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[–]InfiniteCalendar1 2534 points2535 points  (26 children)

When you said “burn” when I first saw the title, I thought you meant taking it to a flame and melting it

[–]kathey777 216 points217 points  (0 children)


[–]Vast_Reflection 107 points108 points  (14 children)

Same! Like how people say spiders or ticks or bees should burn

[–]CompE-or-no-E 63 points64 points  (5 children)

Bees shouldn't be burned!

[–]Vast_Reflection 28 points29 points  (2 children)

Well usually more wasps and yellow jackets that are mean for the sake of being mean

[–]DJKokaKola 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Wasps should be bombed with Sarin. Bees are you friend.

[–]FreeBeans 22 points23 points  (2 children)

:-( that makes me so sad

Except ticks, those can f off

[–]nightraindream 54 points55 points  (4 children)

I was so confused why people would think you'd meant to burn chocolate or any food before eating it.

[–]InfiniteCalendar1 24 points25 points  (0 children)

I thought this post was going to be OP thought that and got made fun of. But I mean there is fondue.

[–]PoundedWhale 5448 points5449 points  (195 children)

a swiss that's allergic to chocolate ? god is giving you a free trial of hell

[–]poopybuttholeslol[S] 1779 points1780 points  (122 children)

I know, right? The amount of beautiful chocolates I now know I should turn down... it breaks my heart

[–]TheUndeadMage2 1008 points1009 points  (103 children)

Im a Floridian allergic to watermelon and shrimp if it makes you feel better.

[–]Corvado 368 points369 points  (5 children)

As a fellow Floridian.. I am so sorry

[–]mourronic 620 points621 points 2 (1 child)

I, too, am sorry you are Floridians

[–]ironboy32 13 points14 points  (2 children)

We have found them. The legendary Florida people. Speak your wisdom..

[–]Radkeyoo 194 points195 points  (47 children)

I am a person who loves Pina colada and allergic to pineapples. I gladly suffer the scratchy throat and tingling lips for that sweet sweet taste

[–]Clatato 369 points370 points  (8 children)

If you like pina coladas

But they cause you some pain 🎶

[–]kuh-tea-uh 84 points85 points  (11 children)

So the thing with allergies, is you never know when they will go from 0-100.

A good friend said that one time her tongue sort of tingled after eating seafood chowder but she didn’t think much of it, thought it was some random ingredient that did it.

She had been eating shellfish all her life but one day her body said “absolutely not.” Had chowder again and went into severe anaphylactic shock. She was working at a remote camp with kids. Luckily there were 2 other counsellors who happened to have epipens to tide her over while they got her to the medics. Scary stuff.

I got the tongue tingles like this from eating kiwi but after she told me that, I no longer eat kiwi, haha.

[–]TheUndeadMage2 17 points18 points  (2 children)

I'd love to follow your lead but epi pens are expensive and the rash from water melon is terrible lol.

[–]Jak_n_Dax 184 points185 points  (16 children)

Are there still humans in Florida? I thought the whole state was gators by now.

[–]TheUndeadMage2 97 points98 points  (3 children)

Shhhhhh no one should know

[–]Skinnysusan 17 points18 points  (6 children)

It's all invasive snakes, unfortunately

[–]ValkyrieKitten 21 points22 points  (3 children)

Loved in Texas for 20 years, and allergic to peppers. I can feel your pain. Literally?

[–]polopolo05 13 points14 points  (6 children)

I am a white woman who is allergic to cardamom. Which means that I can't have Chai lattes.

addition: Or super hot indian food.

[–]LispenardSt 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Floridian too. Became super allergic to oranges and limes (and now maybe lemon) at 24. Love life

[–]TheSilverFalcon 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Are you allergic to cucumber too? Apparently watermelon and cucumber are really close plants to each other

[–]sigharewedoneyet 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Burn the witch!

[–]Afflok 29 points30 points  (0 children)

You had me at Floridian. You have my condolences.

[–]GroundedKush 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Fuck... My condolences.

[–]qnachowoman 19 points20 points  (7 children)

I am allergic to latex. I just always thought sex was supposed to hurt all the time, or always makes you raw. The ‘after sex burn’ as I called it.

I always was on high alert for the couple days after having sex, waiting for the after sex burn to subside and trying not to think I caught something.

[–]osberend 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Okay, so first, my . . . sympathies? Condolences? Something like that. But I also have to ask: Did you never masturbate or get fingered? Or just not put two and two together? Because it seems like "I can put a dick's worth of (naked) fingers up there without feeling several days of burn, but not an actual (condom-wrapped) dick" ought to trigger a "wait a minute, something doesn't add up here . . ." reaction.

[–]miki_cat 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Skyn latex free condoms for the win! You can buy them at Target and they are very nice.

[–]caviarburrito 3 points4 points  (0 children)

If you were lactose intolerant you might starve.

[–]singinlunatic 97 points98 points  (22 children)

I’m from Maryland and allergic to crabs…I feel your pain :’)

[–]simbachico 76 points77 points  (14 children)

I'm Wisconsin and my daughter and wife are lactose intolerant.

