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What Are the Symptoms of Plantain Allergies?

By Meshell Powell
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Plantain allergies are relatively rare but can cause a variety of symptoms, most of them respiratory in nature. Sneezing, nasal congestion, and itchy, watery eyes are among the most frequently reported symptoms of this type of allergy. Skin problems such as rash, inflammation, and itching are also among the possible symptoms of allergies. More severe allergic symptoms may include chest pain, breathing difficulty, and loss of consciousness. Any potential signs of plantain allergies should be reported to a doctor for further medical evaluation.

Most plantain allergies are mild and resemble hay fever or other seasonal allergies. Itchy, watery eyes and sneezing may not be recognized as signs of an allergic reaction to this fruit, especially among those who already suffer from nasal allergies. Sinus pressure, headaches, and nasal congestion are also potential allergy symptoms. A doctor should be notified if allergy symptoms are suspected, as minor symptoms can quickly become serious or even life threatening.

Skin reactions may occur when consuming food products that contain plantains or by direct contact with the skin. Redness, itching, and mild to moderate inflammation may be signs of an allergic reaction. A skin rash or hives may also occur and should be evaluated by a doctor, especially if the skin begins to peel, blister, or ooze liquid.

Asthma-like symptoms such as wheezing or a feeling of chest tightness are possible signs of plantain allergies. Those who have been diagnosed with respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis, or emphysema may notice a worsening of symptoms after coming into contact with this fruit. If these symptoms become severe, a doctor should be consulted right away to make sure there are no serious complications.

Anaphylaxis is a potentially fatal type of allergic reaction that may occur among those who consume plantains and may develop suddenly, even if this fruit has not caused any negative reactions in the past. Facial swelling, especially involving the tongue or throat, should be treated as a medical emergency. Severe swelling of the throat can prevent oxygen from reaching the brain and other vital organs of the body, leading to permanent brain damage or death within a matter of minutes without immediate medical attention. Addition anaphylactic symptoms may include chest pain or loss of consciousness. If this type of reaction is suspected, an ambulance should be called so that important life-support measures can be implemented before the patient reaches the hospital.

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Discussion Comments

By bear78 — On Aug 08, 2013

I don't think that plantain and banana allergies are very common. The only person I know who has a banana allergy is my cousin. He gets sick when he has bananas, he develops nausea and diarrhea.

Oddly, he is able to have plantains without problems as long as they are cooked. You would think that people who are allergic to one are also allergic to the other because bananas and plantains are in the same family.

This is probably why plantain allergy symptoms differ so much, because people are allergic to different things in it. I think my cousin is allergic to the starch or protein in bananas, that's why he has gastrointestinal troubles instead of rashes and sneezing.

By bluedolphin — On Aug 08, 2013

@burcinc-- Getting an allergy test is the only way to know for sure, but it does sound like you have a mild allergy to plantains.

Not everyone has severe allergic reactions like hives and anaphylaxis. Allergies can be very mild to very severe. For example, I have a mild allergy to melon and I have the same symptoms as you, itching, redness and swelling around my mouth. But my daughter is severely allergic to strawberries and will have anaphylaxis if she eats any.

I think it would be best for you to avoid plantains because you never know when a mild allergy turns into a severe one.

By burcinc — On Aug 07, 2013

My lower lip swells and my mouth itches after I eat plantains. Does this mean I'm allergic?

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