Tomatoes?!? - Peanut Allergy Information


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My 19 month old daughter has now developed an allergy to tomatoes? She has always eaten spagetti sauce and ketchup just fine, but last week she got bad excema under her arms (mostly in the creases) after having a few diced tomatoes. She had it for a couple days. Then yesterday she broke out all around her mouth after eating french fries and ketchup. I had to pull over on the side of the road and give her benedryl. I thought I had just rubbed her face too hard at the restaurant, but it got worse as we went home. She has such sensitive skin so I'm really confused. Does anyone else have an allergy to tomatoes also along with peanuts? So far I had thought peanuts were her only allergy. The only thing I can think of is the fries were cooked in peanut oil, but wouldn't her reaction have been much worse like in the past? They told me vegetable oil, though...but that doesn't explain the excema she had before. Can you be allergic to seasonings? Any thoughts out there? Thanks so much! Shan [img][/img]

On Oct 8, 1999

Shan, Allergies are so puzzling aren't they?? Adding eczema to it all even makes it much more confusing. It has taken me years to determine that my son's eczema is totally unrelated to his food. During his infancy and toddler years I was just sure that it was food that caused a flare up but through elimination diets I discovered that the eczema was related more or less to environmental allergens and air temperature and humidity. This may also be the case with your daughter, though it may not be. My allergist told me that very few cases of eczema are actually food related. While individuals with allergies tend to have eczema also, it is usually not the direct cause of the allergies but just part of the "allergic personality." Having said all that, tomatoes are highly acidic and she could be sensitive to that. If I eat too many tomatoes I get digestive problems and canker sores. I'm not allergic but I am obviously sensitive. Maybe at this age the tomato products are too acidic for her. This, of course, should be discussed with your allergist and possibly tested. Also, where I live now (in Virginia) we are going through a lot of temperature changes. Indoor heating is starting to be used in the daycare center, the humidity is gone, the air is dry and my son's skin looks like it is about to peel off. The inside of his fingers are all cracked and split open at the joints, his face is peeling, and his has huge patches of eczema on his legs. He looks awful. Just the other day his skin was looking good and I was giving him his bath. Right before my eyes he just "broke out" like you wouldn't believe. Red welts raised up on his ankles and creases of elbows. He had eaten nothing unusual and we were using nothing unusual in the bath. This is just how it goes with him and also my husband who has eczema and no food allergies. Christine

On Oct 9, 1999


tomatoes are high in histimine - as are strawberries and oranges, especially when they are very ripe. My son has multiple food allergies. He can eat the above foods, but in small amounts. He went off Zyrtec for more skin tests and I noticed that his eczema was worse and he broke out into a few hives when drinking orange juice. The one time I had to use the epi-pen (he drank a sip of milk) his ecezma in his "hot spots" got worse.

On Oct 9, 1999


some people are allergic to raw tomatoes, some to raw or cooked. Tomatoes have lots of something similar to iodine that's why doctors check for any history of tomato sensitivity before runnig test where iodine dye is being used. My son has had two reactions to spaghetti with sauce when toddler as ezcemia trigger and hives. He did not test allergic to tomatoes though when tested later.

As another posted on this site ezcema is so hard to figure out- my son's triggers are dust,pollen, first burst of cold weather, heat & sweating & some of his food allergies- white potato, chichen, egg. I'm wondering if oranges are delayed skin trigger as he keeps getting skin infections since he passed his doctor approved home challenge to oranges this summer. I've finally scheduled him to see specialist dermatologist at John Hopkins Hospital- I've had neg. experiences with most of local dermatologist's. The doctors already helped over the phone so hopefully son can stay off antibiotic's for awhile.

I hope this helps.



On Oct 9, 1999


My daughter is allergic to peanut products, eggs, and tomato.

She is slowly, at five years, beginning to tolerate very small amounts of egg in some baked goods. We still avoid egg, if she eats a cookie or piece of cake with a little egg in it, she may or may not get a rash. Her allergist told us not to give her any egg, just continue to avoid it because of her other allergies.

