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

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Banana allergy is not that common.
Make an appointment with you allergists. After the obtain a history and perform a physical exam they may suggest skin testing with a commercial reagent and / or they may use a fresh piece of banana. Alternatively they may order a blood test. If there is a degree of suspicious for banana allergy and the testing does not help a food challenge may be done.

In brief: No

Banana allergy is not that common.
Make an appointment with you allergists. After the obtain a history and perform a physical exam they may suggest skin testing with a commercial reagent and / or they may use a fresh piece of banana. Alternatively they may order a blood test. If there is a degree of suspicious for banana allergy and the testing does not help a food challenge may be done.
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