at all times.

Has atone heard of such a reaction? He also had a reaction to chinese food -crab Rangoon. We had him skin tested for all shellfish but was negative

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Post Icon Posted: Mar 2nd, 2011 at 03:52 pm

some marachino cherries have almond ingredients I believe. any chance he has tree nut allergy?
can he eat fresh cherries?
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Post Icon Posted: Mar 2nd, 2011 at 03:53 pm

I don't eat marachino cherries because I am allergic to sulfites. I'm not that keen on the red dye either.

What was he tested for? The cherry fruit? The dye? The preservative? It could be helpful to know.
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Post Icon Posted: Mar 2nd, 2011 at 04:05 pm

He was skin tested with the actual cherries from Friendlies. He has never had real cherries. He had his first reaction with just red blotches around face instantly after eating the cherries. The second time he had instant blotches and reddness and also hives on legs. He has had almond and tree nuts before with no reaction. Could a red dye bring on just a severe reaction?
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Post Icon Posted: Mar 2nd, 2011 at 04:15 pm

Hmm. That's interesting that they tested with the maraschino cherries. Obviously he reacted to them - it would be nice to have known which component he reacted to, huh? In addition to keeping him away from maraschino cherries, I would suggest keeping him away from the other ingredients as well until you can narrow down just exactly what he's reacting to. I wonder if there are any ingredients in common between the things he's reacted to?

Also, when they tested, what type of test was it? Did they do a control with saline to compare? Did they test for anything else other than the cherries and shellfish?

Sorry to hear your DS is having reactions! You'll find great help here.
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Post Icon Posted: Mar 3rd, 2011 at 12:42 am

they did a skin test on his forearm with the drops and then scraping the area with small needle. they did uses a control of saline too.

Thanks for eveyones feedback!
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Post Icon Posted: Mar 3rd, 2011 at 07:00 am

Next step would certainly be to get an ingredient list from Friendlies and test for the component parts. It is worth having an accurate assessment so that you can avoid other reactions.
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