Fruit Allergy

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Healthy eating has become a trend nowadays. Eating more fresh fruits is desired by most who are concerned about their lifestyle, wellbeing, and overall health. However, this may not be a healthy option for those with allergies to some fruits.

Which fruits cause allergic reactions? How do you know if you have a fruit allergy?

Apricots, bananas, cherries, kiwis, melons, papayas, peaches, pineapples, plums, and strawberries are certain fruits that are known to cause allergies.

The most common symptom is oral allergy syndrome, characterized by allergic reactions in the mouth and throat. There can be tingling, itching, and swelling in the mouth, lips, tongue, throat, and palate. Watery itchy eyes, a runny nose and sneezing can accompany the reactions. Those with hay fever are most susceptible, especially spring hay fever due to birch pollen, and summer hay fever due to ragweed pollen. They can develop allergic reactions when they eat cross-reactive fruits. Kiwis, strawberries, apples, pears, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, papaya, and pineapples are usual culprits.

Other symptoms include pruritis (itching), urticaria (hives), contact dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, and asthma. Handling of fresh fruits like peeling or touching the juice to the lips may cause rashes, itching or swelling where the juice comes in contact with the skin, sneezing, a runny nose, and watery eyes. Strawberries and plums can trigger allergic rashes. Apples and oranges trigger asthma.

More severe symptoms include vomiting, cramps, diarrhea, and on rare occasions, life threatening anaphylactic reactions such as swelling of the throat, wheezing, and trouble breathing. Bananas can sometimes cause anaphylaxis.

What are the best ways to manage a fruit allergy?

Usually, allergic reactions occur when the fruits are raw. Once the fruits are cooked, canned, microwaved, processed, baked, or heated in any way, the allergic effects are reduced. So even if someone is allergic to fresh apples, they will be able to tolerate eating apple sauce, apple jelly, apple juice, apple pie, and dried apples.

Also, note that the most allergenic part of the fruit is the skin, however, not due to the pesticides, chemicals, or wax on its surface. So those who are allergic to fruits such as peaches can eat the flesh without trouble, as long as the skin is peeled away.

The ripeness of the fruit can also determine how allergenic it can get. Freshly picked apples, or unripe apples, may cause milder allergic reactions versus apples that are very ripe, or those that have been stored for weeks after picking.

See if peeling the fruit, or eating partially ripe fruits picked directly from the tree, will result in milder allergies. If the reactions are the same as before, stop eating that certain fruit.

So the best thing that can be done is simply to avoid the fruits that give you allergies, and as long as this is done, medical treatment will not be necessary. But once allergic reactions occur, antihistamine can be taken to relieve symptoms. For severe cases, immunotherapy may be recommended.

To supplement the nutritional aspects of your diet, substitute with other fruits such as grapes, currants, gooseberries, guava, mango, figs, avocado, persimmon, and pomegranates. Consult your general practitioner or any healthcare provider to suggest other healthy alternatives.

94 Comments »

I have been looking for a site like this for awhile, I’ve been allergic to fruit since I was a child, to all kinds, including some candy and all juices. Makes eating healthy a real challenge. If anyone has any adivce for allergys like this, please post them!

September 14th, 2010 | 7:51 am
lisha:

every time i eat a banana or any fruit my gum’s start to itch really bad and my mouth how do i found out if iam allergic

September 17th, 2010 | 5:46 pm
ty:

I am 37 and and found out I was allergic to fruit when I was 14. It started with bananas. Over time I found out that all fresh fruit and most frest vegetables make my mouth itch intensley. If too much is consumed, I break out in hives. I agree, it is hard to be healthy with this allergy!

September 22nd, 2010 | 10:10 pm
sean:

Thanks for this information.I have many allergies and only recently developed fruit allergies namely apples, peaches, nectarines, and others. I especially found the skin information really interesting.

September 27th, 2010 | 5:43 pm
fany:

five years ago i started feeling so lightheaded with every kind of fresh fruit, i can eat a whole cake without feeling bad but im not abble to eat half apple since i become ill.

September 30th, 2010 | 5:29 am
K T:

Thank you for this information. I recently had swollen lips due to bananas…now i say bye bye to bananas forever…

October 12th, 2010 | 5:28 am
ara:

I have hives and itching whenever I eat any sugar at all, especially in fruit. Does anyone know if fruit powders in vitamin capsules have any sugar content? That is never on the label

October 17th, 2010 | 6:44 am
trinh:

I’ve had oas since I could remember, probably since I was around 5. Eating all fruits would cause itching and instantaneous vomiting. So from the age of 5 until 21 I never ate any raw fruits. Finally one day my roommate offerred me some of her apples, and they looked so juicy I tried them. To my surprise my oas went away! I’m pretty much completely cured. I don’t know how long ago but I’m glad. The worst reaction I get now is occasional hives. Hang in there, there is hope.

October 29th, 2010 | 9:51 pm
Deb:

I have nearly died from fruits – first time it was cherries, second time it was pears. I was rushed to hospital, etc. I was always still able to eat grapes, pineapple and bananas. Until today when I ate a banana and immediately began to salivate like a faucet. I immediately took two pepcid which is a very low level antihistamine. I am flushed and blotchy but I think I nipped another anaphylactic reaction in the bud. I dread using my epipens — I carry two on me at all times. So now I cannot eat bananas any longer either. This is horrible. I despise this allergy.

November 2nd, 2010 | 8:18 am
Bill:

I developed what I know as Tree fruit allergies in my 40s and the list grows as I do!
I am not allergic to Bananas, pineapple, grapes. tomoatoes, strwberries but common items like apples, oranges , plums, nectarines, peaches etc are my nemesis. I could eat all as a kid. Some nuts with skins but not peanuts (grow in the ground) so osme times it’s a surprize when I get a reaction. Extremely itchy eyes and swollen lips.
They are not too severe first time but get progressively worse with each occurance with the same one.

November 5th, 2010 | 8:15 am
barbara:

Do you all eat grains and animal products ? Fruit is rarely the culprit of a food allergy. It’s the other bad food we eat that cause that reaction. Have you considered fasting (supervised) and then reintroducing fruits and going vegan ? All the best though, it must be awful..

