Tomato allergy is an adverse immune response to proteins found in tomatoes. While not as common as some other food allergies, it can cause various symptoms in sensitive individuals. This type of allergy is often associated with skin reactions but can also affect other systems of the body....


What are symptoms of tomato allergy?

  • Skin reactions like hives, rashes, or eczema
  • Itching or tingling sensation in the mouth
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain
  • Nasal congestion, sneezing, or runny nose
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • In rare cases, anaphylaxis

What foods cross-react with tomato allergy?

Individuals with a tomato allergy might also react to other members of the nightshade family, including:

  • Potatoes
  • Peppers (bell peppers, chili peppers)
  • Eggplants Additionally, people with latex allergy (latex-fruit syndrome) might experience cross-reactivity with tomatoes.

When should I consider getting a tomato allergy test?

  • If you experience allergic symptoms after consuming tomatoes or tomato-based products.
  • If you have allergies to other nightshade vegetables.
  • If you have a latex allergy and experience symptoms when consuming tomatoes or other related foods.
  • For children, before introducing tomatoes into their diet, especially if there is a family history of allergies.

How do I reduce my tomato allergy symptoms?

  • Avoid tomatoes and tomato-containing products like sauces, ketchup, and soups.
  • Read food labels carefully to identify and avoid tomato ingredients.
  • Be cautious in restaurants and inform the staff about your allergy to avoid cross-contamination.
  • For mild symptoms, over-the-counter antihistamines may provide relief.
  • In the case of severe allergies, carry an epinephrine auto-injector if prescribed.
  • Consult with an allergist for accurate diagnosis and personalized management strategies.

Test(s) that measure/test for Tomato

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