Banana is a fruit that every parent hands their kids before their sports game , and even for breakfast. But occasionally, some of us experience unpleasant reactions to said fruit. Now it might take us by surprise when that happens because really, allergies are not even acknowledged by a lot of people, especially when seen in kids. So, how do you know if you have banana intolerance?

 

Common Symptoms

You can watch out for some of the common allergy symptoms seen in people, which are:

  • itching or swelling of the lips, tongue, and throat
  • hives
  • swollen, itchy, or red eyes
  • runny nose or sneezing
  • shortness of breath
  • abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhoea
  • anaphylaxis (in severe cases)

 

What You Should Know

Now, here we’d like to point out that it is possible for you to develop the symptoms just by coming in contact with banana peel. Banana intolerance or allergy is often referred to as Latex-fruit allergy[1]. Some of the proteins in the rubber trees that produce latex are known to cause allergies, and they are similar to the proteins found in nuts and fruits, like bananas in this scenario.

 

Additional Stuff To Watch Out For

There’s another set of symptoms that is seen in people with banana intolerance, (the symptoms appear only after consuming the fruit. After a few days, as in this case, the process of reaction is a bit longer). The body identifies the protein present in banana as foreign and causes release of IgG antibodies. The symptoms are as follows:

Having red eyes could be an intolerance bananas

Having red eyes could be an intolerance bananas

 

  • Bloating
  • Stomach pain
  • Stomach cramps
  • Excessive gas[2]
  • Diarrhoea
  • Headaches
  • Rashes

 

 

 

What You Should Do

If you experience any of these symptoms, immediately seek medical help no matter how mild they be as the severity levels can quickly progress. After getting your symptoms treated you should make sure it’s not any other underlying condition that is causing these symptoms. After other diseases are ruled out, and you think the cause of your distress is banana intolerance, it’s probably a wise choice to take a Food Sensitivity test. Food allergies can be dangerous and sometimes fatal.

By getting an early diagnosis, you can get a handle on your diet. With the help of professional treatment, you can even overcome your banana intolerance or at least consume a little bit of this healthy snack, if you wish to. Nonetheless, it’s imperative to get a diagnosis as people who are allergic to bananas are often allergic to nuts, kiwis, and some other foods as well.

 

Author

Written by Dr Enzo Fornari, trained as Pharmaceutical Biotechnologist, with PhD qualification in Biophysics and surface analysis. Dr Enzo is employed by Healthy Stuff as a Scientific Researcher: validating our tests, researching new testing methods and ensuring best practice in the lab. You can check out his profile here.

 

Take Control For A Better Living

Good thing is, you can help yourself be safe and in control. You can take an easy and convenient test at home from Test Your Intolerance. The results will be available to you on your registered email and app in five days only. As allergies are usually hereditary, they have packages for families as they promote a hazard free and healthy living. You can check out the variety of tests at Test Your Intolerance and choose the one that suits you best.

Follow the right management after your results, and there’s nothing that should stop you from living a better quality of life.

[1] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12440950/

[2] https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/stomach-liver-and-gastrointestinal-tract/flatulence

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