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Date Joined Jul 2013
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   Posted 7/10/2013 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

This forum has been a lifesaver. I have been a two-year process with allergy and neurology doctors trying to track down what I was having severe allergic reactions to.

The first time one hit I had just eaten an apple ... my heart rate went through the roof, I was super dizzy, my throat started to close and my eyes became little pin drops. I am allergic to penicillin so I knew I was having a reaction to something and called 911.

The medics came and said I couldn't be having an allergic reaction because my heart rate should have dropped, not increased .. one leaned in close to em and asked if I had ever had a panic attack (no, I haven't).

They took me to the hospital any way where they started running a few tests and decided I might have a pulmonary embolism (I had just come back from a 16 hr. flight and one leg was slightly swollen).

They did a CAT scan, came back normal - I had another 'high heart rate episode' and they then thought I was having a stroke. They admitted me into the stroke unit overnight and did 2 MRIS.

After all that - they said a disc they found in my neck that was bulging probably had hit my vagus nerve and caused the initial symptoms.

Well - needless to say, they were mostly wrong (from this thread it sounds like the vagus was involved for another reason).

Two weeks later - I ate another apply and had the exact same symptoms. This time I drank a LOT of water, took Zrytec, stayed calm and it passed after a few hours ... ugh.

Why apples?? Because though sulfite is banned from being sprayed on vegetables in the US -- most of our produce comes from overseas and it's not regulated.

I got dosed another time from grapes.

Any way - I am still trying to find a decent allergist (none here in NW Ohio) and headed up to the Univ. of Michigan in a few months.

Wish me luck and thanks for this forum!

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 7/10/2013 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
So very sorry about your allergic responses...Sure hope this never happens to you again and if you have a place called "whole foods" maybe get your produce from them. They do list where the apples come from and you can get US branded produce as well...Northern Spy apples are US apples along with others and Northern Spy is great for pies...
Anyways many well wishes and now that you know you can tell all this to a good allergist...keep us posted when you get a good allergist...
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   Posted 7/11/2013 3:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Wash the apple with baking soda, grapefruit seed extract and hydrogen peroxide mixture. Rinse thoroughly. Then peel the fruit before eating. This should significantly reduce the sulfite content, as most of the sulfites will be in the peeling.

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Date Joined Jul 2013
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   Posted 7/11/2013 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you very much for your kind words and advice Chartreux and Razzle!

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   Posted 7/11/2013 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Just to add on to great information,

Start keeping a food journal. (See many posts.) Maybe get a blood pressure monitor to add information.

There are many things besides/other than sulfites that can cause reactions. Don't do challenge testing until you clear it with a good allergist.
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