Posted on 01 March 2008 by tomatocasual.com

Tomato Allergies: Part I

TomatoBy 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?

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65 Responses to “Tomato Allergies: Part I”

  1. tomatocasual.com Mo Says:

    My daughter appears to be allergic to tomato products. She doesn’t get sick or anything, but when she eats spaghetti sauce, pizza, lasanga, etc., she develops a rash all around her mouth. She’s 14 now, and had eczema when she was a baby, and this looks similar, but the only time it happens is when she’s eaten some type of tomato sauce. She doesn’t like fresh tomatoes anyway, so we’ve never seen anything there. The rash will last for several days, but this most recent flareup was worse because she had spaghetti, then 3 days later had pizza. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

  2. tomatocasual.com aMBER Says:

    i THOUGHT I HAD A TOMATOE ALLERGY CAUSE ONE NIGHT I ATE SPAGHETTI TWENTY MUNTU’S LATER STOMACH WAS CRAMPING PALM;S HEAD AND SOLE’S OF FEET ITCHING AND HIVE’S EVRYWHERE THEY STAYD FOR 8 DAY’S AS I HAD A NEW BABY AND TOOK NO ANTIHISTAMINE FOR IT NOT THINKING I ATE TACO BELL FOR A MONTH STRAIGHT JST GOT WITHOUT TOMATOE;S AND THEN A MONTH LATER A LIL PART OF MY LIP GOT PUFFY NOT MUCH AT ALL JST FELT LIKE IT WAS FLUTTRING SO I LOOKD IN MIRROR AND IT CAME DOWN AND TOUCHD MY BOTTOM LIP A HAIR QUICKR THEN MY RIGHT SIDE LOL SO I THOUGHT IT WAS TACO BELL CAUSE I WAS EATING A TACO AT THE MOMENT IT HAPPEND I CHECK INGRIDIENT’S IN MEAT TOMATO POWDR THOUGHT LIKE I SAID I ATE IT FOR AMONTH STRAIGHT BEFORE THIS HAPPND WITH MY LIP THE LIP THING ALSO HAPPND WHILE EATING CHICKEN AT KFC WONDRD IF ONE OF THEIR SECRET INGRIDIENT’S IS TOMATO POWDR WHT IS YOUR TAKE ON IT?

  3. tomatocasual.com Christa Says:

    Has anyone ever had an itchy head from eating tomatoes? My daughter’s head will itch so bad that she is in tears. Her scalp looks very healthy. I am thinking it might be tomatoes because her lips burn when she eats some tomato products but I have never heard if someone’s scalp itching.

  4. tomatocasual.com Dottie Says:

    My scalp doesn’t itch when i have a reaction to tomato but when i use hair dye it does. I think allergies react differently on different people. I do carry and epi-pen for my tomato allergy though. Have your daughter checked out, especially if her lips are burning, dont’ take the chance.

  5. tomatocasual.com Amber Says:

    i have a question guys i thought i developed a tomatoe allergy two almost three years ago aftr my third baby i ate spaghetti one night and within thirty minutes(may have started before i ate cant member i know hives definantly came after) i had stomach cramps itchy head palms and soles and broke out in hives all over that would come and go for 8 days(i took no medicine as i had a newborn) anyway i got really scared to try tomatoes again with the fear of an anaphalatic reaction. i went to allergist they drew my blood and sent it off to see if i was allergic it was negative so they did skin test it did raise like a mosquito bite but they said it was negative cause it was the size of the negative control not the positive so i then brought in a real tomatoe and they did skin test with its juice and it didnt raise at all so it was negative(i wondered if she used enough juice and did it right as she had never done with actual food item). so then i came in and ate bout three tablespoons of canned diced tomatoes and was fine til bout five hours later i thought my throat felt tight though i do that a lot with anxiety the allergist said if it was the tomatoes it wouldve been alot sooner as the first reaction started happening while eating the spaghetti(possibly before) and then developed rapidly within the first thiry minutes after…..so i waited bout a year and finally got brave enough to eat two pieces of pizzas and was fine (which on a pizza total their is only a half cup of sauce which wouldve left me eating only like three teaspoons or tablespoons i cant member correctly the math part it was one or the other) so the next night i went to eat spaghetti and took two bites and sneezed and thought i had a little itchy spot on my back i freaked out and ate something else…..my question is for those of you with tomatoe allergy especially the severe kind could you tolerate eating two pieces of pizza and not develop symptoms?

  6. tomatocasual.com Dottie Says:

    My reaction was the same way as yours and the next reactions were the same as yours as well, they didn’t happen right away. I also went for the skin test and had about the same results, the doctor however said that since I had the first reaction and it was so bad, that she would definitely say I was allergic to it, because I had the reaction.

    Since than if I touch tomato, or accidently get some in my mouth the same thing happens and I itch. To me its not worth taking the chance.

    Someone told me our bodies change x amount of times and what your allergic to for x amount of years, you may outgrow. I had an egg allergy a few months after my daughter was born and its only been 3 years now that that allergy is gone and I can eat eggs again.

