Tomatillo allergies

As with other types of food allergies, people with tomato allergies might experience symptoms on their skin. This may include:

If you’re allergic to tomatoes, you may also have an allergic reaction to tomato juice and other fermented foods. These may include:

  • Tomato and tomato-based products
  • Raw, fermented vegetables, such as kimchi, pickles, and sauerkraut
  • Vinegar

Other risks of tomato allergies

Having a tomato allergy doesn’t mean you’ll develop a severe food allergy. It also doesn’t mean that other foods will cause the same reactions.

However, if you have a food allergy, you should stay away from tomato products and avoid eating any tomatoes. If you do eat them, make sure to thoroughly wash your hands before eating.

If you have a tomato allergy, you can also be at risk for:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Symptoms of tomato allergies

The symptoms of a tomato allergy can be mild or severe. The severity of the reaction varies based on the amount of tomato you eat and the type of tomato you’re allergic to.

Mild reactions

Mild reactions can include:

  • Red, itchy rashes
  • Skin irritation
  • Itching or rash on the mouth, lips, or nose
  • Hives
  • Hives in the mouth

Severe reactions

Severe reactions may include:

  • A severe rash
  • Swelling of the face, mouth, or throat
  • Anaphylaxis

How to treat a tomato allergy?

If you have a tomato allergy, you may be able to avoid most tomato-containing foods.

To avoid tomato-containing foods, you can avoid eating:

  • Raw tomatoes
  • Tomato-based products
  • Tomato juice and tomato sauce
  • Raw, fermented vegetables, such as sauerkraut

If you’re allergic to tomatoes, you may also be allergic to tomato-based products. This includes:

  • Tomato juice
  • Tomato paste
  • Tomato sauce
  • Tomato soup

To avoid these products, you can:

  • Use a food and drug monitor to be sure that only pure tomato products are in your diet.
  • Eat only products that have been pasteurized.
  • Avoid tomato-based products that come in a plastic container.
  • Avoid tomato-based products that come in a glass jar.
  • Avoid tomato-based products that are in a plastic bag.
  • Ask your healthcare provider about using an elimination diet to see if you’re allergic to tomatoes.

How to avoid a tomato allergy?

If you have a tomato allergy, you can avoid tomato products by using an elimination diet. You can also use a food and drug monitor to be sure that only pure tomato products are in your diet.

If you’re allergic to tomato and tomato-based products, avoid them whenever possible. If you do eat them, make sure to thoroughly wash your hands before eating.

If you’re allergic or sensitive to tomato-based products, you may also be allergic to:

  • Tomato products that have been pasteurized.
  • Tomato-based products that come in a plastic container.
  • Tomato-based products that come in a glass jar.
  • Tomato-based products that are in a plastic bag.

To avoid tomato-based products that come in a plastic container or plastic bag, ask your healthcare provider about using an elimination diet to see if you’re allergic to tomatoes.

If you’re sensitive to tomato products, you may be able to use an oral immunotherapy. This is when your healthcare provider carefully administers small doses of the allergen over a period of time.

How to manage a tomato allergy?

If you have an allergy to tomato, you may be able to manage it with a food and drug monitor. This is when a healthcare provider checks your diet for tomato-containing foods and other foods that may cause a reaction.

A food and drug monitor can help you avoid tomato and tomato-containing foods.

You can also avoid tomato and tomato-containing foods by using an elimination diet. This is when you avoid these foods for a period of time to see if you’re no longer allergic to them.

When to see a doctor?

If you’re experiencing symptoms of a tomato allergy, you should visit your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider will check your diet and symptoms to see if you’re sensitive to tomato and tomato-containing foods.

If you’re already using an oral immunotherapy, you may be able to use a food and drug monitor. This is when you use small doses of the allergen to see if you’re no longer allergic to it.

Your healthcare provider may also suggest that you avoid tomato products and tomato-containing foods.

If you’re having issues with the use of an oral immunotherapy due to an allergy, you may want to visit your healthcare provider. They can help you find an alternative treatment.

How to prevent a tomato allergy?

If you’re trying to prevent a tomato allergy, consider avoiding tomato products altogether. If you can, use an elimination diet to see if you’re no longer allergic to tomato.

If you’re not allergic to tomatoes, you may still want to avoid tomato products.

If you’re not allergic to tomato or tomato-containing products, but you’re experiencing symptoms of an allergy, you may want to see your healthcare provider. They can help you find an alternative treatment.

Take a look at our blog for more information on food allergies.

Outline of a tomato allergy

What are the symptoms of a tomato allergy?

Allergic reactions to tomatoes are common. About 8 in 10 people in the United States have a tomato allergy. Symptoms of a tomato allergy can range from mild to severe.

Mild symptoms

Mild symptoms of a tomato allergy can include:

  • Itching
  • Hiccups
  • A runny nose

Moderate to severe symptoms

Moderate to severe symptoms of a tomato allergy can include:

  • Skin rash
  • Hiccupping
  • Sneezing
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • A skin rash

What are the risk factors of a tomato allergy?

You may be more likely to develop a tomato allergy if you:

  • Have allergies to other foods, such as egg, cow milk, and wheat
  • Have a family history of allergies
  • Have a food allergy at a young age

If you think you may have a tomato allergy, talk to your healthcare provider. They can help you find out if you’re likely to have a reaction to tomatoes or if you should just avoid them.

The takeaway

Tomatoes are a common food in the American diet. They are a part of many recipes and can be used in many different ways. If you’re sensitive to tomatoes, you may be able to tolerate them.

If you’re sensitive to tomatoes, you may want to avoid tomato products. You can also use an elimination diet to see if you’re no longer allergic to them.

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