melon cross reaction??

Posted on: Sat, 08/31/2002 - 1:57am
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pSurprisingly, I was the one who had some sort of reaction last night! I was at a dinner theatre and had just finished eating my salad when my arms starting itching. After a few minutes I realized that I had hives and flushing up and down my arms. It took me by surprise because the only allergy I have is to ragweed (hayfever). It's always the kids I have to monitor closely! This time of year of course is the worst time for my hayfever allergy and I have been taking Allegra. I told my friend I was with that if I did start getting worse I have an Epipen in my purse (for the kids). My arms were also warm feeling. I remembered that I had a first aid kit in the car with generic Benadryl tablets so I took one. I don't know that I really needed it or not but wanted to be safe. The reaction subsided.br /
The only thing I could figure had caused it was the canteloupe in my salad. I've always heard that with ragweed allergies a person can have an oral allergy to melon. I didn't have any oral symptoms except I do remember I kept getting the lettuce caught in my throat-maybe my throat was a little irritated. Who knows??? Anybody else have a similiar type reaction?/p

Posted on: Sat, 08/31/2002 - 4:00am
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I used to have a severe ragweed allergy, and I stopped eating cantaloupe because when I ate it I got severe itching of my throat. It was very unpleasant. I never had any skin symptoms though. Eventually I got allergy shots for the ragweed allergy (other environmental allergens too), and ever since I have been able to eat cantaloupe with no problems. I have heard that "oral allergy symdrome" is common in people with ragweed allergy, and one of the big causes is cantaloupe (also raw carrots, bananas, and some others). However, I also read that oral allergy syndrome is only supposed to cause oral symptoms. I still think yours was due to cantaloupe or maybe a real food allergy (new onset) to something else you ate. What else did you eat? Any of the major 8 allergens? (milk, eggs, nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat). I think it would be pretty unlikely for most of those to start in adulthood, but I have read that sometimes allergies to shellfish, peanuts, or tree nuts start in adulthood.

Posted on: Sat, 08/31/2002 - 8:45am
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There is cross sensitivity between melon and ragweed. I have read this many times plus my daughter is allergic to both.

Posted on: Sat, 08/31/2002 - 11:05am
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I had eaten crackers (variety) with a cheese spread. The salad had lettuce,sprouts, sesame seedlike croutons, melon and a papaya chutney dressing. I had the same crackers and salad three weeks earlier without any problems. The only difference I can think of is my ragweed allergy had really kicked in this past two weeks. I think it must be the melon. Thanks for your thoughts!
tkiamly

Posted on: Sat, 08/31/2002 - 11:45am
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tkiamly,
Ragweed allergies just made our front page of our local newspaper a couple days ago. I was so surprised to find so many foods in the ragweed family, one of which I remember was honeydew melon, among several others. The article said someone with a severe ragweed allergy could possible react from one of these foods during ragweed season. They specifically mentioned an anaphylactic reaction. I never knew of this before and was very surprised.

Posted on: Sun, 09/01/2002 - 3:35am
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I not only can no longer eat any kind of melon, I can't even smell cantaloupe anymore. When they have those big displays of melons in the supermarket, I have to avoid the aisle all together. Drag, eh?
Amy

Posted on: Sun, 09/01/2002 - 6:42am
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Interesting-Ryan's mom! I'm glad I only had a mild reaction and had Benadryl with me! Going Nuts-personally canteloupe is one of my favorite fruits...I can usually eat it with no problems...but I don't eat it that often. Thanks for your responses!

Posted on: Sun, 09/01/2002 - 7:21am
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My husband has severe ragweed allergies and severe (anaphalactic) reactions to any kind of melon (cantelope being the worst but he also has smell reactions to watermelon). He just ended up in the ER last year due to it. I showed him this thread and he said to mention he can't have anything with Nutrasweet in it. Don't know if it is a separate from the melon or if there is some connection but he ended up in the ER a few years ago after have a "sip" of a diet soda!
Karen

Posted on: Wed, 09/04/2002 - 12:41am
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Wood145- Your comments were interesting also: I don't usually use artificial sweeteners unless drinking iced tea. The night I broke out I was drinking iced tea with Equal-does it contain Nutrasweet?
Thanks for your comments!

Posted on: Thu, 09/05/2002 - 9:03am
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tkiamly,
yes, Equal and Nutrasweet both contain aspartame (sp?). I know there has been some controversy about aspartame not being good for you, etc. But he does have an actual allergy to it, or something else that is in artificial sweeteners that contain aspartame. You might want to avoid them also. Good luck, Karen

Posted on: Fri, 10/25/2002 - 2:51pm
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Cross reactions are what cause me a lot of problems too, and are probably to blame for my tree nut allergies. I have a severe pollen allergy (trees, grass, weeds), plus dust,and cats, and now also can't eat apples, peaches, apricots, necterines, pears, cherries, kiwi, plums, almonds, walnuts, and hazelnuts. I get severe itching, numbness, hives, or swelling. It's weird! I can eat the fruits cooked (like apple pie) but not raw.
But the nutrasweet doing that? Wow.

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