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MANGO: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Ā Allergen.

Ā Mango, even when completely natural, fresh and organic, is a common allergen. The oil on its rind, leaves, and bark are similar to poison ivy and related plants. People allergic to it find that eating or just handling mangoes can cause a rash on the hands, lips, and aroundĀ the mouth. Extracts added to skincare can causeĀ similar rashes. But just because mango isĀ a common allergen doesn’t meanĀ you’reĀ allergic to it.Ā If you’re not sure, or if you think you might have contact dermatitis, ask your dermatologist for aĀ patch test.

Regularly published reportsĀ on the most common allergens by theĀ North American Contact Dermatitis GroupĀ andĀ European Surveillance System on Contact AllergiesĀ (based on over 28,000 patch test results, combined), plus other studies.Ā Remember, we are all individuals ā€” just because an ingredient is not on the most common allergen lists does not mean you cannot be sensitive to it, or that it will not become an allergen. These references, being based on so many patch test results, are a good basisĀ but it is always best to get a patch test yourself.

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2.Ā Verallo-Rowell VM. The validated hypoallergenic cosmetics rating system: its 30-year evolution and effect on the prevalence of cosmetic reactions. Dermatitis 2011 Apr; 22(2):80-97
3.Ā Ruby Pawankar et al.Ā World Health Organization. White Book on Allergy 2011-2012 Executive Summary.
4. Misery L et al. Sensitive skin in the American population: prevalence, clinical data, and role of the dermatologist. Int J Dermatol. 2011 Aug;50(8):961-7.
5. Warshaw EM1, Maibach HI, Taylor JS, Sasseville D, DeKoven JG, Zirwas MJ, Fransway AF, Mathias CG, Zug KA, DeLeo VA, Fowler JF Jr, Marks JG, Pratt MD, Storrs FJ, Belsito DV. North American contact dermatitis group patch test results: 2011-2012.Dermatitis. 2015 Jan-Feb;26(1):49-59.
6. Warshaw, E et al. Allergic patch test reactions associated with cosmetics: Retrospective analysis of cross-sectional data from the North American Contact Dermatitis Group, 2001-2004. J AmAcadDermatol 2009;60:23-38.Ā 
7. Foliaki S et al. Antibiotic use in infancy and symptoms of asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis, and eczema in children 6 and 7 years old: International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood Phase III. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2009 Nov;124(5):982-9.
8. Kei EF et al. Role of the gut microbiota in defining human health. Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther. 2010 Apr; 8(4): 435ā€“454.
9.Ā Thavagnanam S et al. A meta-analysis of the association between Caesarean section and childhood asthma. Clin Exp Allergy. 2008;38(4):629ā€“633.

For more:

OnĀ the prevalence of skinĀ allergies, seeĀ Skin Allergies Are More Common Than EverĀ andĀ One In Four Is Allergic to Common Skin Care And Cosmetic Ingredients.

To learn more about the VH-Rating System and hypoallergenicity,Ā click here.

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