By: Joe Graedon August 14, 2014 14 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 15 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 41 Comments
    Mango Skin Allergy Mimics Poison Ivy

    What plants do you need to avoid? Most people are pretty savvy about staying away from poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac if they have ever developed a nasty rash associated with one of these. But…

    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…