November 6th, 2010 | 1:15 pm
Ayush Isac:

My son is allergic to all the fruits. So much so that even the mention of fruits by anyone or seeing a fruit, he starts throwing up ans feels very sick. He has a very strong sense of smelling. Even somebody eating fruits like orange, banana etc at quite a distance comes to his knowledge as if the smell spreads to his nose very fast. Is there any treatment for this. After the age of 1, he has not eaten any fruit, in fact the sight of the same troubles him

November 9th, 2010 | 10:27 am
Cindy:

If you look into NAET.com…you’ll see that many food allergies can be alleviated and perhaps eliminated…

November 11th, 2010 | 6:55 am
Heather:

I am 24 years old. I have always wonderd why when someone offered me an apple or a pear I refused it, even though I love the taste.. Everytime they were on the table in a bowl I never reached for one. I never had any desire to eat them, even though I love the taste, until last year. I was getting ready for a halloween party, and my friend had some sliced apples with caramel dipping sauce, I love caramel and to my knowledge I love apples. So I grabbed a bunch and started muching away… until about 15 minutes after the first bite, and my mouth started to tingle, the back of my throat started to itch like crazy… my gums felt like they were going to start rejecting my teeth, and my lips felt chapped and swollen. I looked in the mirror and felt fine, and then instant flashback. I’ve felt this before, I’ve felt this before tons of times, fresh cherries, plums, pears, peaches…apples?! What is going on? This doesn’t make sense I LOVE apple pie, I love Apple Crisp and Peach Pies, I love cherries on my ice cream… I don’t understand… until I read a post saying once you heat the fruit it kills the allergen. No wonder I love fruit in pies and when there hot.. and hate them so much that I subconsiously push them aside when they are raw….

I hate that when I go apple picking I can’t eat the apples… it drives me crazy. I think I will get the shot that helps this allergy go away for a few years.

November 23rd, 2010 | 6:30 am
misty:

my son has developed a fruit allergy just in the past couple years, he cant eat oranges, cherries , grapes, bananas, plums, melon including watermelon, and the juice from tomatoes if I scrape out the seeds and juice from the tomato he can eat the flesh. He gets tingling in his mouth and says his throat feels like its swelling but never had hives or anything. He ate all kinds of fruit when he was young. does anyone know how or why it sets in after being fine with the same foods at one time in there life? I always thought It was something you were born with, not something that sets in after awhile??

November 24th, 2010 | 3:48 am
rm:

I developed an allergy to the skin of some fruit. Many fruit are edible when peeled. red delicious apples were untouchable by me. My wife started buying organic fruit, and I have not had a reaction to any fruit since. I do have seasonal allergies for two weeks during the spring. I believe it is when a tree blossoms, not sure which.

November 26th, 2010 | 2:00 pm
Yenmi:

Thankyou! I went to a doctor and u know what he said! go and eat fruits which give u a reaction write it down and how long it last. I really thought u want to kill me? Thank you! I should try to warm it up? apple in the microwave lol.

December 13th, 2010 | 9:54 am
Yenmi:

and when I just smell a manderin I don’t feel good, like I have to vomit. so I avoid people who eat them.

December 13th, 2010 | 9:57 am
Nat:

I have always been allergic to fruit, when i was a toddler i would always throw up after eating an apple or something. It didn’t get bad until I was 12 or so. since then it has gotten progressively worse. My throat swells up. I have to avoid apples, peaches, pears, plums, cherries, even berries like blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries (as well as carrots and celery, strangely enough) and several others. My allergy has gotten to the point, that for several years now I am pretty sure I could kill myself taking just a couple bites out of an apple or peach. I have been wondering if i should try some kind of fasting or something. Its hard to avoid such yummy stuff. I feel for everyone with this allergy as well.

March 8th, 2011 | 3:05 pm
Christopher:

I’m 17 now, and before I could eat all the fruit I wanted. Also being Vietnamese, I’d regularly eat more exotic fruits like longan, or leichi nuts. Until one day I was rushed to the emergency room because I broke out in hives, and my throat began to swell up. Now, there are many fruits that give me slight tingley, itchy feeling in my throat and strangely inside of my ear. So now I kinda avoid oranges, cantelopes, bananas, kiwis, pine nuts and such. I hate this allergy, I LOVE FRUIT, hopefully it won’t apply to figs and stuff.

March 15th, 2011 | 7:35 pm
Izzy:

I’m 15yrs old and became allergic (anaphylaxis bad)to fruits when I was 11. It all started with cherries, and has progressed to every fruit. To compensate for this, I ate more carbs…until a few days ago I have been diagnosed with an allergy to corn, wheat, soy, all nuts, and barley. (I also have other food allergies of some veggies) Now I am eating mostly vegetables and protein..some dairy too, but I’m lactose intolerant haha. I’m going to start drop treatments that will be effective in 3-5 years. Sure it sucks, but hopefully one day I’ll be able to eat foods again! :)

March 16th, 2011 | 3:06 pm
Jean:

I had horrific allergies to pollen, all fruits with stones as a child, grass, trees, and outgrew the wors of them by the age of 21. If I am not mistaken, our bodies metabolism changes every 7 years…so hang in there, and see an allergist if need be.

March 19th, 2011 | 12:28 pm
Karla:

Thank you everyone for all the information posted. It gives me an idea for what fruits to avoid for my 13 month toddler. I’m still trying to find out what fruits he’s allergic to. For the moment I know eggs gave him rashes on his body so I stopped giving him eggs but he continues getting some rashes. This website gave me enough information for some fruits to avoid or look out

March 23rd, 2011 | 1:57 pm
Tierney:

I’m 16 years old and have not tasted a fruit since I was 5. I had a bad reaction to eating bananas and I stopped eating fruits all together. Later, when I was around 11 years old, I started allergy testing to weeds after getting several rashes & faintings from being outside much. I found out I was allergic to many animals,dust mites, and plants including Ragweed, which is a cousin to Bananas, mellons, etc. and many other plants that are cousins to most fruits. I have had blood-allergy testing done and it revealed that I am allergic to, to put it plainly, all fruit. I carry both Epipens with me everywhere I go, and thank goodness I have not been forced to use one yet. I cannot participate in holidays at school much because of these allergies and it is hard to stay fit, though I am a healthy individual and contenueing my allergy shots, avoiding fruit, and maintaining excorsize along with following medical records in advancement in technology to fight allergies :)

May 6th, 2011 | 1:15 pm

I have the same reactions to fruit. My throat will swell up and l feel really out of it and anxious for at least 24 hours, even after a smich of fruit, and l mean a smich. :)

May 21st, 2011 | 7:44 am

Hi,

I would like to tell everyone. At least for me, when l bought raw fruit, 3 kinds l tried-all l did was take off the skin, cut it up into small pieces, and put it in the microwave for a minute and bang-no allergic reaction! Yahoo!

