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So I'm pretty sure DD has a banana allergy, since this was the third time she got an itchy face rash after eating a banana. The rash lasted about a half hour each time.

Anyone else's baby have a banana allergy? Are there other affiliated allergies I should watch out for now? Online I've read about adults having this allergy, but I can't find much about babies, so any help would be appreciated.

Strange thing is, she doesn't always get a rash from bananas (and I always feed her organic bananas). What's up with that???
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I am allergic to bananas and have been since I was a child. I had a doc tell me to be careful of eating Nutrasweet because they have many chemical similarities--although I don't do nutrasweet so I'm not sure if I would have the same allergy.

About the not getting a rash everytime she eats bananas I don't know about that, but I do know that I don't react when I have cooked bananas--like in bread or muffins--weird huh?

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Bananas cross-react with latex. I'm allergic to natural rubber latex, but only react to bananas when my total allergen load is high. So, I can eat bananas if it's the middle of winter or I can eat them if I haven't been (accidentally) exposed to latex recently.

A number of foods cross-react when one has a latex allergy: papaya, kiwi, avocado, etc. It would be a very good idea to visit an allergist to see whether she's only reacting to banana or if she's just having a reaction to it because of a hidden latex allergy.

And you know what--she may just have sensitive skin. A lot of fruits have enzymes and such that can irritate little ones, even if no allergies are present.

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I second the banana latex cross reaction. I have a severe latex allergy, and am allergic to bananas too. I'd just keep an eye on it, there's no accurrate test for latex allergy.
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Growing up, I used to love bananas...

As I got older, they didn't love me so much. Had eczema as a child - mom wonders now if it was related to bananas (ped always told her they were harmless, it was the tomatoes and oranges that were irritating me.) Around 8 I noticed they made my throat itch. I almost never ate them after that unless I was really craving them, but I always paid the price afterwards. When I was 16, I decided it just wasn't worth it to me (had itchy throat for two days).

Fast forward to 22 when I was accidentally served banana walnut pancakes. Two bites in, I felt my throat closing up. The result, a nice ambulance ride to the ER with that feeling of doom. ER doc said it was probably the combination of the walnuts and banana because bananas themselves could not cause an anaphylactic reaction. Why are doctors so clueless sometimes?

Be careful about continuing to expose her even if it doesn't cause a reaction everytime.

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and DS2 (3) - allergic to all legumes, egg, soy, peanuts and tree nuts
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Wow, I guess now I can know that my banana allergy is somewhat related to my latex allergy--but I'm not allergic to anything else, well except sulfa drugs--any relation there?

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also be careful w/ kiwi if there is a banana allergy. My mom has horrible banana allergies and we found out that kiwis can also be reactive in banana allergic people.. I'm allergic to 90% of tree fruits out there except bananas.. weird huh?
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also be careful w/ kiwi if there is a banana allergy. My mom has horrible banana allergies and we found out that kiwis can also be reactive in banana allergic people.. I'm allergic to 90% of tree fruits out there except bananas.. weird huh?
The banana and kiwi allergy are both latex cross reactions. Many doctors if they see a combination of kiwi and banana or avacado and banana, will consider a person allergic to latex as well. So your mom is probably allergic to latex and doesn't know it yet. Just for information, the major cross reactions are banana, kiwi, avacado, and chestnut. so if allergic to one of these, watch out for the others.
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Is it safe to assume that my DS who gets a rash on his face and either throws up bananas or gets mucousy diarrhea after eating bananas is allergic to bananas??

is there any hard fast rules about which reactions constitute an 'allergy' or is it all a broad spectrum??

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My dd has a banana allergy. It runs in the family :
I was wondering about cross allergies too, glad to hear about the latex connection.
Has anyone else also had their dc react to watermelon? I'm pretty sure my dd is allergic. It really does a number on her diapers, IYKWIM.

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neverdoingitagain- melons are also on the latex cross reactive list, just not as common a cross reaction as the banana.
http://www.allergyclinicsanmarcos.co...tex_cross.html
this is what's called the "greer list" its all the most common cross reactive foods that can occur with the latex allergy. Its organized into most common, common, and not so common. Banana is in the most common (or high association) column, and melon is in the moderate association column. So melon is still pretty high on the list. But at least you can keep a closer eye out for other stuff on the list just in case your dc reacts to something else.

*eta- this is actually not the official greer list, but a newer version.
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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!
And now I'm nervous. Half of the stuff on that list Kiki loves to eat.

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Here is a link to more info. regarding latex allergies.


http://www.latexallergyresources.org/
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Wow, I guess now I can know that my banana allergy is somewhat related to my latex allergy--but I'm not allergic to anything else, well except sulfa drugs--any relation there?
I have been allergic to latex for about the last 10 years....Last year I had a reaction to Septra (Sulfa Drugs) and recently a reation to bananas.....I am wondering what I can eat or touch these days. Not to mention I am still working in surgery.
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I had a surprising reaction to banana day before yesterday. I didn't eat it. I peeled a really ripe banana for my dd, and cleaned up some she squished. I must have wiped my hands with a towel instead of washing with soap and water. Somehow some of it got in my mouth. It was really not fun.
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