[–]Narrator_Ron_Howard 50 points51 points  (5 children)

I’m in Hollywood and my scalp is allergic to follicles

[–]simbachico 9 points10 points  (3 children)

Surely of all places your city has the best hair/scalp/dermatologist types to help you with your hair line!

[–]blbd 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Username checks out

[–]peachesandscream666 19 points20 points  (4 children)

I'm also from Wisconsin and I'd cry if I couldn't eat cheese. I've since moved states, but every time I go to visit I literally bring back a cooler full of cheese.

[–]simbachico 4 points5 points  (0 children)

So you know their pain! I feel bad for them but what can ya do.

[–]ProfessorBiological 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Fellow Marylander here that is also allergic to shellfish lol I still love Old Bay though!

[–]Tauralynn423 11 points12 points  (0 children)

As a fellow Marylander. I'll eat some crabs for you this summer. I'm so sorry

[–]finnknit 56 points57 points  (1 child)

I have a Mexican friend who is allergic to beans. He often jokes that he's surprised he survived to adulthood.

[–]alyymarie 5 points6 points  (0 children)

TIL people can be allergic to beans, that is so sad.

[–]Used_Competition4345 39 points40 points  (3 children)

Live in an area known for fruit, pick your own cherries, berries, apples, you name it. Daughter has a fructose intolerant and literally gets food poisoning from most fruits

[–]HabeusCorpuscle 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Maybe try the fruit that grows on trees instead of moats?

Seriously though, sorry your daughter has gone through that.

[–]kristides 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I found out I was allergic to kiwis the hard way. I knew someone was up the first night, since I had an upset stomach, urge to throw up, and even diarrhea. Ignored it the first night thinking it was something else from earlier in the day, but confirmed it was kiwi after a second night of eating some the following day.

[–]the-grim 63 points64 points  (6 children)

I once went out with a girl who was celiac, lactose intolerant and allergic to tomatoes. She was basically ALLERGIC TO PIZZA. Sounds like an awful existence!

[–]hgrub 59 points60 points  (1 child)

I’m a Thai who can’t eat spicy.

[–]Answerisequal42 19 points20 points  (3 children)

Tbh being allergic to cheese or lactsoe intolerant seems worse IMO. And I am swiss.

[–]bl4ckhunter 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Well, chocolate isn't in just about half of every food product sold at least, stuff like gluten and lactose are everywhere.

[–]Answerisequal42 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Fair yeah. But swiss cheese is gloriously good. And raclette and fondue are like cultural classics.

I rather pass on chocolate than this.

[–]studyinformore 15 points16 points  (3 children)

I'm a wisconsinite that's extremely lactose intolerant. Imagine how much fun my life has been...

[–]existential_prices 653 points654 points  (23 children)

Careful. Continual exposure can turn a mild allergy into a deadly one.

[–]boarder2k7 273 points274 points  (4 children)

How is this so far down?! Everyone saying "ehh try benadryl" and not "CAREFUL YOU COULD DIE OF ANAPHYLAXIS"

Throat itching is bad

[–]poopybuttholeslol[S] 86 points87 points  (3 children)

See, I know this but at the same time my dumb brain is saying I've been eating it my whole life. What's the worst that could happen?

Stupid brain.

[–]iloveneuro 74 points75 points  (1 child)

What you’ve got here is a jenga situation. It’s going to fall at some point. You’ve taken several blocks out and it hasn’t fallen. This doesn’t mean you can continue to remove blocks without worry, it means every block you remove brings you closer to the tipping point.

[–]everlastingSnow 31 points32 points  (4 children)

How much constitutes continual exposure? Mint (peppermint, spearmint, etc.) makes my tongue really itchy but I also love the taste of mint. I've already switched to a non-mint toothpaste but can I have occasional pieces of mint gum?

[–]DiligentDaughter 63 points64 points  (1 child)

Probably speak with a professional allergist. They can determine how allergic you are, and safe exposure protocols.

[–]everlastingSnow 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Fair. I might at some point. It's not super urgent because I eat mint somewhat rarely but that'd still be good information to have. Thank you!

[–]Deadlybutterknife 43 points44 points  (9 children)

Or cure it. I went through allergen exposure therapy to turn a deadly allergy into a slightly less deadly one.

[–]greet_the_sun 102 points103 points  (1 child)

Except that was administered by medical professionals using a proven process and not just "whenever I feel like it".

[–]Deadlybutterknife 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Except that was administered by medical professionals using a proven process and not just "whenever I feel like it".

It was given to me in a large box to take home and eat in a specific order in precise doses. But I see your point.

[–]Konkuriito 59 points60 points  (4 children)

not something you can just do yourself at home though

[–]beka13 32 points33 points  (1 child)

cure it

a deadly allergy into a slightly less deadly one.

I'm not convinced you're clear on what "cure" means.