May 28th, 2011 | 2:17 pm
Rho:

I have always loved fruits. My favorite foods of all times. I thought if I could eat fruits all the time, I would probably think I was in heaven. Ha ha ha! Someone played tricks on me! I developed allergic reactions to apples, carrots (loved them raw and crunchy),all stone fruits, soy beans and tofu (one of my other faves as well), my favorite legumes… Grrr… I lamented not being able to ingest any white peaches or nectarines, no sweet juicy fuji apples from the farmer’s markets… It is horrible! I’ll eat a few pieces and start to feel the itchy in my mouth. I still eat them, but I take allergy pills before or during the meal. Peeling the fruit doesn’t help either, by the way. I’ll see about heating them up. Like crunchy fuji apples. But the crunch will be taken away! And that’s what made these fruits so wonderful! :-(

August 1st, 2011 | 10:31 am
Craig:

For me the back of my throat itches:
Bananas (worst reaction)
Peaches
Cherries
Apples
Carrots
Melons
Pears
Plums
Black Berries

I’ve had intermittent mild reactions with: Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, grapes. I’ve had no reactions with citrus, processed or cooked fruits.

I’ve had this condition for as long as I can remember. It sucked as a kid because we had cherry, peach and plum trees in my backyard…even a grapevine!

August 2nd, 2011 | 10:11 pm

I need an answer, I want to be able to eat fruit and vegetables again. Please tell me what to do!!!!!!. Apples, Apricots, Nectrines, Peaches, Kiwi, Grages, Cherries,Cantalopes,Honeydew,.. Even cooked..Apples, Nectarines, Apricots,Peaches.. also vegetebles like, Carrots, Celery, Califlower(raw).

August 19th, 2011 | 9:41 am
Beverley:

all fruits cooked or raw except bananas give me diarrhea and gas for several days after eating. Can I do anything to stop the reaction and still enjoy fruits of the season?

September 7th, 2011 | 10:33 am
Mohamed:

DRINK A GLASS OF 3% MILK TRUST ME!!! THIS WORKS RIGHT AWAY I SAY SPECIFICALLY 3% BECAUSE IVE TRIED SKIM MILK AND IT DOESN’T HAVE THE SAME AFFECT !!! MILK MILK MILK WITHIN A MINUTE OR SO YOU WILL NOT FEEL THE ITCHING !!!

September 22nd, 2011 | 7:24 pm
SF:

I am getting allergy shots to hopefully be able to eat apples, peaches, pears, plums, nectarines, carrots, etc again. My allergist is optimistic. Removing the skin never worked for me, I guess the allergy was more severe. Heating does work. The other day he suggested I try eating an apple with no skin. I did without the itchiness. Hopefully this is a good sign. Allergy shots are a big time and money commitment and they have about a 70% chance of working when it comes to the fruit allergy.

October 3rd, 2011 | 1:35 pm

My friend is allergic to apples, does this mean he can cook them before eating? Or just stay away from them altogether? Please advice accordingly, i’m concerned.

October 17th, 2011 | 8:54 pm
Sizwe:

My 5yr old son has been suffering from this for some time thanks to the research team

November 29th, 2011 | 11:16 am
Deanna:

I am allergic to practically everything thanks to the fact that I have OAS. What I do find is that I can eat most things if cooked. I’m also allergic to all nuts and soy products so the list shrinks even more. Added to that is all the seasonal allergies. As I am also allergic to all the trees that bare fruit and grasses as well. I am going to try the fruit in the microwave and peel the skin off and see what that does. I’m at the 7 year mark now so hopefully my metabolism will change! I will keep you posted on my reactions.Its tough to live with OAS but friends and family support is always needed!Good luck to you all and best wishes and Happy New Year for 2012

December 28th, 2011 | 4:50 am
staci:

Hello,
My son is a soldier who came back from Iraq a year and a half ago. Before deploying, he could eat anything he wanted. Upon returning home, he found he was unable to eat ANY fresh fruit or vegetables. His symptoms are what is really bothering me, as he doesn’t have the itching and hives so much as severe chest pains when he eats any fresh fruit or vegetables. He says it feels just like he has been punched repeatedly in the chest and the pain is unbearable. He can eat some cooked fruits and vegetables, but they have to be pretty much cooked to the point of mush. He has talked to his doctor, who pretty much looked at him like he was out of his mind, as if they had never heard of anything like this. Can anyone give me some advice for him?

December 31st, 2011 | 6:53 pm
pnitbt:

Someone mentioned salivating when they have a reaction. Mine started way back in high school when I was trying to get really healthy eating alfa sprouts. Since then I have had reactions to cherries, apples, pears, bannanas, kiwi, some nuts (not all), peaches. I stopped trying other fruits like plums, oranges, manderines, ect because I was afraid of the consequence. Oh, and I have had reactions to raw celery, and raw carrot, but never cooked. And along with those even though I previously loved to eat muscles when younger working in a resteraunt, I now have the most sever reactions. So about the salivating: My reaction involves a tightening of the throught and massive salivation during a reaction. It starts rather mildly and gets progressivly worse. The more I salivate the more I swollow and it seems to turn into air bubbles in my throught. These become SO painfull like the previous post as if Im being punched in the chest! This goes on for more than 4 hours! If it happens at dinner when I eat, Ill be in and out of conciousness at daybreak the next day dealing with the pain. I must say it has gotten slightly better since I stopped smoking a few years ago and I take the maximum dose of (GRAPE SEED EXTRACT) all year round now. This seem to have almost completely gotten rid of my hay feaver allergy. I have a feeling it has to do with pesticides. I can play in my grass at home without any reaction but if I lay in a public park short or no shirt I have a major skin reaction. Perhaps it is the sprays on fruits and veg that is the culprit. I have not conducted any personal test because I am so aftraid of these terrible reactions. I am sure however that it is nature and not science that has the answer.

