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From: Michele (
Subject:         Re: fig allergy?
Date: March 12, 2010 at 7:21 am PST

In Reply to: fig allergy? posted by heidi on August 20, 2008 at 7:02 pm:

Happened across your post while researching a story I'm writing, and wanted to reply. While I'm no doctor and don't think I'm allergic to figs, I have the same symptoms (burning tongue and lips) after eating melons, walnuts, and pecans, among other things. A few years back I read an article in Parents magazine that stated this might be signs of another allergy, like ragweed (which I AM allergic to)--the proteins in the fruit or food are close enough to those in the pollen that an allergic-type reaction occurs. I haven't gotten tested, just minimized my intake of those things. Don't know if that's what's going on, but thought I'd add another perspective. Consulting with a doctor is always a thought :) Good luck!

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