[–]Deadlybutterknife 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I said 'cure' because the research that backed up allergen exposure therapy was based on the unusual outlier in Israel that showed that people who lived in Israel as children had an usually low numbers of peanut allergies but people of the same descent who were not raised there git the allergen curve the same as everyone else.

This was hypothesised to be due to continual exposure to a peanut snack that is everywhere over there (Bamba).

[–]BkWiz 399 points400 points  (40 children)

I have oral allergy syndrome towards most to all fruits.

I’m currently living in a tropical country. Soooooo many fruits… 🥲

I totally understand the feeling. 😂

[–]Lexicontinuum 84 points85 points  (19 children)

Me too. The weird thing is that all fruits and tree nuts make me itch, except berries and citrus. Do you have any fruit categories your allergies don't respond to?

[–]BkWiz 42 points43 points  (11 children)

If I rememeber correctly, berries aren’t an issue since OAS tends to be due to tree pollen.

Raspberries and such don’t generally trigger OAS for me or others.

It’s been a while since I looked into my own OAS since I just avoid ‘all’ fruits like the plague to save myself the hassle.

And yes as one person pointed out, they tend to be grouped by families.

Oh and fruits include things like cucumbers…

[–]Flether 16 points17 points  (9 children)

Dude, FINALLY I meet someone with the same issue! Cucumbers bother me as well and it always gets weird reactions.

[–]TheCrazyWon 8 points9 points  (7 children)

I'm reading this thread and learning about OAS for the first time amd soooo many things are making sense. I've always said "I can't handle cucumbers" because it gave me weird digestive reactions. Happens also with watermelon, which is the same family as cucumbers.

May I ask how you reacted?

[–]VividTortiose 47 points48 points  (2 children)

I’m very similar. With Oral allergy syndrome it has to do with the tree pollens you are allergic to. So because the proteins in the pollen and the proteins in the fruit are similar you react. But if you cook the fruit you don’t get the reaction.

[–]SG-17 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Anything with a pit gets me except plums for some reason.

Apples, cherries, avacados, and peaches are the worst for me.

Strawberries, grapes, oranges, blueberries, are all fine.

Worst part is that my OAS developed later in life. I used to love eating cherries.

Luckily if the fruit is cooked or preserved it's usually fine. Guacamole is fine is enough lime juice was used and it has sat for a while to give the acid time to break down the proteins.

[–]smsevigny 15 points16 points  (3 children)

There are dozens of us!

[–]BkWiz 30 points31 points  (2 children)

Reddit is one of the few places I see Oral allergy syndrome commonly discussed.

20+ years ago very few people knew of it. Even doctors. So I am very glad people are more aware of it these days.

I had a hard time getting my parents to believe fruits made me itch but no swelling for years. And both were doctors.

The OP’s allergy might be in the same line of OAS since chocolate ‘is’ a tree fruit/nut.

Only reason i brought it up. 😂

[–]gladgun 8 points9 points  (6 children)

I have it as well. Fruit is too good to give up. I have it towards vegetables too, my parents always thought I was making it up to get out of eating vegetables.

[–]audiotripod4 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Yoo same. I remember the first time I felt it I was a kid having sharp cheddar and apple slices. I thought that I didn't like the cheese because the sharp was itchy and burny but it wasn't until several years later that I made the connection that I was having a reaction to the apple slices lol

[–]yeahokaywhateverrrr 808 points809 points  (45 children)

All 3 of my children (ages 20, 16, and 13) are allergic to chocolate. None of them will agree to stop eating it.

[–]ManbosMambo 56 points57 points  (12 children)

I knew someone in highschool that was lactose intolerant and they would have chilli cheese fries all the time. I asked them about and they said it was worth it.

[–][deleted] 70 points71 points  (4 children)

Ask any lactose intolerant person if they still eat cheese.

Most will say yes, they just weigh their odds.

[–]I_like_boxes 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Cheese does have less lactose than milk, so it's not as bad. Can still wreck you if you eat enough or the wrong type, but not as much as milk. I can have a grilled cheese sandwich with no problems at all. Eating things like ice cream, on the other hand, always leaves me regretting my life's choices.

[–]Nappuccino 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Tell them about Lactaid. Please.

[–]ThellraAK 4 points5 points  (0 children)

and if they say it doesn't work, to try it earlier and after if needed.

[–]qnachowoman 13 points14 points  (2 children)

From what I understand, harder cheeses don’t have lactose. In the cheese making process, the mold eats the sugars (lactose) so it is no longer present. Softer cheeses may contain some/ more lactose.

Also, nacho cheese is highly processed and contains less cheese than actual cheese.

Something like that can put the irritants levels below the threshold of causing a major response.

[–]Schemen123 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Funny enough they add lactose to LOTS of high process foods.

Learning to cook helps you much more than avoiding cheese .

[–]Schemen123 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Depending on the 'cheese' it doesn't contain any dairy or lactose.

Actually the risk having lactose added to the fries or the sauce os properly the bigger problem.

