Potato Allergy???

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By Lindajo on Tue, 11-15-05, 14:24

DD was eating roasted potatos last night (just potatos tossed in canola oil with garlic powder, parsley flakes and pepper) and after she ate a couple she started grabbing her cheeks and they became red. She told me that whenever she eats potatos, sometimes even french fries, that her cheeks feel "tight". No hives or other symptoms.

Have any of you heard of a potato allergy? Could this be some sort of reaction to potatos? I guess it could happen, but this is just happening now. She's eaten potatos before and french fries numerous times with no problems (or so I thought!). Could it have been the oil or garlic powder (maybe it was old?)?

I'll probably have to test for potatos next.

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By JacksonsMom on Tue, 11-15-05, 14:44

A friend of mine actually has a potato allergy. He's had it since he was a kid. Can't eat fries, chips, or even potato bread. He doesn't carry an epipen, so I don't know how severe, or if there is a potential for anaphylaxis. (I guess the potential is always there with any allergy). It is the only allergy he has.

I don't know how common it is, but yes, it is possible [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By rebekahc on Tue, 11-15-05, 16:00

DS is allergic to white potatoes. Fries and chips seem to bother him less than baked or mashed potatoes do, but we avoid them all. They make his throat itch. We read labels for potato ingredients and are also careful with modified food starch (could be potato unless it's listed as another kind of starch - you can call and find out what kind of starch it is). We give DS sweet potatoes instead. He really likes them baked with butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, and honey as toppings. Some people who are allergic to potatoes can tolerate one kind but not another - russet might be bad for them but youkon gold is fine, etc. If her reactions are mild enough, you might play around with varieties of potato and find one or more she's okay with.

Good luck!
Rebekah

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By srujed on Tue, 11-15-05, 16:00

I have a friend whose daughter has multiple food allergies, potato used to be one of them but she did outgrow it.

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By Lindajo on Wed, 11-16-05, 14:21

Thanks, everyone! I just thought it was odd for her as she's eaten potatos many times before. She's eaten Wendy's french fries the frozen ones (McCain, OreIda) and has also had Lay's potato chip products with no problems.

I never thought about it being on certain types of potatos, something I will definitely look for. Maybe some sort of acidic level in the potatos? I'm going to have to keep my eye on it.

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