Allergic to melon?

asxtb

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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?
 

asxtb

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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:
 

sonictruth

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Nov 18, 2004
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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.
 

sonictruth

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Nov 18, 2004
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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.
 

Doneau

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Sep 13, 2006
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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. :(
 

Liam1991

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Apr 2, 2007
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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
 

MongoTheGeek

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: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. :(
how about ranch dressing?
 

macmama

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Nov 26, 2006
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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.
 

devilot

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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
 

wongulous

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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.
 

TequilaBoobs

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Nov 12, 2006
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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.
 

Abstract

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I have a similar thing to oranges, my lips sting, swell and blister. :(
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. :(

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