January 12th, 2012 | 12:23 am
Jane Bates:

Hi I’m 41 and have recently had a reaction to hazlenuts, I also have a reasction to kiwi fruit and pineapple.
Today I had a yoghurt with mango and passionfruit pieces in and that bought on a mild reaction. it’s annoying as I’ve never had an allergy to anything before, I don’t suffer with hayfever or any other pollen allergies.
I waiting for allergy testing.
I found the comments etc.. on here very useful and informative. thanks

January 18th, 2012 | 7:49 am
alison:

Never having had any food allergies before I was surprised to have an unpleasant tingling sensation in my mouth after eating organic priobiotic strawberry yogurt. Wont touch it in future.

January 20th, 2012 | 9:10 am
john:

When I was around 12 I became allergic to mangoes. They were so delicious, then all of the sudden it felt like my throat was constricted and itchy, along with my skin breaking out anywhere the juice hit my skin around my lips. Now I’m 30 and 2 weeks ago cherries started to give me that itchiness :( The fresher it is the worse it seems. This sucks, cherries and mangoes are so delish!

January 28th, 2012 | 12:41 am
Luke:

I have mild asthma, hayfever and animal allergies. Never had a problem with any fruit until a couple of years ago when i’d notice that drinking fresh orange juice or pineapple juice made my ears feel funny – tingly/contracting. Now even the thought of drinking fresh citrus juice brings it on. Anyone else experience this?

February 21st, 2012 | 12:12 pm
Jamie:

Hey guys (especially Izzy) -
I had very severe fruit, metal (like nickel), and environmental allergies for a couple years before finding out I have CELIAC DISEASE. You should really consider getting tested or trying a gluten free diet – all of these weird allergies went away completely once I was gluten free for 6 months. Especially consider this if you are lactose intolerant!! And they were allergies – not just intolerances.

March 7th, 2012 | 1:00 am
amo:

My right hand became unusable and very painful suddenly, two times. The first time I had a kiwi, last night, strawberries.
What would help to relieve the pain.
Ice packs help a little.
I took Allegra and asperin.
Still swollen but I can move it a little, still hurts alot. 75 y, never happened before. All thoughts are looked forward to. Thx.

March 7th, 2012 | 7:19 am
peter:

the first fruits that l got allergic to was canalope when I was 16 years old l became allergic bananas,watermelon,plums,peach also avocados, cherries, kiwi, papaya, mangos and now also cilantro and onions, bread they make me break out in a sweat and a fever and I vomit it’s sucks anybody know why this is happening

March 26th, 2012 | 9:39 pm
shirley:

I’ve had an allergy test performed about 6 years ago. Found out I was allergic to shell fish and raw apple. A couple of weeks ago I nibbled on spinach leafs. Started itching all over. Then I did some research. The raw apple contains Salicylate(s) that the from Mal d 1. Mal d 1 is a protein that can not hold up to heat. I then starting researching Salicylates. I found out through trial that salicylates do effect me. More as an intollerance to them. Itchy nose, ringing in my ears, blurry vision, especially in my right eye. I am going t continue to test with different foods. There is much information on the web. Google Salicylites. Hope this information helps someone.

April 26th, 2012 | 8:57 pm
Jamie:

OMG!! Ever since i can remember, I’ve noticed that when i would eat Apples, Pears, Nectarines, Etc..MY GUMS WOULD ITCH!..AND MY THROAT AND IT WOULD MAKE MY CHEEKS RED! It didn’t itch like OMG bad but it did a little, I would always tell my friends and family about it and they would just ignore me and say i was crazy and being dramatic..I had no idea people could be allergic to fruit! Now I know i Aint crazy! (:

April 28th, 2012 | 5:37 pm
shirley:

Jamie..I’m 62 and just recognized the link between the two. West to sisters for dinner today, had turkey with spices, instant mashed potatoes, corn on the cob. Then I ate a few hard candies, included pepperment. Nose is itching. However since I’ve been very limited with my intake of Salicylates my nose does not hurt any longer from scratching it :) Glad I could help you.

April 29th, 2012 | 7:17 pm
Terri barnes:

Microwave your fruit for a few seconds (10 to 20) and you can eat any fruit. The microwave destrys the proteins that cause the allergy. My son does this for all his fruit and it works everytime.

May 3rd, 2012 | 8:18 pm

CROSS ALLERGY CONNECTION TO LATEX Turns out kiwi and banana allergy may also indicate a latex allergy. Be careful with medical procedures. I learned this the day before open-heart surgery. We thus had a latex free surgery. Would have hated to make that recovery more difficult if we didn’t know this cross allergy connection.

May 10th, 2012 | 8:08 am
Zinga:

