July 19, 2012 2:38 PM Subscribe
Is it possible to randomly develop an allergy to eggplant / aubergine in one's late 30's?
posted by zarq to health & fitness (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've had meals containing eggplant four times in the last month and a half, and have felt ill after each. I flush bright red, break out into a sweat, feel dizzy and nauseous like I'm going to throw up, and then somehow manage to keep my meal down.
The symptoms slowly fade over a period of 60-90 minutes.
What I've eaten:
* Pizza with Eggplant
* Eggplant Parmigiana
* Eggplant Risotto (twice)
The pizza and parmigiana were from different sources. The Risottos were from a third restaurant.
I eat eggplant regularly -- perhaps once or twice a month. Have never had a problem. I'm allergic to a couple of things -- shellfish and sunflower, but they give me migraines, not stomach upset. I am sensitive to MSG salt, which also gives me migraines. So this is not a typical food allergy reaction for me. And from searching Google, it doesn't seem to be a typical allergic reaction for eggplant, either: people mostly seem to report itchy mouths.
Is it possible that I've suddenly developed a random allergy to eggplant? Can that even happen? If you have any insight into what might be happening here, I'd welcome it.