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Does a tingly mouth mean an allergy?

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By bethc on Mon, 11-06-06, 17:47

There have always been a few foods, all my life, that have made my mouth tingle. Does this happen to everybody, or is always a sign of an allergy? I'm talking mild. For instance, celery does that, and I've always assumed everyone felt it. Now I read that people are allergic to celery.

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By caryn on Mon, 11-06-06, 18:16

when my son says that-- i write down what food he was eating and save it for the next time he is tested -- he has said it about apples, bananas and strawberries and is 4+ to all and this summer said it about watermellon -- and he decided not to continue eating it even though he liked it.

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By starlight on Mon, 11-06-06, 18:54

Not necessarily. That happens to me ALL the time. Chocolate definately does it, and some other foods I can't think of right now. Most have a high acidic content.

It's definately not an allergy in my case, because 1) I've been tested for the foods and tests came up negative, 2) I've tried benedryl for it and it doesn't get any better or worse and there are absolutely no other symptoms, and 3) the exact same tingling happens when I stick my tongue out of my mouth for about 10 seconds and it starts to dry out.

I think I just have a sensitive tongue, which might be due in some part to acid reflux. Like, I don't know if this happens to anyone else, but when I eat a lot of something that's sour or covered in sugar (like sour patch kids, for example), my tastebuds literally get burned off. It's like I've sipped burning hot liquid, and it takes about half a day until my tongue gets back to normal.

So I just try to ignore it since it is inevitable. I stuck my tongue out over a minute ago while I was typing this and it's still stinging and probably will for another 5 minutes. But it IS important to get tested for the foods it happens with if you're having any other symptoms. And it's probably not a bad idea if you aren't having any other symptoms, just in case and for peace of mind.

ETA: just re-read your post...when I have tingling it's 99.9% of the time confined to just my tongue, not my whole mouth. I don't know if that makes a difference or not.

[This message has been edited by starlight (edited November 06, 2006).]

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By mommamia8 on Mon, 11-06-06, 19:20

Hmmm. I don't know. I've always had some mild itching (not tingling) to certain fruits and nuts. Now that I have read up on things since ds was diagnosed, I found out I have Oral Allergy Syndrome. I don't know if this is what you may be experiencing too.
Maybe google it and see if your symptoms fit.

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By LisaM on Mon, 11-06-06, 20:17

Are you allergic to birch pollen? it cross reacts with celery. I even sometimes react to *cooked* celery if I eat too much.

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By Peg541 on Mon, 11-06-06, 22:05

I know a woman whose mouth always tingled when she ate peanuts. Her whole life, into her 50's. She never thought anything of it. One day she ate fries cooked in peanut oil. By the time she got to the ER she was in full cardiac arrest.

I would say a tingly mouth is a perfect sign of a food allergy and needs to be investigated.


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By krc on Tue, 11-07-06, 00:03

It's one of my dd's first symptoms. I'd have it checked out.

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By lilpig99 on Tue, 11-07-06, 03:05

Worth looking into? Yes! I know DD had the tingles when eating mango this summer. She did *not* like the feeling it gave her. Come to find out, mango is related to the cashew family...which she is anaphylactic to. Allergist said she must avoid mango from now on, no they didn't test her. They now consider her mango allergic due to the mouth tingling/cashew relation.

Worth mentioning to an allergist for sure.

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By TJuliebeth on Tue, 11-07-06, 04:44

My mouth tingles with cinnamon. If I eat enough of it, I'll get sores on my tongue (I did this a few times as a kid with Big Red chewing gum.)...so now, I just don't eat cinnamon.
If it's just celery, or foods you can easily avoid and won't miss much, you could just eliminate it from your diet...if its a food you eat alot of,if you would miss it, if its a common cooking ingredient, or if you just want to know for sure...I'd say get tested.

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By bethc on Wed, 11-08-06, 15:45

Sorry this is kind of an off-topic! I was mostly wondering in general, because I keep reading different people's posts saying that they've started getting a tingly mouth from eating certain foods. So I guess if someone experiences that, they need to seriously consider OAS or a food allergy.

I was tested for tree pollens as a teenager and those were all negative. But celery has done that to me since childhood, and apples do off and on. Raw only. I'm badly allergic to ragweed, but based on the list our allergist gave me, OAS from ragweed would only explain why ripe bananas sometimes make my mouth tingle. Boy, I never suspected I had a food allergy, but now I'm suspecting a mild one to celery! Seriously, I've always thought that's why most people disliked celery. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I asked my DH if he gets that tingly feeling from it, and he said, no, he just doesn't like the taste.

I guess I've had a glimpse into the mind of a toddler who's allergic to peanuts but no one knows it (DD was one); they don't like peanut butter because it feels bad to eat, and they don't know they're feeling something unusual.

My DH said, "So that's where it came from!" about our DD's PA. He's teasing me, but there's a smidge of relief in there, I think, since his family's allergic history is even worse than mine. Even though you can't control it, you think about what you passed on to your child.

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By LisaM on Wed, 11-08-06, 17:49

Hmmmm...I think apple cross reacts with birch too. Maybe you have developed a birch pollen allergy!

It is quite common to develop environmental allergies late on in life if you are genetically predisposed to do so.

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