Antibiotics Suspected in Girl's Allergic Reaction to Blueberry Pie

September 3, 2014 5:05 PM

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Antibiotics Suspected in Girl's Allergic Reaction to Blueberry Pie

A girl in Canada experienced an unusual allergic reaction to blueberry pie — she was not allergic to any of the pie's ingredients, but instead reacted to antibiotic residue in the food, a new study suggests. Shortly after eating blueberry pie, the girl experienced facial flushing, hives and abnormal breathing. She was taken to an emergency room, treated with drugs used for allergic reactions, and recovered.

Although the patient was allergic to milk, an analysis showed the pie did not contain milk. Tests for allergies to other ingredients, such as blueberries, eggs or nuts, all came back negative. Further analysis showed that the pie contained residue from an antibiotic. The doctors tested the girl for ...

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