Doctor insights on:
Potato Chip Allergy
Yes, but uncommon: Sweet potato has been identified as a trigger of food induced colitis in infants. This is an unusual disorder. Theoretically, any food can potentially trigger an allergic disorder. Sweet potato would be an uncommon cause. An allergist can test specifically for sweet potato to help sort this out. ...Read more
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
Not sure: It would be unusual for one to be allergic to sweet potatoes but possible. Not sure what is meant by can a sweet potatoe trigger an allergy. ...Read more
Like other foods: Food allergy usually starts within 30 min. And involves some or all following: itchy/swollen lips/mouth/throat, nausea, vomitting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, flushing, itchy skin, hives, chest tightness, wheezing, runny/stuffy nose, itchy/watery eyes, lightheadedness/low bp. It is rare to have a single symptom except itchy mouth and symptoms resolve within 24 hours. ...Read more
True allergy rare: True potato allergy unusual and would have typical multi-organ symptoms, e.g. Itchy/swollen mouth/throat, GI upset, hives, low bp. More common is oral allergy syndrome due to allergic antibodies to birch or grass pollen that cross react with potato protein and cause itchy, slightly swollen lips, mouth, throat and can be prevented by thorough cooking of the potato. ...Read more
Food allergy: Allergy to any food, in this case potato will cause symptoms of oral itching, lip or tongue swelling, hives, breathing difficulty and/or throat closure etc. It is caused by IgE antibody against a specific protein in the food. Food allergy is diagnosed with clinical history followed by skin or blood test and that information helps establish the diagnosis and severity of the allergy ...Read more
Depends on reaction: If you have a systemic reaction involving multiple symptoms (itchy mouth, GI symptoms, itchy skin, wheeze, etc) then you probably have a true allergy and must avoid all potato. If all you get is itchy mouth (and you have spring hayfever) then you may have oral allergy syndrome, where allergic antibody to birch pollen cross-reacts with potato, so may be able to eat well cooked potato. Consult md. ...Read more
If I eat the same food almost every day (sweet potato) or rice :) can I develop and allergy to it?
No: Allergy to foods is determined through complex interaction between genetics and environment, ...Read more
I was diagnosed with a white potato allergy and was wondering if I have to avoid all potatoes or can I eat sweet potatoes?
Not necessarily: I'm not sure how you were diagnosed with white potato allergy, but it does not mean you are allergic to sweet potatoes. I would recommend testing with a board certified allergist to confirm these allergies. ...Read more
generally yes: The most common foods for oral allergy syndrome now known as pollen-food allergy syndrome is melons, banana, apple and other fresh fruits and some vegetables. Potato allergy is uncommon. Typically, it is the "raw" fruit or vegetable that has the heat sensitive protein. Since potato chips are cooked they are usually very well tolerated. ...Read more
Can you tell me in wheat intolerance diet potato has been included whereas in wheat allergy diet it has been avoided.why?
No reason: In both cases potato can be included. There is no relation of potato to wheat. Potato is not a grain. ...Read more
I have just been diagnosed with oral allergy pollen syndrome. If I'm intolerant of orchard (white potatoes, tomatoes), can I have sweet potatoes?
Been having excess mucus after I eat almost anything. Is it an allergy to the food? Had it tonight with sweet potato. Or could it be bc of GERD?
Hard to know: Secretions from the nasal mucosa that increase after a meal is usually due to firing of nerves related to food digestion, but that have side effects in the nose. Its called gustatory rhinitis and is treatable with nasal medication if severe or bothersome. Acid reflux can certainly worsen rhinitis, but usually not immediately unless there is also heartburn/metalic taste. Not food allergy. ...Read more
I have oral allergy syndrome. If I'm intolerant of orchard (potatoes), does that include the starch or just the protein from the real food? :(
Doctor suggested elimination diet to see if symptoms caused by food allergies. Can I eat potatoes on diet? What is your opinion on this form of action?
This is a good way: To see if any of your foods are causing your symptoms. You should start by eating what you would normally eat, but eliminate one food for about 1 week and see if the symptoms go away. If not, move on to eliminating a 2nd food...and so on. Potatoes are generally not very allergenic, depending on how they are cooked and what else is added to them. You can do the same trial with them. ...Read more
Does a +2 on a skin allergy test mean that you should not eat anything with that item in it? The foods are milk, yeast, potato and rice
Whoa: If someone has told you to shun everything to which you have supposed skin sensitivity, please get a second opinion. I'm not an allergist, but food allergies are best determined by your clinical response to a particular food. Skin tests are adjuncts at best & often misleading. Nowadays, people are disrupting their lives and those of others by overly-restrictive diets from weak evidence like this. ...Read more
Ate chicken soup w carrots, celery, potato & rice. 5 min in, my mouth & tongue went numb. Allergy?
Possibly,: Was it homemade or commercially processed? Many commercially processed soups contain preservatives and flavoring/coloring agents which you may be sensitive to but not a true allergy. Do some dective work, read the labels carefully and try a good homemade organic recipe. ...Read more
When I eat diary produtcs and patato I get itchy scalp and thin hair but when don't eat symptoms get disappear prick test of food allergy is negative?
Great Detective work: The hardest part in diagnosing adverse reactions to foods is to tie in the right food with the symptoms. You have already found the offending foods. It doesn't matter that the skin test is negative. It appears that your symptoms are too mild to elicit a positive prick skin test or the antigen may have been changed when the testing material was prepared. Continue to avoid potato and dairy. ...Read more