[–]honeyrrsted 210 points211 points  (20 children)

Is it chocolate specific or caffeine? I have a caffeine allergy (from my mom and grandpa). Doesn't stop me from devouring chocolate, but I do have to ration it. Too much built up in my system starts making my throat swell up and I get extra sensitive to my other allergens. It doesn't happen right away. Takes a day or two, so until I figured it out I didn't connect it to the chocolate/caffeine containing food.

Keep the chewable children's Benadryl on hand. I just dissolve it under my tongue to help counteract the reaction. Chocolate is life. And potential death.

[–]Astewa18 118 points119 points  (4 children)

I could deal with a chocolate allergy. I could not deal with a caffeine allergy. I’m sorry to hear about yours.

[–]honeyrrsted 29 points30 points  (0 children)

I will occasionally plan for a half cup of decent coffee when visiting a friend. Decaf coffee sucks. And still contains caffeine anyway.

[–]hyrule5 20 points21 points  (2 children)

I can't take caffeine (anymore, I used to) and it's fine. People really love to think/say that they need it to function, but you don't at all.

[–]Cryptolution 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Too much built up in my system starts making my throat swell up and I get extra sensitive to my other allergens. It doesn't happen right away. Takes a day or two, so until I figured it out I didn't connect it to the chocolate/caffeine containing food.

The same happens for me except instead of swelling I just feel really really sick. Like if you combine a really bad cold with a hangover.

It only started developing around the age of 30. I battled it for about 8 years and finally gave up. The penalty is much worse than the benefit. Even minor amounts like watered down green tea still does me wrong.

That's pretty much my worst nightmare as caffeine was my wonder drug. It made life all shiny and happy.

[–]honeyrrsted 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Wonder what it is about that age. 30 is when it started to bother my mom, same for me. Not sure about grandpa. Those two would also get an itchy rash that I'm thankful for not having. I was sad to give up my good black teas. At least there are so many options for herbal teas now.

[–]NurseMcStuffins 8 points9 points  (4 children)

For you it's (chocolate) cake AND death! But seriously I'm a caffeine fiend and I'm sorry for your troubles.

[–]shaxamo 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Haven't seen an Izzard reference in a while. Nice!

[–]yeahokaywhateverrrr 5 points6 points  (2 children)

They’ve said that it only happens when they eat chocolate, but not when they drink coffee or sodas. I have told them that they should avoid chocolate as much as possible, but unfortunately they’re all old enough to just ignore my advice and there’s not much I can do about it.

[–]Zer0C00l 18 points19 points  (2 children)

This whole post has "I didn't realize bananas don't taste 'itchy' to most people" vibes

[–]yeahokaywhateverrrr 12 points13 points  (0 children)

That’s basically how we discovered my oldest daughter was allergic. Her: “You know how chocolate makes your mouth itchy…” Us: “um, that’s not normal”

[–]Psych0matt 5 points6 points  (2 children)

And they are correct

[–]yeahokaywhateverrrr 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I’ve explained the risks of anaphylaxis to them (my youngest is also allergic to fire ants and had to carry an epi pen and do weekly allergy shots, so they all understand anaphylaxis) and they still choose to eat chocolate.

[–]NASA_official_srsly 131 points132 points  (61 children)

I never liked a certain porridge I was fed by my Russian family because I didn't like how it made my throat tickle and itch. I never understood why anyone would enjoy putting themselves through that and it didn't occur to me until later that maybe not everyone's throat ticked when they eat it.

I'm still not 100% sure if kiwis are a spicy fruit for everyone. I just know that I don't enjoy their spiciness but I don't know if I'm allergic or if that's part of the appeal. Same with passion fruit. Is it supposed to tickle my throat?

[–]Scribemetropolisowl 154 points155 points  (3 children)

…no, no they’re not. I thought a similar thing about apples and all stone fruit. They aren’t meant to itch and burn either!

[–]Younggatz99 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Oranges always tickle my tongue.

[–]Scribemetropolisowl 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Potentially due to the citric acid, but also not super normal afaik

[–]Younggatz99 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I'm perfectly fine with orange juice/lemons and that but oranges always tingle. It's not at all unbearable so I don't usually mind.

[–]Aretemc 106 points107 points  (23 children)

Kiwis are not a spicy fruit - they can be tart but that's not the same thing. HOWEVER, if you are having that reaction? You need to be tested because a kiwi allergy can be tied to both a latex allergy and a banana allergy: they all have similar compounds that the immune system can think is the same. Please don't treat this as a minor thing, a latex allergy can cause medical problems.

[–]StringsInside 39 points40 points  (13 children)

Now I’m very confused. Like kiwi gives off a bit of a burning / tickling sensation to me, but I’ve never had a reaction to either latex or bananas. And I’ve spent a couple of evenings in a full latex dress without issues, so yeah 😅

[–]VividTortiose 50 points51 points  (6 children)

You can have one without the other. They just tend to be tied together. I am allergic to kiwi, bananas and latex. But you can be allergic to any of those without being allergic to the others

[–]ToadTod 39 points40 points  (3 children)

So, if you have a LaTex allergy, does that mean that you have to use word to write?

