About Banana Allergy

Bananas are very popular as it is a quick energy source and is liked by many. But sometimes people have to avoid the bananas altogether as they produce an allergic reaction. Banana allergy is closely related to the latex allergy as the proteins present in latex or rubber may initiate an allergic reaction and these proteins are similar to the proteins present in the bananas or other fruits like avocado. This condition is referred to as latex-food syndrome or latex-fruit allergy. 

Some common symptoms associated with banana allergy are tingling sensation in the mouth, stuffiness in the nose, itching in the eyes, and wheezing. The people who are sensitive to the proteins present in the rubber are also sensitive to similar proteins present in these fruits. 

As per Ayurvedic Concepts, the condition is similar to Udarda which can be expressed as skin-related symptoms. By following Ayurvedic principles and treatment strategies you can get relief from banana allergies. At Dr. Gupta’s IAFA, our diligent team has curated 100% natural and herbal solutions that are in alliance with Ayurvedic concepts and principles to treat banana allergy. 

Banana allergy can manifest in the form of oral allergy. The symptoms of oral allergy are manifested after eating banana and the body recognizes it as an allergen that triggers the immune system and produces mild to moderate symptoms of allergy like itching sensation in the mouth, lips, and throat. 

If you have an allergy towards rubber or latex then there is a high risk that you can also be allergic to some fruits like bananas. This is a perfect illustration of cross-reactivity that suggests that both the items have the same kind of proteins. 

Note: It is important to consider that the similar type of allergic reaction can be produced after the intake of some food items like chestnut, kiwifruit, passion fruit, plum, strawberry and tomato in the individuals who are allergic to latex or rubber. 

What is Latex-Fruit Syndrome?

Latex-fruit syndrome is a condition in which there is cross-reactivity to latex and fruit. The individuals who have sensitivity to rubber or latex can also be allergic to some fruits such as bananas, avocados, kiwifruit, passion fruit, and papaya.

Symptoms of Latex-Fruit Syndrome

The following are the common symptoms of latex-fruit syndrome:

  1. Swelling of the lips
  2. Sneezing
  3. Itchiness in the eyes
  4. Stomach discomfort that involves vomiting
  5. Systemic reactions like hives or an anaphylactic response that includes difficulty in breathing can also develop.  

Important Points

  • If you are having latex allergy then it is possible that you might be allergic to pesticides, therefore make sure to wash the fruit with food-safe wash which removes harmful chemicals. 
  • One of the best methods is to avoid the fruit. 

Also Read: Ayurvedic Treatment for Latex Allergy – A Comprehensive Guide

Symptoms of Banana Allergy

The severity of the symptoms from latex can vary from mild to severe. Furthermore, the intensity of symptoms is also dependent upon the sensitivity of the individual and extent of exposure. 

Some symptoms include itchy skin with rashes and redness. In severe condition the symptoms are:

  •  Runny nose
  •  Sneezing
  •  Cough,
  •  Wheezing
  •  Sore throat
  •  Shortness of breath etc. 

The symptoms of Udarda as explained in Ayurvedic texts are red-colored, itchy, raised bumps on the skin. Moreover, the below-mentioned symptoms occur if the condition becomes chronic in nature:

  • Inflammation
  • Pricking pain like that of a needle
  • Fever, Vomiting
  • Burning Sensation

Ayurvedic Reference of Banana Allergy (Udarda)

Ayurvedic Reference of Banana Allergy (Udarda)

Causes of Banana Allergy

The defense mechanism of the body misinterprets the proteins present in bananas which are similar to the ones present in rubber latex as harmful and produces antibodies against it to protect the body. The proteins present in fruits such as bananas produce allergic reactions. The allergic reaction is manifested as histamines are released on the exposure to latex and produce allergy-related symptoms. 

Causative Agents for Banana Allergy

It is important to understand what exactly triggers an allergic response after consumption of fruit like banana. The following are the causative agents for banana allergy:

  • Directly coming in contact with latex or its products like gloves, balloons, condoms etc.
  • Inhalation of latex particles that are present in the air.
  • Fruits like Banana, Avocado, Passion Fruit, Kiwi etc. have similar types of proteins as present in latex. So, people who are already allergic to latex may develop allergic reactions to these fruits also.  

Individuals who are consistently exposed to rubber or latex gloves or other products have increased probability to be affected with latex allergy. This group includes medical professionals, those who perform repeated surgeries, people who work in the rubber industry etc. and also those with a family history of allergy. 

Ayurveda describes exposure to cold wind as the reason for Udarda.

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Ayurvedic Treatment of Banana Allergy

Ayurveda has a holistic approach to treat diseases like Banana allergy by aligning oral herbal remedies together with detoxification procedures and external applications to manage the disease effectively.

