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Foods may cause reaction in people with latex allergies

If you have latex allergies, it makes sense to be tested for food allergies. Some foods could cause dangerous reactions.

If you're allergic to latex, you may also be allergic to certain fruits, nuts and vegetables. To avoid a dangerous reaction, you should be tested for food allergies.

The danger exists because your immune system may confuse proteins in the foods for the proteins found in latex, says the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). Anaphylaxis, a potentially deadly allergic reaction that affects your entire body, may result even from handling the foods.

According to the ACAAI and other experts, foods most likely to cause problems include:

  • Bananas.
  • Avocados.
  • Chestnuts.
  • Kiwi.
  • Melons.
  • Tomatoes.
  • Carrots.
  • Celery.
  • Papayas.
  • Potatoes.

Symptoms of anaphylaxis may include a red rash with hives or welts, a swollen throat or swelling elsewhere on your body, light-headedness, shortness of breath, anxiety, stomach cramps, vomiting and/or diarrhea.

If you have symptoms of anaphylaxis, seek emergency care immediately. Better yet, get tested for food allergies before a reaction happens.

Reviewed 5/2/2022

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