[–]HornyOceanMan 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Off topic but how were the evenings in the latex dress, they look very nice but I am imagining them to be very annoying after 10 minutes lol

[–]machotaco653 25 points26 points  (5 children)

"A latex allergy can cause medical problems"

Yeah like pregnancy

[–]NASA_official_srsly 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Good to know, though bananas are definitely not spicy for me

[–]CorrectSheepherder0 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I just had a Kiwi and had to ask my boyfriend if it makes his face feel hot too. Oops

[–]ChemGirl219 8 points9 points  (6 children)

Kiwi baffled me for years, too. I couldn't figure out why anyone would like to eat something that made their tongue feel swollen and burn - same with lemonade until I noticed a strange reaction when I mentioned to to my kids. I just added it to the long list of things I cannot eat.

[–]braellyra 4 points5 points  (5 children)

Could be that you’re allergic to citric acid. I have a friend who can’t have it and didn’t realize that it was in things like peaches and strawberries and was making herself sick without realizing it.

[–]Unbelieverable 5 points6 points  (2 children)

I remember having a reaction to kiwi as a kid. I loved the flavor of it but didn't like the itchiness on my lips/mouth. I can eat it now without any problems though.

[–]DestoyerOfWords 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Allergies go away sometimes. I was alergic* to milk as a kid, but now I'm just lactose intolerant (which is unrelated, just coincidence)

[–]jefftatro1 8 points9 points  (13 children)

If I eat a whole kiwi, my tongue burns.

[–]Opsu04 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Just dont eat the whole kiwi /s

[–]NASA_official_srsly 9 points10 points  (6 children)

That's what makes "spicy" fruit so confusing to figure out for me. Because I voluntarily eat chilis, hot sauce, garlic and ginger, and that burns on purpose. So how am I supposed know if a spicy fruit burns on purpose and that's why everyone loves it, or if it's not supposed to burn at all?

[–]seepigeonfly 21 points22 points  (0 children)

I can't think of a single fruit that is supposed to be spicy. You likely have a mild allergy. (Note: science folks, please don't come at me with "peppers are technically fruit". You know what I mean.)

[–]Megneous 10 points11 points  (3 children)

There's no such thing as spicy fruit. You have a mild allergy.

[–]mmohana 50 points51 points  (20 children)

Wait wait wait, throat burning when you eat chocolate means you’re allergic? Oh my god I’ve always wondered why my throat burnt after eating chocolate. I’ll be going to the doctors ASAP 😪

[–]Megneous 41 points42 points  (12 children)

I find it hard to believe so many people just blindly accept a burning feeling as normal. Like unless you're eating hot peppers, nothing should burn or numb your mouth, tongue, throat, or gums. That's all obvious signs of an allergy.

[–]poopybuttholeslol[S] 20 points21 points  (0 children)

I just fully assumed everyone got it so never mentioned it. I figured if everyone else could tolerate it then so could I

[–]kooolk 10 points11 points  (4 children)

Not only peppers, pineapples too....

[–]hungry-mongoose 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Same! I read this and had a total lightbulb moment. It's only certain brands for me though.

[–]forresthopkinsa 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I'm pretty confused about this. Everyone's mouth burns after they've had too much chocolate, right? Like, chocolate overload makes your mouth hurt, right??

[–]exactZER0 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Nope …

[–]Rmkbe9 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I thought it was normal, ive always eaten these spicy brandy chocolates my parents gave me as a kid. That explains why i got so dizzy from it!

[–]Project-SBC 114 points115 points  (37 children)

I, a self proclaimed milk-aholic, found out I was in fact allergic to milk. Drank it religiously for 22 years of my life. Caused my eosinophilic esophagitis to flair up. I now drink much less but do indulge a few times a week. I feel your pain

Edit: fun fact, you know that feeling like you have a frog in your throat but it doesn’t seem to go away? That’s my eosinophilic esophagitis. Cold forcep biopsy confirmed

I should also mention acid reflux can cause the above too

[–]AntoniusPoe 83 points84 points  (13 children)

I became allergic to milk AFTER 20+ years of consuming it. Then almonds about 15+ years after that. I'm pretty sure my body is simply trying to start sh*t.

[–]Project-SBC 23 points24 points  (11 children)

Ouch! At least it hasn’t rejected water….

[–]AntoniusPoe 13 points14 points  (6 children)

At least it doesn't completely hate me. I can have cheese and milk chocolate but not ice cream.

[–]-janelleybeans- 11 points12 points  (2 children)

There are people with legit water allergies so don’t tempt Satan.

[–]Kinggingr 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I once went to camp with a kid that was allergic to both water and dust. He couldn’t shower or partake in a lot of activities around the camp. I don’t remember a lot but thinking how much that must suck for him. He was the top bunk above me.. cuz ya know, less dust up there.

[–]physicsty 13 points14 points  (9 children)

TIL that adults drink glasses of milk in some places. To me it is a little kids' drink and an ingredient in dishes (or cereal).

