Allergic to melon?

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  1. asxtb macrumors 6502

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    I was talking with my mom the other day and she mentioned my brother is probably allergic to watermelon. She said that whenever he eats it, his mouth and throat get numb/tingly. Well, I have same symptoms! I've eaten melons for 25 years and had always had these symtoms but never realized I was supposedly allergic.

    So, if there are any doctors out there, since I love melon, if I continue to eat it will it get worse. Anyone else allergic to melons?
     
  2. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    Same here, but I eat it regardless and take an extra antihistamine if needs be.
     
  3. asxtb thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Just found that it may be Oral Allergy Symptom. Supposedly 40% of people with Hayfever develop OAS to fresh fruits and vegetables. The symptoms occur almost immediately and involve oral 'itching.' I suppose that's me. :eek:
     
  4. iGav macrumors G3

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    I have a similar thing to oranges, my lips sting, swell and blister. :(
     
  5. Dr.Gargoyle macrumors 65816

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    God forbid... I love watermelons, the only thing I ate during the heatwave. I would literally die if I became allergic to watermelons. Didn't even knew you could be allergic to watermelons. I mean it is like 99% water...:confused:
     
  6. glassbathroom macrumors 6502

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    I'm allerigic to Apple, but only on a Tuesday.
     
  7. sonictruth macrumors member

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    Got it too. It started during college years with apples, then pears, then oranges. After a year or so, I couldn't drink orange juice or other fruit juices. Eventually it became all fresh fruits and vegetables.

    Does anyone find that they can eat salad, but with tons of dressing on the lettuce? Hot apple pie is ok, but apples are death? Same with broccoli (my favorite veg)?

    I'll take any solution out there to deal with this affliction better. I never meet people with the same problem (one in the past 10 yrs). All suggestions welcome! And thanks.
     
  8. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    Do you take antihistamines? I take Loratadine daily anyway, which helps, but I still get the tingling.
     
  9. sonictruth macrumors member

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    No, I've never taken antihistamines - is loratadine an over the counter option?

    I went to an allergist about 7 or 8 yrs ago, and the only solution they offered was allergy shots twice a week, only during their office hours (my work hours), and it seemed like an expensive and time-consuming ordeal. I haven't dealt with it since other than taking vitamins. But, if OTC drugs might work, or least help, I'd certainly give that a go.
     
  10. G5Unit macrumors 68020

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    Sometimes when I eat a banana my mouth starts to tingle and itch. But only sometimes.
     
  11. Doneau macrumors newbie

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    Melons - yuck!

    :eek: I am extremely allergic to all types of melons as well as cucumbers. While for some here I have read there is a tingling or numbness, if I eat even a small piece of melon, I go into anaphylactic shock. Thank god for Epi-Pens (epinephrine). On a wierder note, I can eat dill pickles all day and not have a reaction, but a cucumber causes anaphylaxis as well. :(
     
  12. swingerofbirch macrumors 68030

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    My mouth and throat get weird with melons and strawberries. I eat them sometimes anyway. I also have celiac sprue, but the type that causes no physical symptoms.
     
  13. Liam1991 macrumors newbie

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    Illergic to melon

    I have this problem. I have a strange itching and swelling sensation around my lips. A simalar thing happens with oranges and grapes. :D
     
  14. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    how about ranch dressing?
     
  15. macmama macrumors regular

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    Melons are notoriously allergenic. They're brutal for me, especially honeydew.

    Be careful with exposures, as often with food allergies, the reactions grow worse with each time you eat them. Benadryl is good to keep on hand for lesser reactions, but if you get hives/throat closure, you should talk to your doc about an epi-pen.

    Don't despair though... often you grow out of these types of allergies (personally, my food allergies peaked in awful-ness from about ages 14-18). Nut allergies, on the other hand, you usually have for life.

    Hang in there.
     
  16. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    Y'all realize that Liam1991 resurrected this thread from '06, right? :p

    Okay, and anytime I see or hear the word 'melon' I think of this. :D
     
  17. nbs2 macrumors 68030

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    Yeah - but it's late 06.:D
     
  18. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    D'oh!
     
  19. wongulous macrumors 6502a

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    My partner used to only get tingles when he ate strawberries. Then two summers ago he and I were on a picnic eating a bowl of them we had cleaned and packed, and his throat closed up and now even a swipe of strawberry jelly on his arm causes hives, and I am assuming, would still cause great harm or death if ingested. Thank goodness for antihistamines and hospitals.
     
  20. TequilaBoobs macrumors 6502a

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    i get the itchy sensation after i eat apples, pears, cherries, peaches and plums. really weird, but gratifying to hear others have the same allergy.
     
  21. dcv macrumors G3

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    Meh, just shove a funnel in and pour in a litre of vodka!
     
  22. Teh Don Ditty macrumors G4

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    You've read my mind. If I became allegeric to vodka, I wouldn't know what to do with myself :eek:

    Mmmmm..... vodka.
     
  23. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I'm not allergic, but I get canker sores in my mouth from eating acidic fruits like oranges, pineapple, and even from drinking apple juice.

    Funny thing is that oranges are my favourite fruit, and yet I can't have them without risking a sore in my mouth that hurts very badly.....almost to the point where I can't talk. :(

    I had no idea you could be allergic to melons, particularly watermelon. To me, watermelon was essentially water with natural sugars. I didn't think there was much to them.
     
  24. smueboy macrumors 6502a

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    hmm.... i might try that. I love melons. i love vodka. perfect.
     
  25. wongulous macrumors 6502a

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    You're supposed to use everclear in watermelons. Duh. :rolleyes:
     

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