I am not sure what I have. All the MD’s and gastrointestinal specialists are not sure what I have. Since past two and a half years, I have been randomly getting severe stomach aches where I double with pain for many hours at a time – (it’s usually an all-night ordeal for me, about 8-10 hours on the average!). In the beginning, I used to rush to an ER, but there they would just inject high doses of morphine to make me go to sleep and not feel the pain but would not be able to detect anything, and in spite, would offer to perform an immediate surgery to cut open my stomach and see what may be there. I have now, therefore, stopped visiting physicians and hospitals for this since no one has been able to determine anything for sure.
During such an episode, I may pass gas, may not. I may have a bowel movement, may not. I usually throw up towards the end of an episode, but not always. However, noticeable is that I never get diarrhea, a loose motion, an immediate vomit when an episode starts, nor a burst of gas or any kind of a rash/itching/tingling/hives or a skin break out; no fever, drop in blood pressure, a headache, or any type of “typical” food allergy reactions are detected before, during or right after such a “stomach-pain attack” episode.
I have known allergy to shrimp but that’s about it; I can eat some other shellfish alright such as crab and lobster. I love fruits and veggies have been consuming all sorts of fruits/juices ever since I can recall. I am in my late 40’s now but appear to be much younger and quite healthy otherwise thanks mostly due to healthy eating habits and watching calories. And, so, this very thought of having an allergy (or a malabsorption of some sort) for fruits and/or veggies is making me all very nervous; I am yet determined to figure out what’s causing it – something I know I will have to do on my own since all the medical experts have been of no help thus far but seem to be all but puzzled.
I must mention here, it’s been checked and ruled out: I do not have intolerance to wheat, dairy, eggs, grains, nuts, meats, etc. And, so, conclusively, I do not have IBS, Celiac or Crohn’s disease. What I have figured is that it is related to food – (duh!).
All my multiple tests to detect any kind of a cancer, tumor, parasite, bacterium, abnormal tissue growth, hernia in and around my digestive tract or system have come out to be negative. What I do know is that an episode typically starts about 2-4 hours after having a meal and, so, it is definitely related to one or more food ingredients. Now, what ingredient(s)? It’s a mystery I need help to solve.
I have kept a food diary but to no avail. I have tried avoiding certain types of foods for a while but an episode would still occur. I have started to filter tap water but an episode would still occur. I have recently started suspecting fruits and veggies (especially, the kinds of melons, berries, citrus, etc.). And that’s what brought me to this site. However, what I am reading in most all these comments is mostly of a reaction akin to a hay fever type reaction, tingling, rashes, break outs, etc., or so. No one has actually reported of having severe cramping, stomach-churning ache that would last for many hours. So, am still not sure if I am on the right direction.
Lately, I have started to suspect fruits because I get a “heavy stomach sensation” right upon eating some fruits – the sensation is a bit similar to (but not as heavy or intense) as when a typical stomach-churning episode is about to begin; thus far, I am suspecting all the usual farmer’s market seasonal varieties such as bananas, strawberries, oranges, and their pure squeezed juices I love; especially, the orange and apple juice, etc.
I am going to try out the microwaving idea and see if it gets me the same sensation or not. In the meantime, however, I would really like to hear from anyone who may have experienced (or know of someone else) having an experience similar to mine. I want my life back. Thank you so very much.

May 22nd, 2012 | 1:40 pm
Lily:

could these fruit allergies be from genetically modified fruits??? has anyone with fruit allergy tried eating organic fruits and compare the allergic reactions? I’d love to know! Genetically modified fruits and foods are horrible and damaging to people because they were created at level of playing God and going against His Design and plan.

May 31st, 2012 | 7:35 pm
Helen:

I’ve had this since I was 12 I had to carry around an epi pen as it was all fruit and veggies that are not cooked or processed and if I ate or drank or even smelled some fruits my throte would itch and start to swell

June 1st, 2012 | 5:45 pm
Staci:

Lily,
Yes, we are organic gardeners, and have always been. My son would only eat organic foods. He still suffers the severe pain to this day, so much that he has taken to avoiding the foods he loves and is eating more processed things, which are not good for him. But he doesn’t suffer from the chest pain when he does. I have been doing extensive research and have come up with nothing. I know there is someone else out there who suffers from the same thing and may know what to do.

June 4th, 2012 | 5:56 pm
Willis Bennett:

When ever I eat apples or nectarines, my eyes swell up, I can’t stop crying, and my throat and nose drive me mad. any help?

June 8th, 2012 | 2:25 am
Mary:

I started noticing that I had OAS two years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter. My throat hurt when I ate an apple. Then I started getting itchy mouth and swollen lips when I ate plums. Just today I found out that I can add cherries to the list. :(

June 11th, 2012 | 6:04 pm
patricia:

A recent visit to G.P. has started me on this long road to find out the culprit to a possible allergy. Swollen lips, flushed cheeks, itchy gums. Blood tests have been done, waiting for results. In the meantime G.P. has given me a list of possible ‘fruit’ causes to watch out for i.e. strawberries, melon, apricots, pineapple, celery, and tomatoes. antihistimine tablets to carry with me. At 64 I’m amazed that this should happen now, but as she explained I might have had mild allergy for a long time and never connected to food. Cannot wait for the test results!!

June 22nd, 2012 | 10:53 am

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June 26th, 2012 | 8:57 am
Sumjoy:

Well, it only took me 19 years to figure out what my problem was… I started having reactions to fruit and veggies when I was 9. Depending on what it is I can have mild (internal itching – mouth, throat, ears) to severe (very painful swelling, including my lungs – the guys above described it as being punched, I always described it as iron bands with nails wrapped around my chest that loosen and tighten for several hours, and as the food passes through my system, I know right where it is because that area hurts like crazy, even when its time to poop it out… leaves me weak for a couple of days.)
I’ve been doing a lot of intense research lately and haven’t found one useful thing that works for me. Through experience I have learned to smell something first – if it irritates my nose, I avoid it – it’s not foolproof, but it helps. I’ve also learned that if I avoid something I typically have a mild reaction to for around 6 months, I can have it 1 or 2 times again without too severe consequences. Also peeling everything does help – although its a serious pain to sit and peel every grape before you eat it… lovely… And I am a firm believer in the power of diphenhydramine (the active ingredient in benadryl). If I’m in a stubborn mood and have a craving for something on the no-no list, I time it out: I wait til about an hour before bed, take a dose of allergy meds, wait 1/2 an hour or so (its working when I get sleepy) then eat whatever it is that I’m craving… Then here’s the key if you’re like me and it hurts all the way through the G.I. tract – make sure you take plenty of allergy meds (non-drowsy works too) for the next 48 hours… Its not perfect, but it helps with the frustration of really wanting something yummy. Ummm, side note – can’t say I’d recommend this course of action for those of you with total anaphylactic reactions… mine is livable, if painful… don’t mess with yours…
Well, that’s all I have, sorry about the long ramble – hope it helps someone…

June 29th, 2012 | 3:26 am
rosy:

i am allergic to many products but oflate NAET treatment is helping me…………..

July 1st, 2012 | 9:51 pm
Connie:

I started at the age of 45 with a allergy toward some chemicals one of them being nickel.I had a few incidents of severe rash (dermatitis)Since have found out that pineapples , raspberries are high in nickel. Also licorice , sunflower seeds .Just wondering if peaches or strawberries or kiwi contain the trace mineral… nickel?