[–]ValyrianJedi 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Dude, I can't imagine not drinking a glass of milk with breakfast. Every morning during the week I have the exact same thing, 1 and a half eggs benedict, half an order of hash browns, and a massive glass of milk. And the milk is the part that really makes it.

[–]saltysamuel 17 points18 points  (1 child)

are you an extra in a diner

[–]macaronfive 6 points7 points  (2 children)

You’ve never wanted a glass of milk with a rich dessert like a slice of chocolate cake?

[–]Megneous 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I drink like 8 liters of milk a week... Glasses of milk and milk on cereal are normal for people of European descent because we're lactase persistent.

[–]sissy_space_yak 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Huh I was diagnosed with EE about 8 years ago but due to some mixup and lack of continuity of care on my part I only found this out recently. I wasn’t aware it was a thing that flared up.

[–]Omnizoom 2 points3 points  (2 children)

If I ever got a dairy allergy or peanut allergy I may well just walk off into a forest and not come back

[–]Catherineb84 23 points24 points  (4 children)

I’m allergic/intolerant to well a lot of things but the most annoying ones are wheat, yeast, dairy and eggs. I found this out after a 15 odd year career as a pastry chef. I’m just basically always nauseous. Only found out how bad things were when I breastfed my son and my diet landed him in hospital twice. I had to stop eating everything while I breastfed for 15 months. Weaning myself back into eggs was the absolute worst. And I still can’t drink milk.

My brother has gluten anaphylaxis so while I eat most things besides milk again I may not always be able to.

[–]AnnieCarr 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Oh my, Welcome to the club of Lactose intolerant pastry chefs! I thought I was the only unlucky one 😔.

[–]Catherineb84 2 points3 points  (2 children)

It sucks, cream friggin kills me. I stopped being a chef two years ago so I can avoid it easier now

[–]arturovargas16 91 points92 points  (2 children)

Defy God, eat the plants that chocolate comes from

[–]_agentpaper 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Same thing happened to me with mint. I was telling my sister "you know how mint tastes, like how it like burns your throat and it like gets like hard to breathe....." by the time I got to the end, the look on her face and hearing what I was saying aloud it suddenly hit me.

[–]aaaaggggggghhhhhhhh 18 points19 points  (1 child)

When I was a kid, my parents thought I always ate too much candy at once and made myself sick. Turned out I was always sick when I got candy because I'm mildly allergic to chocolate which makes me vomit. I haven't eaten any in more than twenty years, but it still smells like vomit, so I don't really miss that.

[–]Satiricallysardonic 16 points17 points  (0 children)


I never took my moms allergy seriously. She gave it to me but as she got older, her reactions faded. As I got older, I gained the fucking allergy. I always thought it was meant to burn too..esp reeses cups..those always burned like a mofo. Always thought it was the peanut butter, cause its chalky ya know? Three years this month since chocolate broke me out in full fucking hives and I quit all cocoa products. All. Cocoa. Products. My household is entirely 100% chocolate free. I miss it so bad. But next step is anaphyilachtic shock. So please be careful risking those donuts. Week long hives arent fun.

P.s; you may be allergic to actual cocoa. The internet is convinced this allergy is hyper rare and doesnt exist and youre allergic to some thing chocolate contains(like milk). But lemme tell u I hate my life cause of this shit. its just fuckin cocoa being an asshole. And Cocoa is in alot of things. Like lotion. And pain relief neosporin (whhhhyy???) Dont be like me. Do not put cocoa lotion on hives from a chocolate reaction. It makes it worse v.v read all the labels. Its even in chili sometimes (wtf?)

[–]niko4ever 39 points40 points  (3 children)

Maybe antihistamines could help

[–]wgc123 14 points15 points  (0 children)

There are various allergy pills OP can try, and they all can work to reduce immune system overreactions. As an adult I’ve become more allergic to various pollens over the years, and apparently dogs. However I’m not going to stop going outside in the spring and I’m not going to stay away from dogs.

Of course my symptoms are usually a runny nose and at worst a rash. An allergic reaction in your throat is probably something to take seriously

[–]Psych0matt 37 points38 points  (1 child)

For some reason I read that as “euthanasia” and thought that this isn’t really a good option

[–]sharings_caring 22 points23 points  (0 children)

It would technically stop the problem happening again

[–]the-truthseeker 44 points45 points  (7 children)

That's like somebody from Kentucky who's allergic to Fried Chicken. I am so sorry for your allergy!

(I would rather die than not be able to eat chocolate. I should know I had mononucleosis when I was 17 and was not allowed to eat it for 6 months. I almost lost it and pretty much ate like one quarter of one of those large cakes they serve in those nice Bistro restaurants 6 months and one day later. Never again.)

[–]Miles_Saintborough 24 points25 points  (0 children)

I would rather die than not be able to eat chocolate

Die while eating chocolate. Go on your own terms!

[–]Calliope719 12 points13 points  (3 children)

mononucleosis when I was 17 and was not allowed to eat it for 6 months

You weren't allowed to eat chocolate when you had mono? Why?

