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So, like my whole life, I've had this reaction when eating bananas too frequently. The far back of the roof of mouth would tingle (sometimes) and my ears itch (on the inside).<br><br><br><br>
As an adult, I discovered (from using diaper-changing latex gloves) that I have a mild latex allergy. Since latex allergies/bananas are linked, this explained a lot, along with the nastiness that would ensue from latex bandages, when I was a kid.<br><br><br><br>
The symptoms were annoying, but very short lived (less than a hour probably), so I kept consuming bananas on occasion. A year or so ago, it started getting worse and happening every time I ate one. So now, I eat them on very occasionally, like once every 3-4 weeks. Now in the past month, it's happened three times while eating mango, once just about 1/2 hour ago.<br><br><br><br>
I don't like not eating bananas, but at least I seem to tolerate them in cooked things, and very occasionally. Mango, however, is one of my most favorite foods.<br><br><br><br>
Everything I read just says to avoid the food and hope that you "grow out" of the allergy/intolerance. However, I'm wondering if there's some other answer. I could eat mango just fine until recently, after all. The only other food it happens with is watermelon, occasionally.<br><br><br><br>
Anyone else have a strategy for the whole banana/latex/melon/chestnut allergy family?
 

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Avocado and kiwi are also related to latex. I wish I had a better solution but I mostly avoid. Avocado does me serious injury but kiwi just makes my lips and ears itch as you described.<br><br><br><br>
I have found that if I use the kiwi in a smoothie and drink with a straw I don't itch as it didn't touch my lips. However....that strategy is probably gonna bite me in the arse some day and i'll have an avocado sized reaction to kiwi. But until then......<br><br><br><br>
Maybe you could smoothie your mango?
 

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I do not have a strategy other than avoidance- I have a similar allergy. If I eat a banana I get a really bad rash around my mouth that will crack and bleed and my lips swell up all huge like. I am a nurse and was exposed to a lot of latex in the past before hospitals moved to eliminate much of it. It is really sad not being able to eat bananas because they seem to be used in a lot in vegan food. I also cannot eat walnuts - they burn the inside of my mouth- I used to be able to eat things like a cookie with walnuts so long as I picked the nuts out but now I cant even eat something a walnut has touched without the inside of my mouth feeling all shredded. I also get sores in my mouth when I eat kiwis- but I love them and so I ignore it! Avocados are in the same family of allergins and I will lay down and cry for days if I ever become sensitive to one!!!
 

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I would be very careful about eating offending foods even once in a while. You never know when your reaction will progress to full blown anaphylaxis.<br><br><br><br>
Have you seen an allergist? Maybe they could help with desensitizing.
 

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<span style="color:#008000;">I used to have the same exact reaction to bananas. I think I must have "grown out" of it somewhat because I don't notice it as much anymore.<br><br>
I am still very sensitive to kiwi and occasionally strawberries.<br><br><br><br>
I found that if I ate my bananas a little on the green side (still a tiny bit firm) that the reaction didn't occur as much.</span>
 

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Argh. I haven't seen an allergist, because the reaction wasn't severe, except to the latex gloves, which I then just avoided. If there is a way to desensitize, that would be awesome. I'm hoping that maybe it's just some coincidence, that's it's related to hormones or stress or something. I know it's irrational.<br><br><br><br>
I was telling IS today, that my mom used to think I was out of my gourd when I was little and I told her bananas made my ears itch. We didn't know so much about allergies then, and I think she thought I just didn't like bananas. 30 years later, I had to resist the temptation to say "I TOLD you so!" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
I used to react to peanut butter with a big rash, but that seems to have faded completely now, so there's hope I suppose.
 

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I react to all fruits and I have to avoid.<br><br><br><br>
My reactions are cross-reactions caused by tree and grass allergies. Maybe see an allergist?<br><br><br><br>
My tongue swells in ridges when I eat Freez-E-Pops.<br><br><br><br>
ETA: I'm being immunized for my tree and grass allergies so I will be able to eat fruit again in 6+ months.
 

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Jen I can tell you that repeated exposure to latex or the offending foods may eventually escalate the reaction, especially being exposed to latex.<br><br>
make sure you avoid it in all areas, and if you go to the doctor mention it so they note it..........its a pretty serious allergy and can escalate to anaphylaxis from repeated exposure.<br><br>
i would see an allergy doc for testing and they may have some suggestions.
 

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Huh, I get the same reaction, itchy burny mouth/back of throat/inner ears type thing with banana's and avocado's. I don't recall having problems with latex gloves though (but my hands are always sore and itchy and cracked at the knuckles anyway from constant handwashing so maybe I didn't notice). I always put it down to an amine intolerance as both these foods are high on the amine chart (as is tuna, not that it's a problem anymore) and chocolate is the same. Can you eat chocolate okay?<br><br><br><br>
Yep, sadly the only way to go about it is to avoid the offending substance, although you will have a tolerance threshold. For example you may be able to eat a mango one day but if you have another a day or 2 later you exceed your body's threshold and you get a reaction so it can take a bit of experimenting to learn how much your body can handle before it reacts <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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Chocolate's okay (knock on wood <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sweatdrop.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sweat:"> ) It happens on lesser levels with all sorts of foods...almonds, even carrots sometimes. That it's not consistent makes me think that there's some other factor in play. Maybe I eat bad combinations sometimes, or organic makes a difference, or my hormone levels, or something. Mangoes are on the out for now, but we'll see. The mouth reaction is not bad and goes away mostly once the contact is gone, but the ear thing makes me wanna scratch like a dog with fleas. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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The only thing im reaalllly allergic to is rum. ironic being a wannabe pirate hah. it makes the skin peel off my mouth, my throat go really dry for days (as in cant go 5 minutes without water) and my tongue go white and crack (or if im super lucky all the tastebuds kinda fall off and it goes shiny o_O). who knows what it does to my insides cause peeing is really uncomfortable/itchy for the next few days too.tmiiii there but ohwell. thats white rum, dark only makes my pee funny. it took years to learn that it was rum doing that to me not just part of a hangover. i feel so bad for you people with loads of allergies, feel like a lemon enough having to pester barstaff about thier booze let alone loads of other things!<br><br><br><br>
kiwi too, they make my face swell. i havent eaten one since i was 6 and can live kiwi free rather than trying that again.
 

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here is a website with a list of latex cross-reactives..including food. As the mum of two girls with some pretty severe food allergies, I will say that anything that makes you tingle is a "no-no." just how I say it to my gals. you are just putting yourself at risk for anaphylaxis (sp?) and even if you have never had a "bad" reaction, you never know when one might happen.<br><br>
The only way to desensitize yourself to the offending item is to avoid it completely (they say first challenge after a year)<br><br>
Sorry, our allergist is huge on, any reaction means you don't get to have it.<br><br><a href="http://www.latexallergyresources.org/topics/CrossReactiveAllergens.cfm" target="_blank"><br><br>
http://www.latexallergyresources.org/topics/CrossReactiveAllergens.cfm</a><br><br><br><br>
HTH <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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