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Sep 23, 2003 08:23 PM

Potatoes make me sneeze

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So we all know that cuttings onions can make you cry, but cutting potatoes makes me sneeze. I've always noticed it a little, but tonight was like a full-blown allergic sneezing fit as I was dicing some reds for dinner. Sometimes it's worse, other times I don't experience it at all. I really only noticed the correlation recently (probably cuz such a thing never entered my mind as a possibility). Or maybe I'm just a freak.

Anybody else ever had this happen to them? If so, are certain varieties worse than others? I may have to investigate scientifically ...

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  1. Face're a freak!

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    1. re: Cynical Chef

      Oh, I am fully aware of my freakishness. Just curious if I am alone in my abnormality ;)

    2. I am allergic to several raw fruits and vegetables. In addition to problems eating them raw I also have reactions to handling them raw. I get asthma, aand sometimes a runny nose, from peeling potatoes and have to do it under running water. My hands itch afterwards if I forget to use food prep gloves. I have noticed less or more reaction at times but never checked whether it was from different varieties or not.

      1. Uhh.. other than an allergic reaction , I'd say you're pretty much alone . I've never heard of that one . Potatos are so , so ... unoffensive . Hmm , ever tried eating a raw bite ? Just wondering . I'd be careful either way .

        1. If you're a freak than so am I.

          1. Not at all freakish. Potatoes are a member of the nightshade family (which also includes tomatoes, peppers and eggplant). Vegetables in the nightshade family contain oxylates -- fairly common allergens that are also known to aggravate inflammatory conditions (like arthritis).

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            1. re: GG Mora

              Ahhh, science! Thanks. I figured it should be fairly common given the prevalence of food allergies. I've always had slight reactions (tingling in the mouth) to certain apple varieties. This seems to happen much more often with fruit that's not quite ripe (peaches and plums come to mind as well as apples in this respect). Related possibly?