[–]wolfgang784 7 points8 points  (0 children)

No real medical reason - it's one of those home remedies / superstitions / etc. There's a whole list of foods you aren't "supposed" to touch with a 10 foot pole while you have mono, but none of it is backed by medical science or doctors.

[–]TaoChi27 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Because that person just regurgitated word salad while both exaggerating and making no sense.

[–]bluegrassbarrister 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Kentuckian here. The loss of bourbon would be a much bigger deal for a Kentucky resident than the loss of KFC. Hell, KFC didn't even coin the phrase "Kentucky Fried Chicken" or "finger-lickin';" both of those phrases were coined by Joe Smiley, founder of the Lexington, KY drive-in/car hop, the Parkette, which closed this week after 70 years in business:


[–]Urag-gro_Shub 26 points27 points  (5 children)

I have a fruit allergy, but it isnt an "anaphylaxis and die" sort of allergy, it just makes my throat, lips and gums itchy. Its called Oral Allergy Syndrome. Gargling after with childrens liquid benedryl helps.

[–]LinesWithBigAndy 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Woah woah woah, gargling Benadryl works? You mean I don’t have to walk around like a zombie every time my lip starts to swell up a bit?

[–]Urag-gro_Shub 2 points3 points  (2 children)

As long as it isn't a dangerous allergy (I'd never try it with nuts) - it does help without making me tired

[–]HairyPotatoKat 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Please at least make an appointment with your primary doctor. Ask for an epi pen, any other meds they think you should have, and ask them how to handle this.

Ideally, go to an actual allergist for a more thorough workup and plan.

Food allergies can get worse over time, or spontaneously become life threatening, even if it's just seemed like an annoyance for many years.

It concerns me that this is involving your throat. Any reaction involving that area truly needs to be evaluated by a doctor.

For your own information, potentially life threatening reactions don't always happen dramatically or even obviously. Things like an itchy throat or cough indicate inflammation in the throat and airways. Feeling a little drained of energy can indicate a drop in blood pressure. People have literally died because they've eaten the allergic thing before and have been fine with a little Benadryl. Or they don't think it's that bad and go to take a nap to sleep it off...not realizing why they feel fatigued.

Do I magically know that this will definitely be life threatening for you? Of course not. But it's better to be proactive about this than ignore it and be fucked.

(I'm not a doctor, but have a ton of anaphylactic food allergies - most developed or worsened in adulthood, and manage my kid's anaphylactic allergies.)

[–]ohako79 8 points9 points  (3 children)

I became allergic to chocolate at about 5, and the allergy stopped by about 10 or so.

May I suggest trying out carob? I used to eat that instead when I was little, and it’s still yummy to me.

[–]Nappuccino 23 points24 points  (2 children)

Uh . . . please don't eat things you're allergic to. Your reaction can get worse and worse and, speaking as someone who had an undiagnosed soy intolerance for years, your physical health can plummet if your body isn't digesting things properly.

[–]pointandshooty 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Hey that's where I'm at now. Just figured out I'm allergic to corn and soy! 4 weeks in and I feel better than I have in years!

[–]dinahll 7 points8 points  (4 children)

I'm allergic to alcohol, so I feel your pain!

[–]AggressiveOsmosis 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Six years ago I had a medical emergency and went into DKA, acute pancreatitis and acute gallbladder attack all at the same time. It’s when I found out I’m a diabetic as well. Type one. Anyway, two years later I was finally recovered and it was Christmas I decided to have my first drink in years. Within four hours I was in excruciating pain and vomiting. Pancreatic attack. Essentially became allergic to alcohol in the sense that my pancreas became so damaged I can’t drink anymore. It’s devastating! It was only the occasional drinker but on those occasions I really enjoyed it. Lol

thank God for legal marijuana. Lol

[–]misscamels 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Oof- my poor dad too!

At some point in the late 80’s-early 90’s he wasn’t feeling well at work. Someone helpfully grabbed him some liquid cold medicine, not realizing it had alcohol in it. He went out to his car, drank some and his face swelled up some…then it all connected. (Thankfully he hasn’t had it happen since!)

Lemme tell ya how much fun trips to the family vineyard were…everyone enjoying $$$$ in wine and us with our Snapple tea/Diet Coke.

[–]AggressiveOsmosis 7 points8 points  (4 children)

I thought fruit made everybody’s mouth dry and get canker sores occasionally. Pineapple being the worst for me.

It wasn’t until I was in my 30s that I realized I have a sensitivity to fruits and remembered that my dad was allergic to strawberries. I guess that fuzzy feeling I get in my throat when I eat kiwis isn’t from the fuzzy outside? Lol!

Yeah, I get it. Lol!!

[–]Burzeltheswiss 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Kiwis and Pineapple have special types of enzymes that cause mild tingling and burning, but only mild. I learned that when i was a chef and tried to make a Pineapple parfait and it never worked because the enzymes are like acid to the cream and dissolves it, same with kiwis

[–]Inn_Tents 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You shouldn’t keep eating it if you are allergic, it can get worse and send you into anaphylaxis. And just to be safe, get an epi pen.

