This is something I meant to post a long time ago and is another allergy to add to my growing list. I’m so greedy. I just need more allergies! Bring them on… NOT!
So this happened at my sister’s house a while ago now, back in the summer when we were eating meals in the garden, wearing dresses and not worrying about taking a coat when we went out.
She cooked me a lovely meal from The Eczema Detox: the low-chemical diet for eliminating skin inflammation CookBook (more on that in a later blog post)
The main course was a delicious fresh herby cod with sweet potato wedges and green beans. Simple, tasty and easy, my kind of meal!
The dessert was a papaya fruit which I have to say tasted delicious. Papaya is great for anyone with eczema, but not if you’re allergic to it!
But from the first mouthful I felt nauseous. I should have stopped eating it but at the time I didn’t attribute it to the fruit. I gradually got worse and worse and on the drive home I honestly thought I wouldn’t make it home without mishap… need I say more.
I spent the night with a sick bowl by the bed feeling so ill and the rest of the night scurrying to the bathroom. The less said about that the better. I finally felt well enough to relax and fell asleep at 5am. I cancelled my alarm and sacked off the morning ParkRun in favour of recuperation. I felt rotten, but the nausea and stomach upset had passed. As I nursed a sore belly I wondered, what could have caused this?
Was it food poisoning? I didn’t think so. I’ve had that kind of 12-24 hour food poisoning before and usually I don’t feel so much like I’m going to actually be sick. It’s always focused down the other end.
So I had to make that awful phone call to my lovely sister. Were you sick last night?
No… she was fine, and also mortified that what she cooked could have made me ill. But we ate exactly the same food so what was it? She was fine and I most definitely was not.
It took me about five minutes to discover the possible culprit – Thank you Google. Papaya cross reacts with latex. Boom! I am quite badly allergic to latex and this can cross react with quite a few different foods.
Now I had never considered this because I can eat kiwi, banana and other latex containing fruits so this was a bit of new one for me. Papaya is not something I ever eat. I’m a very traditional fruit eater and I’m not sure if I’ve had papaya before and if I did, could I have had a reaction and just put it down to IBS? I’ll never know. But without doing a food challenge I’ll never really be able to confirm this one. But I’m pretty certain that it was the Papaya because it all began pretty much right at the pudding stage.
I will be speaking to my allergy specialist and Dietitian next time I see them to see if this could have been the cause. A simple test may give us some confirmation.
Do you have a latex allergy? Do you avoid any fruit because of this? Have you ever had a reaction to Papaya?