    But I am also finding I have the itchy reaction when I use hair dye, so I try to watch out for as much as I can. Kind of scary to live your life like that though.

    It may or may not be a true allergy there are allergies and there are….intolerances. Ask your doctor I believe they are different.

  7. tomatocasual.com Amber Says:

    would you be able to tolerate eating two pieces of pizza with absolutely no symptons though that is what i did and no reaction at all

  8. tomatocasual.com Steven Forbes Says:

    Hello Michelle Fabio, My wife cut several tomatoes and put them on a mesh screen to dry them outside. when it got dark outside she brought them into the dining area and put them on the table where I was working on my computor and she put 4 trays 2 feet by 2 feet of sliced tomatoes. After about 5 minutes my skin started to itch. my wife said it was in my head but the next morning when I got up I went to my computer and about 5 minutes I could feel the damp air from the tomatoes and my skin started to itch. I have looked online and have only found articles about eating tomatoes which cause itching etc. but not from the gases or fumes from the tomatoe. Does the fumes cause anything else to the lungs or eyes? or maybe to plants nearby? Will the acid from the fumes cause damage to any cloth on the sofa or art work on the wall? Please let me know.
    Thank you, Steven Forbes of Ventura Ca.

  9. tomatocasual.com Jennifer Says:

    My 8 year old daughter seems to have an allergy to tomatoes. She only has a reaction, though, to raw tomatoes. She doesn’t get itchy or swollen, instead several hours after ingesting them it just comes back up. Other than that she appears fine. She eats pizza and salsa without any problems. Has anyone else had this kind of reaction (throwing up)?

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  11. tomatocasual.com Melissa Says:

    I had severe pain in July 2014 and got to see a gastroenterologist. Gall Bladder was checked, had an endoscopy and colonoscopy done. Nothing was found except the bacteria h. plylori. I took meds for it. Now since July I have avoided all tomato based sauces except for pizza, had that a few times. I can eat raw tomatoes no problem. But I made pasta fagioli and had pain in my side again after eating it. This is the first bought of pain again since I had it in July. Could it be what is in tomatoes? Where do I go from here? Any suggestions?

  12. tomatocasual.com Nightshade Allergy Sufferer Says:

    Hi there! I just wanted to caution everyone with a nightshade allergy (like me) to be careful with many medications as well, that are derived from nightshades. Things such as scopolamine and atropine, that can be given as emergency medications, can trigger anaphylaxis in people with severe nightshade allergies. I almost died from just such an allergic reaction (suffered before we knew about my allergy), so please be careful!

  13. tomatocasual.com Mary Says:

    I have just discovered this web site by accident and am amazed by all the allergic reactions people are suffering from eating tomatoes.
    I am in my mid seventies and it took me until in my twenties to discover that the large amount of very painful mouth ulcers I had suffered with all my life was caused by eating raw tomatoes. As soon as I eliminated them from my diet, the ulcers stopped recurring.
    I can eat cooked tomatoes, and very recently I found that if I choose miniature baby tomatoes and remove all the seeds before eating raw, then I do not have an allergic reaction. But I only have them rarely as a special treat.
    My nephew also has the same reaction of mouth ulcer when he eats raw tomatoes.
    I do not have any of the symptoms of rashes as described by others – so I consider myself very lucky!

  14. tomatocasual.com Carol Says:

    I have found out I am allergic to tomatoes but it effect my bladder it is like I am on fire and last for about 24 hours I never noticed it until I had Bladder Cancer starting in 2008 I just figured it was from the chemo the doctors were inserting into the bladder. In 2015 I unfortunately still had the cancer with numerous chemo treatments, but had finally changed doctors to Baylor and they removed the cancer once again and started to put chemo in the bladder and they told me they decided not to because my bladder was so red and inflamed they did not feel it would be safe. This was the first time anyone had said that, so I started looking for any reason my bladder would be like that and it finally came down to tomatoes the night before the doctors told me how inflamed I was I had eaten Mexican food. Like everybody else I thought it was in my head recently we were going to eat Mexican food again so I called stayed on the phone with the restaurant making sure what did not have tomatoes in it, so I ordered the rice and immediately after I started feeling bad so I call the restaurant the next day and ask what was in the rice they said just rice I ask how it was cooked and oh with tomatoes so moral to the story is I guess it is not all in my head.

  15. tomatocasual.com Danielle Says:

    I have an issue every time I eat tomato products (pizza, spaghetti, salsa, canned tomatoes, ect.) but it feels like my throats swells just a little not enough to cause breathing issues or anything like that but just enough to notice it and make it harder to swallow. I haven’t been tested or anything yet but I’m pretty sure it’s the tomatoes. I don’t avoid them, though maybe I should, but tomatoes are my favorite food and it’d suck to not be able to eat them. Could it maybe be something else like something added to the tomatoes while being processed or am I doomed to have to avoid my favorite veggie?

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