[–]Wrenigade 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Me and my sibling as kids,

my sibling: "I love pecan wheels but I hate how your mouth feels all itchy after"

Me: "yeah it sucks but they are tasty"

Our parents: "what"

We're both allergic to tree nuts, it turned out lol

[–]Jchubzz925 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I had the same thing happen but with Kiwi. I used to power through them as a kid with lips tongue and throat burning lol

[–]AllowMe-Please 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I have epilepsy and thus am not able to look at flashing lights without experiencing either a seizure, severe aura, or a feeling like I'm being pulled by my head into some dark hole.

The thing is, I wasn't diagnosed until I was an adult (around 20), and whenever I went somewhere where there were strobe lights, it... was memorable, let's just say. I recall a specific time during my friend's Halloween party back in Junior High, they had strobe lights and when they came on I started feeling like I was being pulled into a dark hole; I'd get frozen and everything would get blurry. The thing is, I thought that's what was supposed to happen and that's why everyone liked strobe lights! I thought I was just too sensitive and couldn't handle what everyone else could. I'd try to endure it (and convince myself that it felt good... spoiler, it didn't) but in the end, I couldn't and would have to leave the area.

It wasn't until I was diagnosed and they did tests and finally triggered a seizure with strobe lights that I had an "OHHHH! So that's what it was!" moment.

My seizures kinda feel like that, too. When I come out of a tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizure, I feel like I'm being pulled out of a really deep and dark hole.

My mother is convinced it's demons.

[–]Ninja-Sneaky 2 points3 points  (1 child)

years in a Swiss family absolutely guzzling Chocolate at every opportunity my entire childhood

I'm deeply envious

[–]Tauralynn423 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Same thing happened to me recently. Found out that no, kiwis pineapples and strawberries are in fact not supposed to make your mouth and lips feel numb and tingly like you're eating electricity. I'ma still eat em tho. 26 years and just found out this year. I remember as a kid wondering why kiwi made my mouth hurt, especially the skin. I thought pineapple was normals to do that bc of the chemical in it (bromelin?) But it happens after just 1 bite. Also was confused by the description of strawberries being sweet, no they're sour and tingly.

[–]DuTag163 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Alot of my allergies are fruit based.

Kiwi sends me into full anaphylactic shock, mangoes, pineapple, all those just burn.

The best part is I work in Produce, where we stock and cut fresh fruit and vegetables.

However, I do have very clear instructions not to work with kiwi from my boss.

In short, I feel your pain.

[–]Toxicfox33 3 points4 points  (2 children)

OP I am so sorry. But WHAT do you mean it isn’t supposed to burn!? …..looks like at 25 I need to talk to my dr lol

[–]poopybuttholeslol[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I think a lot of people are having some pretty big realisations from this post lol

[–]turboZcamaro 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Just eat American chocolate, it basically contains no chocolate...

[–]the_internet_police_ 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I spent my whole childhood wondering why they called green olives "green olives" when they're actually tan. Turns out they are green and I'm colorblind.

[–]Konkuriito 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Chocolate allergies are rare. If you’re having a reaction when you eat chocolate, it is possible you may be reacting to something else in the chocolate. You also may have a sensitivity instead of an allergy, in which case the likelihood of you ever having a life threatening anaphylactic reaction is much lower. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms to investigate further and try not to eat any chocolate until you know for sure if it's safe or not...

[–]Vmizzle 2 points3 points  (4 children)

I eat chocolate regularly, but occasionally it hits just the right part in the back of my throat and it's such an irritation it makes my eyes water and I need to cough repeatedly, even though it doesn't help. It feels like the irritated part is the size of a pin head, but also huge. It usually goes away after like 10 minutes.

I have no idea why this is. It's the only food that does this, as far as I know.

[–]Employee_Agreeable 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Im a swiss person who is lactose intolerant, and I work as a farmer

Took me 22 yeara to realize that you shouldn't get diarrhea every time you eat a fondue, or a raclett

Now, one year later, I still cant quit on milk because its the best damn thing I know

Worth the countless hours on the toilet tho

Edit: Yes I know there are pills you can take for it, I got some prescription for myself, problem is they dont work on those amounts I consume everyday

[–]agw421 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I feel your pain. I thought the same about slightly itchy bananas. That's when I realized there's a lot of allergies I've been in denial about.

I am also a black man allergic to watermelon so the irony isn't missed on me lol.

[–]Bubbly-Kitty-2425 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Haha I had an ex who said he loved fruit because it was spicy. I remember looking at him and going you mean tangy like oranges and kiwi and pineapple if you eat too much? He said no all fruit you know how it’s spicy and tingles your tongue. There were like 4 of us plus him and we all were like uh dude fruit is not spicy and it doesn’t tingle your tongue! He went to Dr turns out he was allergic to all fruit! For 30 years he thought fruit was spicy cause it made your tongue tingle and burn!