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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 12:27 pm 

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I've recently discovered the relationship between cherries and almonds...should they be avoided?? I haven't come across a clear explanation online, does anyone know where more information can be found?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:14 pm 

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Location: Vancouver, BC
Hmmm, didn't know about that relationship. My son had a reaction to tree nuts and tested positive on a blood test for most of them, including almonds. He really likes cherries and ate them last summer with no problems.

It might be that some people will react to both, while others who are TNA can eat cherries. Can you get tested for cherries by your allergist?

DD 2004 Allergy to peanuts, egg, sesame, and new: lentils and chick peas
DS 2006 Allergy to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, kiwi fruit, eczema

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 5:56 pm 
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Location: Ottawa
We avoid tree nuts but not cherries.

Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy and green beans) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: Oral Allergy Syndrome, Allergic to Birch trees

PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:27 am 

Joined: Fri Oct 10, 2008 9:40 pm
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Location: ottawa
Our son tests positive now to all tree nuts. There is only a handful of fruits he is able to eat (raw) and last summer he ate cherries no problem.

DD 12 yrs -no allergies
4 yr old DS - asthma/eczema Anaphylactic to Peanuts, all tree nuts, sesame , all pea/lentil legumes, gelatin.
Allergic to trees, grass,ragweed, feathers, dander, mold and dust.
Outgrew eggs, fish, shellfish

PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:44 am 

Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 12:17 pm
Posts: 286
Location: Niagara region, Ontario
I don't think a nut allergy is going to mean an inevitable allergy to cherries. I am allergic to both, but I think that is due to oral allergy syndrome, as I am allergic to birch.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:13 pm 
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Joined: Mon Feb 07, 2005 6:39 pm
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Location: Toronto
Dr. Ham Pong doesn't mention it in his thorough Peanut and Tree Nut Handout:
And he would have.

However, as Soccermom is suggesting, it depends what your allergist says is your allergy. Are you: allergic to tree nuts specifically?
Or do you have what's called either Oral Allergy Syndrome or Pollen-Allergy Syndrome? If it's OAS, the main culprit is tree pollen and that can cause you to cross-react with certain fruits or vegetables, and sometimes nuts and/or spices.
If you think this is what you have, read this article:

If it's nut allergy per se, cherries shouldn't be an issue.
But if at all unsure about your own case re pollen and cross-reactivity, wise to check with your allergist.
FYI though, even in people with OAS, cooked fruit isn't usually an issue.

Allergic to soy, peanut, shellfish, penicillin

PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:26 pm 

Joined: Mon Sep 05, 2005 12:53 am
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Location: Alberta
I've been told from different doctors that almonds are closer to a fruit than a nut, are in the plum family, and that peaches are the closest true relative. My son is severely allergic to some tree nuts, but not almonds - as we discovered through his inadvertent exposure to them through Honey Nut Cheerios. Good question about the cherries ... since almonds are more allergenic though, I wouldn't exclude cherries necessarily, but maybe try a challenge in the parking lot of a hospital. (Sorry ... my mom was a nurse, and she joked about how she always made sure we were in the parking lot of the hospital the first time each one of her kids was prescribed penicillin ... and good thing! I was anaphylactic!)

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