A mango allergy can be confused with urushiol allergy. The first, mango allergy, causes an allergic reaction after ingestion of the food. The second, urushiol allergy, is a result of contact with the mango or the mango tree sap. Urushiol allergy can cause mild to severe skin reactions that can mimic a poison ivy reaction.
Are there products made with mango that I should avoid along with the fruit itself?
Yes, dried mango, mango pulp, mango juice, and mango wine are products made from the fruit. There are two beverages that contain mango; lassi and aamras. Tropical fruit candies, juices, and fruit snacks may also contain mango. Check the label of all products before purchase to avoid your allergens.
Are there any cross reactive foods related to mango?
Yes, people with a mango allergy may cross react with latex. Botanically speaking, poison ivy, cashew, and pistachio are cousins of the mango. Talk with your allergist to discuss whether you should be tested for any of these foods or latex.
If you suspect you have food allergies, see your doctor or allergist for testing and diagnosis. Knowing what foods to avoid and carrying emergency medicine like epinephrine, if needed, can save your life if you have a serious allergy.