By Michelle Fabio
If you’re reading this site it’s probably because you love tomatoes (although surely some tomato haters must have guilty pleasures too).
Sadly, though, some people cannot enjoy the tomato no matter how much they would like to because of a food allergy.
How do you know if you’re allergic to tomatoes?
Allergic reactions to tomatoes could include tingling of the lips or in the mouth or even a red, itchy rash. In extreme cases, anaphylactic shock, in which breathing becomes difficult, can occur–this of course requires immediate medical attention.
If you suspect a tomato allergy, you should see a doctor or licensed allergist for testing. Many of those allergic to tomatoes are sensitive to the IgE protein in raw tomatoes, which is sometimes destroyed when tomatoes are cooked.
Accordingly cooked tomatoes may be tolerated even by those with an allergy to raw tomatoes.
Notably, people with tomato allergies may also be allergic to other members of the nightshade family such as potatoes, peppers, and eggplant, so it’s always a good idea to get allergy testing done if any reactions to these appear.
Source: Got a Tomato Allergy?