Mango and Banana Allergy

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I'm still not exactly sure what caused my daughter to have an allergic skin reaction but I think it's from eating mango and banana together. I know she's not allergic to neither because she's eaten them without any problem in the past. As a matter of fact, one of her favorite fruits is mango. I went over everything she ate and did that day and nothing strike as out of the ordinary. The only thing she ate that she never had before was a bowl of sliced mango and banana. I only ate the mango because it was too much for my daughter to finish. When her face broke out in bumps or bubbles (not sure how to describe it), I immediately applied hydrocortisone cream around the area and the lumps subsided.



I reapplied hydrocortisone cream continuously as the lumps kept coming back. My poor little girl tried so hard not to scratch her face. I padded her face with a cold towel to help alleviate the itchiness. I googled online and found that another mom wrote about her son getting hives after eating a mango and banana on the same day. This is just very strange. Does anyone have a clue why would these two fruits create an allergic reaction? 

23 comments:

CVmom said...

Growing up, my parents taught us to avoid eating certain food together as they are 'poisonous'. Not poison as the deadly poison but poison as in it will make you sick. Just like how we're told to avoid drinking milk after eating cherries as it will cause diarreha. It is possible that eating mango and banana is a bad combo. This is so interesting. I look forward to reading other people's comments on this.

Gwei Mui said...

Hi there is a hting called Latex-fruit syndrome or allergy weird I know. From what I can remember the main fruits that are more commonly asociated with this type of allergic reaction are papaya, avocado, banana, chestnut, passion fruit, fig, melon, mango, kiwi, pineapple, peach, and tomato.
Sorry but I can't really remeber anything esle abou this one of the top of my head but it might give you somethng to go on hope your daughter gets better soon

Gwei Mui said...

Sorry if I comment twice but try ,looking up Laxte-fruit syndrome

Alicia said...

Hi there. I have no idea. I've never heard of that either.

I hope your daughter is feeling better!!!

Gratitude said...

You didn't mention having taken her to the doc, should you?
+Ant+

Meldylocks and Her Three Bears said...

O dear...i hope she's better by now..I'm sorry to say that this is the 1st time I hear of this kind of allergy

Buckeroomama said...

That's interesting... the only fruit I know never to mix with other fruits is the durian. I didn't know about mangoes and bananas.

I hope your daughter feels better.

lisasfoods said...

I hate allergies - they always seem to change for people, so it's hard to pinpoint what causes a reaction sometimes.

Thanks for commenting on my blog! I'm enjoying yours too.

TK said...

I really have no idea about the allergy.I never have any problem with mango but I get stomach discomfort everytime I eat banana..That's why, I don't really eat banana. Hope your daughter is feeling better now..

Ameena said...

I have also heard of the latex-fruit allergy...is your daughter allergic to avocados too? I hear that those things, either alone or in combination can cause these types of rashes.

I hope you figure things out soon!!

outdoor.mom said...

anyone can develop an allergy at any time. you can try over the counter benedryl (diphenhydramine). that will help but it does make kids sleepy. make sure you use the reccommended dose for children her weight and age. Hope she gets better!!

Savvy Gal said...

Oh no. I am not allergic to mango but once after having some dry mango I puffed up like a blow fish. That was rather unpleasant to say the least.

ModernMom said...

Oh dear. Sounds like you did the right things to help her with her itchy:( Hope you get it figured out!

nice A said...

Hi there, Rosebelle! Sorry I got so busy these past weeks so I had no chance to visit nice friends like you and even to update my blog.
Haven't heard about that allergy your daughter has suffered but I know that even old folks believe in bad food combination. But scientifically, I read before that certain kinds of food when combined may have various chemical reactions and it depends on the genetic make-up and blood type of people what possible reaction they may have. I'm getting curious to know more about it. Thanks for sharing and hope your daughter is well now.

Wendy said...

I'm not sure about banana and mango specifically, but Chinese people believe certain groups of food should definitley not be eaten together. I think mango is probably "fire" and banana is "cool". I'll have to check with my mom.

Ummie said...

I wanted to comment since yesterday but I did not know how to start but all great bloggers here are with wonderful tips.
Bananas & mangoes, my 2 favourite fruits but I usually choose which ripen naturally.
The 'forced ripening agent' (not sure the name) will leave unpleasant after taste that can upset the stomach.
I'd prefer to wash those fruits thoroughly before peeling as the unseen sap can cause crack to the lips corners.

Lazy Pineapple said...

Oh no...I hope your daughter is feeling better.
No clue about the allergic reaction..but in India if you have no cleaned the mango thoroughly and especially the place where the fruit is attached to the tree..you need to clean it with water and chop it off...you might get boils on your skin.

Mei Teng said...

I have heard of people complaining about their lips getting red and itchy after eating mangoes.

Muthering Heights said...

Hmmmm, how odd...I hope you find a solution!

reanaclaire said...

My teenaged girl is also very sensitive in her skin, she always have rashes all over her hands and arms.. seen a skin specialist and she was given some cream to apply whenever she sweats.. now she cannot take seafood..


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Gina F said...

OH Poor Thing! I hope your daughter is feeling better soon.

Mangos and bananas mixed together can cause a rash around the mouth, eyes and cheeks. Especially in young children. The peel contains a substance that causes a skin irriation or gastric upset. Also Mango sap is toxic and can cause a rash.

Gina
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Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

I've never heard of such a thing. I'd have mixed them too - I guess now you know!

Ebie said...

Based on my experience, I mixed fruits, especially our dessert called "halo-halo". It is a good idea to wash the mango, it might be the sap that had also helped caused it.

I hope she feels better now.