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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Essentially allergies occur when your immune system goes crazy and decides to has to fight against things it should be ignoring. The immune system of people without allergies simply ignores the pollen in the air or the dander on their cat while an allergic person's immune system creates cells to fight against the pollen or dander. The allergic reaction causes the ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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