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Is a banana allergy common and how do you test for it?

Is a banana allergy common and how do you test for it?

Think latex: Banana allergy is not very common. Recent development of reactions to banana when you've eaten bananas for years without problems suggest cross-reactivity with latex and a potentially dangerous latex allergy. Discuss this with your primary care physician or consult a board-certified allergist. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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What are signs of banana allergy?

What are signs of banana allergy?

Often itchy mouth or: Rash or if severe -- trouble breathing or swelling. The symptoms are similar to any food allergic reaction--nothing specific about banana allergy. Check out this link. http://www.foodallergy.org/. ...Read more

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Can someone have a banana allergy?

Can someone have a banana allergy?

Banana and latex : Banana allergy isn't common, but can occur especially in individuals that are allergic (ige mediated) to latex. ...Read more

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What do I need to know about banana allergy?

What do I need to know about banana allergy?

Avoidance: As with any food allergy, the only treatment is avoidance. However, if the allergy is mild (e.g., little more than itching in the mouth when eating it), it may be a cross-reaction from a ragweed allergy. If that's the case, allergy injections will very likely make the itching go away. See an allergist for skin testing, so you can find out what is really going on and what you can do about it. ...Read more

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I think I developed a banana allergy but I don't know symptoms?

Banana Allergy: The spectrum of symptoms associated with food allergies can vary, but may range from oral itching and lip, tongue or throat swelling to abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, hives, wheezing, shortness of breath, dizziness and syncope (fainting). Banana allergy is sometimes seen as a cross-reaction in individuals sensitive to ragweed pollen, also reacting to latex, melons, and kiwi. ...Read more

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I think I developed a banana allergy but what are the symptoms?

I think I developed a banana allergy but what are the symptoms?

Mouth itching, hives: Some patients with banana allergies may have cross reactivity with pollen allergies, with mouth itching, but on occasion can also have more serious symptoms such as throat swelling and trouble breathing. ...Read more

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My son developed hives and I wonder if it was because he ate some green bananas. Can hives be caused by a banana allergy?

My son developed hives and I wonder if it was because he ate some green bananas. Can hives be caused by a banana allergy?

Generally not: Hives due to food allergy will typically start between 10 and 60 minutes after eating a food, and last for several hours - typically gone by the next day. They will not come back after that, unless the same food is eaten again. Recurrent hives regardless of any recurring ingestion or exposure should be investigated by an allergist. ...Read more

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I get terrible gut aches after i eat bananas? Is there an allergy test for this?

I get terrible gut aches after i eat bananas? Is there an allergy test for this?

No: Allergy tests for food are most helpful if a person has a history of a systemic reaction immediately after eating a food. This may include itchy mouth and throat, vomiting, hives and itching all over, swelling of the tongue or throat, asthma attack and allergic shock. Isolated stomach reactions to foods aren't allergic and dont carry the risk of shock. There are no allergy tests for this. ...Read more

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What is the most common intolerance or allergy test for dark ciircles?

Allergic Shinners: I assume you refer to dark circles under the eyes. These are called allergic shiners, but they can be caused by multiple things. They can be caused by a back flow of blood and dilatation of blood vessels due to congestion in the nasal passages. Any allergen can cause this and general allergy testing can determine this cause. Other causes include natural color, congestion from other causes. Etc. ...Read more