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#1 of 4 Old 12-28-2008, 08:26 PM - Thread Starter
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I know, thats probably a dumb question, but I was off all citrus almost this whole time until a month or so ago my grandpa brought over a huge bag of tangerines from his tree so I ate some and DD was fine. However, I got a little too confident in the fact that we passed corn (: even her face totally cleared so I knew it was unrelated!) and decided to eat an orange the other day, thinking "all citrus is the same", and now DD has a diaper rash. So I know that appears to answer my question, but the real question here is: do I eat more tangerines or not risk it? I think she may also be reactive to lemon but I haven't trialed it and don't intend to. And on the other hand shes intolerant to all nightshades EXCEPT potato, so it wouldn't be a first, though I see citrus as closer related that nightshades for some reason...

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Yup, it's possible to be allergic to one kind of food but not to another, very similar food- or you can be allergic to a whole group of similar foods, or to most foods in a category except for one.

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Yes, I think it's possible. My dd has been eating oranges/drinking orange juice just fine for a while, but when she ate some tangerines recently, she broke out. Go figure.

ETA: She also tolerates grapefruit and lemon juice, so it's definitely just a tangerine thing.
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Allergic reactions usually do not become evident until the 2nd exposure, then exposure to that particular substance, food, etc, whatever it is, gets worst with every exposure. Hence, while she may have a rash now, centralized to one portion of the body, the next time she eats tangerine, she may get a rash all over her body, and the next time after that perhaps something worst.

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