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Is this possible? Allergic reaction to nightshades from only one state?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 05, 2012 at 4:06 AM

Aside from a mild gluten and lactose intolerance, I've never had any food allergies. I just visited my husband in NC and after eating salad, the inside of my mouth swelled - we're talking just-had-major-dental-work sized swelling complete with a set of puffy fish lips that Angelina Jolie would be jealous of. After a few days of trial and error, I ruled out all the other possibilities and determined that I was reacting to raw tomatoes (canned and cooked seem to be ok) though it never happened before... How could this be?

My guesses are different fertilizers, pesticides, or maybe I'm just somehow becoming allergic to them? I'm concerned enough that I don't want to eat raw tomatoes now that I'm back in MO because each time I reacted, the swelling became worse with even smaller amounts of tomato.

Anyone ever have a similar issue with nightshades?

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on May 06, 2012
at 03:34 AM

Enterolab has a nightshade testing protocol - along with gluten, soy, dairy, egg, etc. In any case you should avoid tomatoes until you know for sure.

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on May 05, 2012
at 04:25 PM

Wow. Your reaction was a LOT worse than mine. It's weird though since I'd think non-organic tomatoes are grown nearly the same way around our country. But I am leaning towards believing that it wasn't the tomato itself but something sprayed on it (though I did wash them before using them...). Guess I'll google how to do a wrist test. Thanks.

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

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on May 05, 2012
at 04:22 PM

I make my own dressing. Balsamic, evoo, spices. Didn't have any soy, wheat, gluten, etc. Nope. Didn't eat any raw egg... And i have ruled everything out. I'm 99% sure it was the tomatoes. And no, never bothered me before. Like I said, I've always been a tomato fan.

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on May 05, 2012
at 04:23 AM

I mean the mealy kind to tomato, not the kind you can get when they are in season.

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on May 05, 2012
at 04:21 AM

I'm sure. My salads are spinach, tomato, cucumber, carrot, avocado, and various proteins. I also reacted to guacamole made with the same tomatoes I used in the salad. I ruled out avocados, didn't react to plain avocado at all. Not sure what "Fake tomatoes in salad bars" you're talking about... I bought the tomatoes at the grocery store.

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on May 05, 2012
at 03:42 PM

I would say yes. I was in Colombia (south america) and had a banana and had to go to ER for an allergic reaction to my face (swelling from neck to eyes and red ears).

I wasnt sure what did it, so like a dummy the next day, ate another banana and back to the ER! conclusion, it was the banana.

I've since eaten bananas in other south american and american countries and not reacted. I was back in colombia in November last year and had a banana and all was well

So, considering this was a peeled fruit I found it odd, but obviously I got a batch of bananas that was clearly contaiminated with something that I reacted to. Was it the banana? I don't think so, i think it was something that got into the fruit, possibly a spray of some kind, we'll never know.

I'd imagine that now you are home it might be safe, but consider doing a wrist test at night with a bit of tomatoe and see if something happens there....probably safer that way for you.

These types of reactions can be dangerous so be careful, consider profes sional testing to be safe?

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on May 05, 2012
at 04:25 PM

Wow. Your reaction was a LOT worse than mine. It's weird though since I'd think non-organic tomatoes are grown nearly the same way around our country. But I am leaning towards believing that it wasn't the tomato itself but something sprayed on it (though I did wash them before using them...). Guess I'll google how to do a wrist test. Thanks.

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8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on May 05, 2012
at 04:13 AM

I have not had this reaction to nightshades. Are you sure it couldn't be from some other salad component in the salad? I don't eat the fake tomatoes in salad bars anyway.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on May 05, 2012
at 04:23 AM

I mean the mealy kind to tomato, not the kind you can get when they are in season.

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on May 05, 2012
at 04:21 AM

I'm sure. My salads are spinach, tomato, cucumber, carrot, avocado, and various proteins. I also reacted to guacamole made with the same tomatoes I used in the salad. I ruled out avocados, didn't react to plain avocado at all. Not sure what "Fake tomatoes in salad bars" you're talking about... I bought the tomatoes at the grocery store.

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8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

on May 05, 2012
at 03:02 PM

What was your dressing in the salad? Your allergic reaction could also be in soy, wheat, gluten etc.?

Do you have any shellfish or egg allergies?

Raw egg can be more allergenic and is often used in creamy dressings like Thousand Island, mayonnaise etc.

Commercial salad dressings and mayonnaise often have soy, gluten, etc. other allergens.

That's a dangerous allergy I wouldn't want to mess around with.

Have raw tomatoes bothered you any other time (not in NC)?

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6259)

on May 06, 2012
at 03:34 AM

Enterolab has a nightshade testing protocol - along with gluten, soy, dairy, egg, etc. In any case you should avoid tomatoes until you know for sure.

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on May 05, 2012
at 04:22 PM

I make my own dressing. Balsamic, evoo, spices. Didn't have any soy, wheat, gluten, etc. Nope. Didn't eat any raw egg... And i have ruled everything out. I'm 99% sure it was the tomatoes. And no, never bothered me before. Like I said, I've always been a tomato fan.

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