She has always been able to tolerate cooked tomato (no rash or very small) so it was hard for us to understand why she always got such a bad rash where ever RAW tomato touched her. She loves to eat raw tomato. I mentioned this problem to her allergist and he said something about cooking tomatoes changes some protein that is in the raw tomato. I do wish I could explain it better, but it was one of those passing conversations. Anyway, she would get a bad rash where ever raw tomto touched her. She now appears to be getting less sensitive to tomato. She has not had a problem with catsup, that I can recall.

She had a very bad problem with eczema before we knew about the food allergies. She had to have oatmeal baths, lotion three and four times a day, and no soap. Her little hands and ankles were so bad they would bleed. She couldn't wear socks or shoes. After we found and eliminated the foods she was allergic to, it was only a matter of weeks before her rash was 95 percent ( [img][/img] ) better.

One time her preschool gave her raw cookie dough for a project and we had to make an emergency trip to the allergist because she reacted severly to the raw egg in the cookie dough. She didn't eat it but she had it on her hands and must have rubbed her eyes. After having it on her hands it took about three weeks for the hand rash to clear.

Sue in Sunny Arizona

On Oct 10, 1999

My son had bad eczema before we uncovered his food allergies. He's allergic to peanuts/eggs/milk. We used to give him foods with eggs and milk baked in and he never reacted visibly, but I think it contributed to the problem. We've since eliminated all sources of egg and milk and his eczema is gone. About the same time, we switched from liquid baby soap (J&J) to Dove bar on advice of a friend, and this may have played a role too. His skin still tends to be dry but nothing Curel can't handle.

On Oct 18, 1999

An allergy to tomatoes is a tip off for a potential allergy to latex. This again can be a fatal allergy. You can have a blood test for this that is accurate. If she has shown a reaction to tomatoes please avoid all melons, bananas, potatoes until you find out (all of these items are high in latex a naturally occuring substance). Latex allergies build up like the peanut one but, seem to be a much slower.

My wife is allergic to latex and we carry an Epipen for her as well. She had a very serious reaction at her work (dental hygenist) and has had to stop working because of it.

You should also avoid ballons (latex) and there are a number of childrens toys that contain large amounts of latex.

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On Aug 13, 2004

I have been on a bit of a tomato binge over the last several days. I went to a farm stand and bought some farm fresh tomatoes that are delicious. I have had them in a variety of forms daily for the last few days and yesterday I woke up with hives all over my arms and neck. It is so itchy! I hope it wasn't the tomatoes as this is probably my favorite food on the earth but I think it may be. Thinking of calling the allergist.

On Aug 13, 2004

Wow, Christine your child sounds like mine! I thought for a while his excema was food related as well but once this seasonal allergy season hit his excema went haywire, also gets hives for no apparent reason sometimes during these months too, guessing that is sesaonal allergy related as well... Back to the original question though, there are some seasonings that my ds has reacted too, Lawry's steak seasoning being one of them. I try to make all of his food seasoning free just in case. Ds also gets hives from some fresh fruits such as melons, I think that is oral allergy syndrome??? He doesn't like raw tomatoes so I'm not sure if he reacts to these but he does eat spaghetti sauce and ketchup with no problem...

On Aug 15, 2004

Starting Over,

The same thing happens to my DH with oranges. He's fine if he eats them in moderation, but if he goes on a binge he ends up covered in hives. Stubborn as he is, he just ends up doing it again. [img][/img] "Hives? No stinkin' hives are going to keep [b]me[/b] from eating oranges."

Hope you don't have to start avoiding tomoatoes!


On Aug 16, 2004

Still covered in hives. I took benydryl last night and feel like I am in a fog still! I sent the boys off to school this morning and went back to bed until 10!

I called the Dr. and have an appointment this afternoon. I am not too optimistic. I feel like he will be just as mystified as I am but maybe he can give me something to calm the hives.

Amy, glad to hear that your DH can still tolerate some oranges. Hopefully I'll be able to still have some tomatoes. Sigh!

[This message has been edited by StartingOver (edited August 16, 2004).]