July 6th, 2012 | 6:35 pm
Courtney:

I am 21 and have experienced allergies to fruit for a few years now. My Dad is severely allergic to apples, his head swells up like Hitch. I get itchy mouth, and my throat swells from eating raw apples, peaches, pears, nectarines, cherries and pineapple. It interested my that a comment advised drinking 3% milk after consuming the fruit as I have found that mixing pieces of fruit into yoghurt stops me from having an allergic reaction.

July 8th, 2012 | 1:19 pm
BG:

I have this allergy so bad that when I see someone eat an apple (etc) my mouth starts to itch.

July 11th, 2012 | 8:48 am

banana(the most)
cherries
melon
avocado
pineapple
kiwi

when ever i eat this fruit my throat itches and swells and my lip swell a bit

July 27th, 2012 | 11:50 am

banana(the most)
cherries
melon
avocado
pineapple
kiwi

when ever i eat this fruit my throat itches and swells and my lip swell a bit
I HATE IT SO MUCH AND I SO LOVE PINEAPLE TONES

July 27th, 2012 | 11:51 am
Deborah:

I share many of the allergies and sensitivities mentioned here. My research points toward several possible causes and areas of treatment. Mold/fungi infection of sinuses/lungs can cause immune dysfunction. Candida overgrowth in the gut can cause immune dysfunction – think ‘antibiotics’. If you’ve ever had even one course in your life and never replenished the good bacteria in your gut that could be enough to cause a problem. Pesticide exposure – someone asked about organic fruits and veg… many may be grown organic but are coated by oils/waxes with fungicides in them for an extended shelf life. Washing is not enough to get rid of it, I peel everything. Heavy metal toxicity – lead (pretty much everywhere), aluminum (some baking sodas, antiperspirants), mercury (metal fillings, some fish), cadmium (smokers beware), arsnic (in most of America’s drinking water) and others all can cause immune issues. Chemicals in household cleaners, laundry soaps and softeners, personal hygiene products, makeup, dry cleaning fluids and much more – all have been implicated in immune disruption. Also being female and over 40 or any age with a hysterectomy or anyone (male or female) that is overweight and therefore probably estrogen dominant – all ties to immune dysfunction.

What to do? Medicinal mushroom complex, Cordycepts, Royal Jelly all have shown in multiple studies to have normalizing effects on immune signaling. Chelators like Alpha Lipoic Acid, mega vitamin C, cracked chlorella to help bind and remove many toxins, Quercitin as a natural anti-histamine; curcumin, resveritrol, fish-oil, CoQ10, Noni juice, Acai berry, pommegranate, tart cherry, magnesium and alpha lipoic acid/quercitin again all fabulous anti-inflammatories (calms immune response swelling etc); for mold/Candida – oil of oregano, grapefruit seed extract, mangosteen all excellent as well as sinus wash if it’s in yr sinuses or probiotics, IP-6 and glucomanan fiber if you have compromised healthy flora in yr gut. I am having some success taking this route and am continuing to try new things (I am actually sensitive to some of the supplements so be careful when trying something new). Hope this helps someone out there.

August 13th, 2012 | 4:57 pm
Deborah:

Oh, birth control via hormone control is another one that’s been linked in some cases to immune issues… 8/

August 13th, 2012 | 4:59 pm
Deborah:

Oh again! Lol! Another big help has been digestive enzymes and something called Betaine Hydrochloride or Betaine HCl. Some of us, especially as we grow older, produce less digestive enzymes and/or less stomach acid – both of which are necessary to properly break down proteins. So supplements are often helpful. Also, research ‘leaky gut syndrome’. This can be related to celiac disease and also fungal (usually Candida) overgrowth in the gut. Also forgot to mention parasites, in gut or other places, are a very common and almost always overlooked cause of immune issues. If you’ve never done a parasite cleanse you probably need to do one. Little critters in raw and rare fish and meats, on fruits and vegetables, on our pets, living in our mattresses and pillows and carpets, even in our tap water, pools (despite the chlorine some types can still survive), and any lake, river or ocean summer fun you’ve enjoyed any time in your life. You can get a parasite in childhood and still be carrying around it’s offspring in retirement! No joke! Your constantly stimulated immune system begins to overreact to things it shouldn’t eventually. Also, some types of fungi/parasites make small holes in your intestines – not enough to bleed and cause pain or trouble in that way, but plenty big enough to let large, under-digested protein molecules through that – you guessed it – trigger our immune system.

August 13th, 2012 | 5:07 pm
Deborah:

Lol! Something else came to mind – we can be primed for immune problems with the myriad of immunizations we get as kids and even boosters or shots we receive before travel or before entering the service for example as adults. This priming may not develop into sensitivities until a trigger is encountered – any of the things I mentioned before, also severe stress, viral infections, drug use (legal or illegal), malnutrition, certain unrelated disease processes, etc., can trigger the development of allergies and sensitivities.

August 13th, 2012 | 6:42 pm
Deborah:

Something else came to mind – we can be primed for immune problems with the myriad of immunizations we get as kids and even boosters or shots we receive before travel or before entering the service for example as adults. This priming may not develop into sensitivities until a trigger is encountered – any of the things I mentioned before, also severe stress, viral infections, drug use (legal or illegal), malnutrition, certain unrelated disease processes, etc., can trigger the development of allergies and sensitivities.

August 13th, 2012 | 6:42 pm
Max:

to Staci…..
Jeez,
at least i am not alone, i also have the same very sever chest pain, as if i am dying of heart attack, i used to have it from eating specifically banana and apple together at the same time, and i have just had one attack right now :) hence looking at this site, and now it was from a watermelon :) interestingly enough i had the same watermelon yesterday, and in even bigger quantities, maybe now it happened because it was the morning and i just woke up and i didnt yet eat anything else.

ADVICE……

Anyway, like with all the other allergies i suddenly developped in a similar way your son did… i started living away from home and stopped eating fresh food and vegs for some years :( . but through my experience i started eating whatever i had problems with in very small amounts every day, like literally starting from a pill size of whatever (nuts, fruits , veg), and as i ate little bit i did not have that bad of a reaction, or at least very little bit. and with time i would increase the dosage, and the allergies would disappear. the chest pain that i had now – i have not had for many many years, maybe that watermelon was just a bit too much and too early :) the pain is gone in like 3-5 min :) , good exercise for body at least :) ha ha, i am trying to take it positively.
thanks
have a good day.