Internal Medicines

Herbal Remedies for Banana Allergy includes medicines in different formulations including decoction, tablet, jam-like preparations, and others. These formulations are suggested based on the condition of the patient and the severity of the problem. The following natural remedy for banana allergy must be taken under the guidance form expert Ayurvedic physician. 

  • Mahatiktam Kashayam
  • Maha Manjishtadi Kwath
  • Gandhaka Rasayana
  • Manibhadra Ghulam
  • Punarnavadi Kashayam
  • Madhusnuhi Rasayanam
  • Kaisora Guggulu Gulika
  • Mahatiktaka Ghrita

External Medicines

Following medicines can be applied externally based on the condition of the patient and doshas dominance. 

  • Nalpamaradi Kera
  • Rasottamadi Lepa
  • Dinesavalyadi Kera
  • Shata Dhauta Ghrita
  • Triphala Churna

Treatment Procedures

Ayurveda emphasizes on detoxification methods to eliminate toxins from the body which helps in treating the root cause of the disease and also prevents recurrences. But these panchkarma therapies require a strict regimen and therefore it is advised to properly follow the guidelines of your doctor before the treatment. 

  • Snehapana
  • Vamana
  • Virechana
  • Kashaya dhara

Single-Herbs for Banana allergy

Single-herbs are also beneficial for the treatment for Banana allergy and the following herbs can be taken under proper supervision. 

  • Haridra (Curcuma longa)
  • Ellaichi (Ela cardamom)
  • Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)
  • Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)
  • Nimba (Azadirachta indica)
  • Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia)
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Diet and Lifestyle Guidance in Banana Allergy

Do’s (Pathya) in Banana Allergy

Ayurveda believes in following a balanced diet and lifestyle that supports the healing process and the disease can be treated from its root cause. If someone follows Do’s or Pathyas then it avoids the recurrent episodes of the allergy and also strengthens the defense mechanism of the body. 

  • Drinking water frequently to maintain hydration.
  • Eating foods that have bitter taste like bitter gourd, neem leaves.
  • One must have regular bowel movements.
  • Regular cleaning the skin and the hair.
  • Must maintain a physically active lifestyle.
  • Using substitutes that do not contain rubber or latex.

Don’ts (Apathya) in Banana Allergy 

Ayurveda stresses on the concept of satmaya means the one that balances and nourishes the body and avoid asatmaya (opposite of satmays) items or practices. If you are suffering from banana allergy then it will beneficial if you avoid the following items or practices:

  • Avoiding too spicy & sour food items
  • Eating processed food items
  • Egg or soy products
  • Deep fried and junk food items
  • Using chemical-based lotion
  • Regular use of latex-based gloves 

Yoga for Banana Allergy

You might be thinking about how yoga and meditation can be effective for banana allergy. But it is crucial to understand that yoga and meditation are essential for a healthy body, mind, and soul. Regular practice of yoga strengthens the immune system and prevents any exaggerated response towards triggers. The following asanas or postures are effective in strengthening the immune system:

  • Sarvangasana
  • Balaasana
  • Uttanapadasan
  • Jaanu sirsasana
  • Matyasana
  • Surya Namaskar
Yoga for Banana Allergy

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is Banana Allergy?

Answer: Banana allergy is the body’s allergic reactions to certain proteins in some food items like bananas when there is already an allergy against latex.

Question: What are the Symptoms of Banana Allergy?

Answer: Symptoms of Banana allergy may range from mild skin irritation to fatal Anaphylaxis. Major manifestations include sneezing, cough, rashes on skin, sore throat etc.

Question: What is the Role of Ayurveda and Natural Approaches in the Management of Banana Allergy?

Answer: Ayurveda is effective in the management of Banana allergy. The management strategies include a combination of oral herbal remedies and external therapies to bring about a positive result and to strengthen the immune system.


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  2. Charaka. Charak Samhita. Vidhyotini commentary, Chaukhambha Bhartiya Academy, Varanasi: 1st volume, Sutrasthana 20/17.
  3. Dr. Ravi Dutta Tripathi. Ashtang Sangraha, Chaukhambha Sanskrit Sansthan. Varanasi. Sutrasthan 10/34.
  4. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Aspects of Allergies and Fungal Infections, Edition 2021, Latex Allergy  Chapter No. 05, Page No. 33-38.

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Dr. Sahil Gupta completed his Bachelor of Ayurveda in Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) and Master’s Degree in Health Administration (MHA) India. He is Registered Ayurvedic Doctor & Vaidya in India having Registration No. 23780. He is the CEO and founder of IAFA. After completing BAMS, Dr. Sahil Gupta started practicing Ayruveda by giving prime importance to allergic disorders management. He became the first Ayurvedic doctor to cure Food Allergies through Ayurveda. Read More About Dr. Sahil Gupta.

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