By: Joe Graedon August 14, 2014 13 Comments
    Scary Fig Reaction Could Be Harbinger of Deadly …

    Q. I have fig trees in my back yard and they were especially fruitful this year. I love fresh figs, but lately I have been experiencing a scary reaction. My lips tingle and my tongue swells up. Could …

    By: Terry Graedon August 11, 2014 8 Comments
    Mango Reaction Could Be Linked to Poison Ivy Sen…

    Q. Many years ago, while my dad was stationed in Hawaii, I climbed the mango trees to pick mangoes for chutney. I got such a terrible reaction: my eyes were swollen shut, my hands were so swollen I co…

    By: Terry Graedon January 6, 2014 14 Comments
    Overcoming Stubborn Adult Acne by Avoiding Food …

    Q. I am 54 and suffered with adult acne from age 25. I tried every cream and antibiotic my doctors prescribed. I even took Accutane twice! A hormone test was fine, and I was stuck with this embarrassi…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2012 31 Comments
    Mango Skin Allergy Mimics Poison Ivy

    Q. After eating prepared mangos over the holidays, I bought some to peel and slice myself. I even chewed on the seed. Bad mistake! By the next day, I was itching under my chin. This became swelling ar…

    By: Terry Graedon November 21, 2009 0 Comments
    Cilantro Shuts Down Voice

    Q. Several times, at Mexican or Italian restaurants, I have had a problem with my vocal cords. It becomes extremely difficult to carry on a conversation. I have found that this condition seems to occu…

    By: Joe Graedon March 28, 2005 0 Comments
    Shellfish Allergy Leads to Hospitalization

    Q. My husband's internist suggested glucosamine and chondroitin for mild arthritis. My husband's medical records state that he is allergic to shellfish. I guess his doctor did not know ground shellfis…

    By: Joe Graedon April 28, 2003 0 Comments
    Kissing Could Be Lethal

    Q. My girlfriend is very allergic to shrimp and crab and, I suspect, lobster as well. I love them but have avoided eating them since we have been together. This summer we shall have our vacation at th…