August 15th, 2012 | 1:51 am
jessica:

Since my daughter was 6 months she has vomited from banana, blue berries and apples. Tried at 12 months and she still vomits for 4 hours each time. She is ok with fructose in other foods though. All I see on line is fructose allergies not just fruit

October 9th, 2012 | 11:39 pm

I have been suffering with this for years. I find that if my throat tightens up after eating fruit, it is usually soothed and somewhat relieved by eating ice cream.

Hope that might help some of you, I too love fruit and wish I could just pull out an apple and munch on it like everybody else seems to be able to.

November 9th, 2012 | 1:42 pm

Forgot to mention before, coffee also seems to help relieve the throat tightness, though not as much as ice cream

November 9th, 2012 | 1:58 pm
Amy:

I became allergic to fruit after the birth of my first son. as a child, I used to eat all kinds of fruit. After 3 children, the only fruit I can eat are grapes. As stated in the article, if they are cooked, I can eat them. I also can’t eat raw carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers. As far as salads go, I eat lettuce, red onions, meat, and mushrooms.

December 29th, 2012 | 6:39 pm
Julianne:

This is great info. My son has all of a sudden become allergic to all if the above fruit. My husband and I thought it was just not wanting to eat fruit. We face also had allergy testing done for him, he’s 7yrs old

January 27th, 2013 | 1:30 pm
Phil:

To Zinga, I also had severe stomach aches after eating usually started about 4 hours after and would last up to 2 days. I was going to a doctor for NAET and it was helping for some things, but they would not stay. He would have people come in who were studying to be doctors and I asked them if they were being taught anything about food allergies and they all said NO. I told my doctor that a lot of the so called diseases and disorders are caused by foods, he agrees. We need to figure out our own bodies. What causes us problems and what we can do about it. I don’t know exactly why I became allergic to so many foods ( Dairy,Corn,Berries,Nuts and Seeds,Potatoes, and lastly Gluten) which doesn’t leave a whole lot for me to eat but I’m still alive. I went from the stomach aches to my heart skipping beats which makes me feel crappy and gave me severe headaches the next day. Those were the worst symptoms as I also had a lot of different ones. Anyway I suggest you give up eating Gluten and Dairy for a couple months and see if you feel better. I haven’t had Dairy in 6 years and I just gave up Gluten 4 months ago but I feel better. If I could just quit eating things that affect me, I think I would feel better. You can be allergic to things you will never imagine. Vitamins,Spices,Fruits,things in your house,things outdoors,Pesticides,herbicides. Just keep track of how you feel when you come in contact with different things and you may not react for a couple of days later, but if you have a reaction quit eating it for awhile and see how you feel. Good Luck!

April 23rd, 2013 | 5:28 pm
Di:

Be sure to be checked for allergies to propolis, or wax. Many people think they are allergic to fruit and vegetables when wax is the culprit. Carnuba and other waxes are routinely used in medicines as well, especially extended release varieties. You have to ask for a patch test to confirm.

May 21st, 2013 | 4:22 pm
Katie:

I have not been able to eat raw bananas without excruciating stomach pain, nausea, gas, or diarrhea since I was a teenager. I dont get an itchy mouth or throat, but in extreme cases I get lightheaded, feverish and sweaty., Other fruits were fine, but over the last few years (I’m 25) the list has grown to include a whole bunch of things like pineapple, kiwi, raspberries, guacamole (I think it was the lime, not the avocado, but have never been that sick), strawberries, blackberries, and more. I love love love fruit so this is a horrible thing to experience. But it’s also even more frustrating because the list of things I can’t eat keeps growing and the symptoms keep getting worse (and I avoid all those foods, but sometimes something will slip into my food, smoothie, etc). I also can’t drink hard alcohol with serious heart burn. Don’t think it’s an ulcer, I love spicy food and don’t have a problem with it. I am on the wait list to see an allergy specialist, but my doctor told me to expect it to be a year before I get an appointment :/ Any thoughts?

June 14th, 2013 | 10:18 am
haley:

I am very allergi to apples if i even touch it my hands break out and itch so bad once it made me bleed. if i eat them i break out in a rash and if my little girl eats them she get a server UTI i also just found out yesterday that i am allergic to raspberries and and habe no idea what they have in common.

June 24th, 2013 | 9:01 pm

It’s nice to see that oral allergy syndrome is gaining more recognition. When I first had problems, the doctors gave me every kind of test for my stomach. I would get doubled up in pain for two or three days at a time with bloating. My throat would itch, eyes water, nose run, lips go dry after eating. Finally a woman mentioned her son’s allergy to raw fruit and vegetables and I went for testing. I was tested up and down both arms for many raw fruits and vegetables and reacted to them all. I had previously been taking allergy shots for my pollen, dust and grass allergies and these shots did not really provide me with any notable desensitization. I continue to suffer from those allergies as well. My allergist was convinced that I could only be allergic to the fruits and vegetables associated with my pollen and grass allergies, but I could tell I was getting strong reactions to every single fresh fruit or vegetable no matter how little I consumed. All vegetables have to be steamed until tender or I have a reaction. I feel like a fool at the fresh food buffets where the only things I can usually eat are the buns with a little meat and cheese or the gooey desserts. I feel silly with my fruit and vegetable less plate at these times, but it is well worth it to not have stomach problems. Due to reactions to foods that are dyed, contain caffeine or soya, or that contain a lot of fat, I find it impossible to survive more than three or four days on restaurant food. I’ve found that the best way to keep healthy is to prepare my own meals. As I like to travel, I find that the best thing to do is to go on trips where I stay in the same town for a week or more and can do suite rental with a kitchen. I might go into a suite for a week and steam lots of fresh veggies and then travel for a couple of days where I eat at restaurants and then back to a suite for a week. Traveling in an RV is also a good option. For those of you who have hope for a cure, I’d love to know if anything comes up, but I seriously doubt that I will every be able to eat a raw fruit or vegetable. I’ve had this my whole life and it’s been 25 years since I’ve been diagnosed and if anything, it’s only getting worse. This may be due to a couple of serious stomach problems I had when I traveled too long depending on restaurants. I became so ill on the fruit and vegetable less diet this caused that I would have to eat only rice or potatoes with water for several days until my stomach was ready to handle food again. I find that it’s very important to stay with the cooked fruit and veggies and to avoid restaurants as much as possible. Big problems in restaurants are vegetables that are not cooked enough or that have some raw elements thrown in with the cooked stuff. I’ve sent vegetables back to be cooked more, but they’ve come back still inedible. Unlike peanut allergies or gluten free allergies, there is no knowledge or sensitivity to this allergy. I think people think we’re making it up. Some further education to the public would be great.

