Allergic reaction to tomatoes?
Yes, you read it right. People can actually have a tomato plant allergy.
A lot of people are allergic to popular vegetable garden plants including tomatoes. That means you are not alone.
This post aims to help you learn lots of relevant stuff about tomato plant allergy from what it is to preparing recipes! While it somehow sucks to experience such condition, at least you are now aware and can do proactive things against it.
- 1 What is Tomato Plant Allergy?
- 2 Tomato Plant Allergy Symptoms
- 3 How to Treat Tomato Plant Allergy
- 4 How to Treat Tomato Plant Allergy At Home
- 5 Recipes for People with a Tomato Allergy
- 6 Summary
What is Tomato Plant Allergy?
A tomato plant allergy is basically a type 1 tomato hypersensitivity. Also referred to as ‘contact allergies’, type 1 allergies are those type of sensitivity that can be triggered when a person is exposed to an allergen, in this case, a tomato. When a person having tomato hypersensitivity touches the said plant or eat it, histamines will enter their nose, skin, and even digestive and respiratory tracts. As a result, that person will have an allergic reaction.
Tomato-based products and tomatoes themselves are one of the most consumed foods on the planet. Good news is; tomato allergies in particular are actually rare, despite a lot of people having allergic reactions to common vegetable garden plants.
Read more: Different Types of Tomatoes
Tomato Plant Allergy Symptoms
One tricky thing about tomato plant allergy is it can either go mild or extremely severe.
People who are allergic to tomato plants will experience skin rashes as a result of touching a tomato plant. Extreme itching can be expected as well as the skin becoming red – which is pretty uncomfortable.
Symptoms may include the following:
- Nausea, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, or vomiting
- Hives, eczema, or skin rash
- Sneezing, coughing, runny nose, or wheezing
- An itchy throat and something swelling on that part
- Swelling on tongue, mouth, or the face
- On very rare cases, anaphylaxis
- A short note about tomato allergy eczema:
This is somewhat not that common as only 1 out of 10 people who already have a food allergy can experience. If you have eczema, tomatoes (especially when taken with nuts) can be an irritant.
Allergy-related eczema can be spotted immediately after being exposed to the allergen. Symptoms may include:
- Severe itching
How to Treat Tomato Plant Allergy
Consulting your doctor
Your best bet is to consult your doctor right away. While you can always browse the internet for solutions, nothing still beats the advice you can get from an actual health professional. When you think you’re having the symptoms of a potential tomato allergic reaction, it would be best to contact your doctor as soon as you can to prevent the situation from getting worse.
Medical test and treatment
You can’t be so sure. Just because you are having the symptoms listed above, doesn’t mean you really have a tomato allergy. You can at least undergo some tests first – which is the only way you can confirm the allergic reaction. For all you know, there’s another underlying condition hidden behind the symptoms you’re experiencing. Bottom line – let the doctor make some test and confirm.
Hypersensitivity to tomatoes can be confirmed with a blood test or prick test that determines immunoglobulin E (IgE).
How to Treat Tomato Plant Allergy At Home
The first thing you’d want to do after touching a tomato plant or any related object that may cause a reaction is to thoroughly wash the areas of your body that came in contact with that potential allergen. After which, you can apply treatments such as the next items on the list.
While you can’t always avoid getting in contact with tomato leaves (depending on your daily life activities and work), this condition can be easily treated with antihistamines. This is a topical steroidal ointment you can apply on your skin rashes.
Topical Hydrocortisone cream
After washing the areas that came in contact with running water and a nice soap, try applying topical hydrocortisone cream. It’s recommended to call the experts first. In severe cases, your doctor may recommend corticosteroid creams.
Recipes for People with a Tomato Allergy
Let’s admit it. It’s hard to name any delicious meal without tomatoes in it. Pizza and pasta are two of the biggest examples. So how can a person with tomato allergy eat all good food they’ve grown to love while not triggering the annoying reaction?
All you need is a bit unique different preparation of certain recipes. There’s a way to ditch tomatoes while still enjoying the food. Here are some recipes you can try:
1. Bechamel Sauce
This makes a great replacement for conventional tomato sauce. You can use this for pasta and pizzas.
- 4 tbsp. butter
- 1 cup vegetable broth or chicken
- 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1 cup half and half; must be cold
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp. grated onion
- 1 pinch ground cayenne pepper
- 1 pinch dried thyme
- ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
1.Get a small saucepan and turn on the stove on medium heat
2.Melt the butter and stir in the white pepper, salt, and flour
3.Add the cold half and half
4.Stir the mixture well
5.Continue cooking on medium heat
6.Continue stirring the mixture until they become thick
7.Once thick enough, turn off the stove
8.Now add the remaining seasonings
2. Alfredo Sauce
This one makes two servings so you might want to share with someone special or a friend who also has a tomato allergy.
- 1 egg yolk
- 8 fluid ounces whipping cream; heavy
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 3 tbsp. butter
- 2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup grated Romano cheese
- Salt to taste
- 1 pinch nutmeg; ground
1.Heat a small saucepan and turn on the stove on medium heat
2.Melt the butter in the saucepan and add heavy cream once melted
3.Stir in Romano and Parmesan cheese, along with nutmeg and salt
4.Stir the mixture continually
5.Once melted, add the egg yolk
6.For 3 to 5 minutes, let simmer over medium-low heat
7.Top the mixture with extra parmesan cheese
Overall, the best way to treat tomato rashes is to seek medical attention. Your physician knows the best antihistamines for your specific use. He can also prescribe topical ointments whenever necessary.
What you can do is to wash the area of the affected skin immediately. If you’re already diagnosed with this before, then you most probably already have some antihistamines or ointments in your kit.
Aside from learning how to treat tomato rashes, you can also start being more vigilant in reading food labels to avoid ingesting tomato ingredients.