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Is watermelon a common trigger for allergies?

Is watermelon a common trigger for allergies?

Possibly: There is something called oral allergy syndrome, where people who are allergic to ragweed, cannot eat the melon family. They get itching in the mouth and ears, and sometimes swelling. This occurs in people who are allergic to birch trees, and eat hazelnuts, or some fruits such as apple, plums, and nectarines. ...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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Could allergy to watermelon cause blisters on back of tongue?

Could allergy to watermelon cause blisters on back of tongue?

Not typical: You could certainly be allergic to watermelon. Typically an allergic reaction would show up as a burning, red and sore tongue. There are naturally large bumps on the back of the tongue called circumvallete papilla. These are normal. ...Read more

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I have mild to moderate allergies to chicken, beef, pork, strawberries, and watermelons. Will eating these foods keep me from losing weight?

I have mild to moderate allergies to chicken, beef, pork, strawberries, and watermelons.   Will eating these foods keep me from losing weight?

Food allergy: Food allergy has no relationship with wt gain or weight loss.If you have a true allergy to these foods, you should be careful and not eat any of these. ...Read more

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I have allergies to milk, peanuts, lemon, watermelon, and pears what to eat at theme park, what do you recommend?

I have allergies to milk, peanuts, lemon, watermelon, and pears what to eat at theme park, what do you recommend?

See allergist: It is unusual to be allergic to so many food items with totally different structures. You need to consult an allergist to first find out if you are indeed allergic before you can deal with your "allergies" effectively. In the meanwhile, ask questions in restaurants and read labels. ...Read more

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My 8y.O. Daughter recently developed allergies to cat and apple, pear & banana (itchy palate) but not to berries/watermelon. Seems like random food?

My 8y.O. Daughter recently developed allergies to cat and apple, pear & banana (itchy palate) but not to berries/watermelon.  Seems like random food?

Oral Allergy Syndrom: This is known as oral allergy syndrome. And it simply is a cross-reaction to her pollen allergies which is likely trees, grasses and/or weeds. See an allergist for testing and more information. http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/conditions-a-to-z-search/oral-allergy-syndrome-%28oas%29.aspx. ...Read more

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After i eat fruits like avocado, bananas, watermelon and mango it feels like my throat swells and some difficulty with breath. Is it an allergy?

After i eat fruits like avocado, bananas, watermelon and mango it feels like my throat swells and some difficulty with breath. Is it an allergy?

Yes: It is unusual since those are not all related kinds of fruits, depending how you group them (pit/stone vs not, tree vs ground, etc.). Consult an allergist for formal testing as there are likely others and your reactions will likely worsen with subsequent exposures, so you may need an epi-pen. ...Read more

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I had watermelon juice on sat nite, fine. Ate a sliver of w/melon on sunday, itchy throat and hoarse voice for an hour. Is it allergy? Do i worry?

Itchy throat, hoarse: Yes, you should be careful and get this checked out. Hoarseness can mean your vocal cords are swelling. This is a very dangerous symptom of a systemic allergy, because if they swell too much, they can close off your airway. You need to be tested for watermelon allergy. If it's positive you'll need to avoid watermelon and carry epipen (epinephrine). ...Read more

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Less than an hour After eating watermelon. Eyes red. Face red. Stuffy nose. Itching all over. Is it allergies or something else?

Less than an hour After eating watermelon. Eyes red. Face red. Stuffy nose. Itching all over. Is it allergies or something else?

Could Be: Given your symptoms and temporal relationship to eating watermelon, I would recommend getting allergy tested, and avoiding watermelon and similar foods until you get evaluated. ...Read more

Watermelon (Definition)

Watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant originally from southern africa. Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick ...Read more