August 2nd, 2013 | 12:43 pm
Shauna:

I hear ya, Debbie. I have asthma (symptoms since I was 6, but not officially diagnosed until 24), too many environmental allergies (all my life), and my food allergies and intolerance are innumerable. The last time I ate in a restaurant was June 1999. I spent the next two days in the ER. From then until about May 2001, I was in the ER every couple of months with a new food reaction. Things I had eaten for years just turned on me. It was tough. However, I don’t miss those things (I am 50 now). I try to find some positive in every situation. For me now, if I can’t read an ingredient list, I don’t eat it. I eat healthier now because I make it all myself. I am a much better cook now, and my kitchen has lots of gadgets. It’s always been my favorite room in my house, but even more so now. And if there’s something I want to eat, but it has some “offensive” ingredient, I go to the web and look for ingredient substitutions. I find the biggest problem is that friends are always asking, “Are you sure there’s nothing you can eat here?” I love being out with friends; I just don’t eat. For me it’s about the company, not the food. They seem to have more problems with my situation than I do. I don’t travel much-never did, but if I do, I will just stay somewhere I can cook for myself. Every situation is about how you deal with it, and I’m doing okay. Of course there are times when I see that one thing that I really want, but can’t have, and haven’t found a way to adapt the recipe. But when I consider the potential reaction I may have-oral allergy, asthma, anaphylaxis, hives-I find it’s not that appealing after all. I just take each day as it comes, with my Epi-Pen by my side, of course. ;)

August 5th, 2013 | 12:02 pm
Rosslyn:

I recently have come to realize that I am probably allergic to watermelon. It seems that every time I eat it, the next day I am having a sneezing fit, with itchy, watery eyes. Too bad, because I love watermelon!

September 9th, 2013 | 2:24 pm
Nicole:

This article was not helpful. A matter of fact it’s very untrue.. My daughter is allergic to apples. This article says apple juice is not the same . It is … Her lips face everything that comes in contact with apples breaks out into abad rash and swells. Apple juice, raw apples, apple sauce, and even Apple oatmeal cooked!! I wouldn’t trust everything this article says. It may be true for some cases and that needs to be said :)

December 9th, 2013 | 7:11 pm
Lisa:

I have had a really hard time finding websites, etc that deal with severe food allergies. I am not only allergic to all nuts (deathly to hazelnut) but allergic to parsley, spices, vegetables (if they don’t shut my throat down they cause severe stomach issues and all fruits (cooked and fresh). I just found wowbutter! OMG life saver as I have craved peanut butter for awhile. Does anyone have info on a jam or jelly with no fruit?

March 5th, 2014 | 2:57 pm
Linda Gillard:

I have been allergic to pesticides for 20 years as my lips swell up to 3 times their size and then water pores out of the pores above and below my lips before the skin dries up and peels off…..it is nasty! Any fruit that isn’t organic will do it and it doesn’t matter if you wash it or not as it is sprayed while it is growing… many times. The same things happen with veggies. I can eat them once they are cooked….not sure why though. I can eat some fruits with thick skins like watermelon or bananas but fruits grown in very hot climates have more bugs so they spray more, unless they are just local farmers. Any big producers of tomatoes, peppers from Mexico that are sold in local grocery stores are sprayed a lot. Also, if I plant bulbs and touch my face my lips will swell as bulbs are loaded with pesticides, so that they are not eaten by bugs underground. I have had this problem for over 20 years…..so I know that it is pesticides….confirmed by my doctor. So when I eat fruit it is organic or I get it from a friends garden where they don’t use sprays and my lips look lovely!

June 3rd, 2014 | 12:20 am
Jennifer:

Hey i have questions regarding my girlfriends Strawberry allergy, she just recently started working at a fruit smoothly place and im wondering if her simply washing dishes that had strawberry products on them in the water. Can it make her have a severe allergic reaction just by touching them? I have no idea the terms on this kinda thing.

August 18th, 2014 | 7:55 pm
Julie:

Worst Thing Ever. OAS. Peaches, Cherries, Nectarines, Kiwi, figs, Sugar Snap Peas, Apples…All Foods I Absolutely Love And Can’t Eat Anymore Cause They Make My Mouth Itch Like Crazy. This Has Only Happened To Me In The Last 10 Years…So Sad :(

August 25th, 2014 | 11:31 am
AL:

24 years old never had any allergies tried a banana 2 months ago hives all over my body swollen face itchy throat gas stomach pains so I stoped eating bananas, tryed a grape last week itchy throat but that was it, an hour ago tryed a kiwi throat was itching like crazy very bad stomach pains gas puked my lungs out. WTF IS HAPPENING TO ME can anyone relate/help

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November 15th, 2014 | 12:36 pm

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November 18th, 2014 | 6:32 pm
Kayla:

Glad I read this. About a year or two ago my little allergic reactions started. I ate a watermelon, I believe, and all of a sudden my throat and lips were itching like heck. I’ve tried to eat them since then but the same thing happens everytime. Now that’s spread to oranges, bananas, pineapples, kiwis, etc. Had some pineapples a few days ago and my tongue literally had a burning sensation. I can eat an entire lemon and have no reaction so I know its not the acid. Good thing I read this- wont even take the chance of eating those fruits anymore, and hopefully it wont spread to other fruits (bc I love fruit!!)

November 23rd, 2014 | 8:28 am
matz:

I’ve been enjoying eating Kiwi fruit. of late in the past 3 instances, my entire mouth gets itchy when I eat, why is this? have i suddenly become allergic and should I discontinue?

November 25th, 2014 | 1:24 am
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