Cucumber Allergy-Causes, Symptoms, And Cure

11-Jul-2011 by


Cucumber allergy is usually not an isolated condition. It is associated with ragweed allergies more often than not with several gourd related allergies being linked together with cucumber as well. Let us try to find out more about it I order to avoid unpleasant symptoms that are both discomforting as well as a cause for concern.


Reasons for Cucumber Allergies

The food-pollen syndrome is common if you are unable to eat cucumbers without developing mild to severe allergic symptoms. This occurs due ti the fact that the proteins present in the cucumber are very similar to that of the ragout prompting the body to mistakenly identify it as an allergen. A specific antibody known as IgE is created to eliminate the protein from the system while the chemical histamine that is secreted in copious amounts results in the occurrence of allergic symptoms. It will be wise to stay away from zucchini, cantaloupes, and watermelons if you are allergic to cucumbers. They are usually linked together and you  are likely to be allergic to the entire group.


 Cucumber Allergy Symptoms

  • Tingling around the mouth and lips is collectively known as the oral allergic syndrome.
  • Itching and inflammation of the facial area with flushing.
  • Persistent cough along with frequent sneezing and runny nose.
  • Watering of the eyes and nasal congestion
  • Shortness of breath, difficulty in swallowing and wheezing.
  • Anaphylaxis or life threatening symptoms occur very rarely on eating cucumbers.


Treating Cucumber allergy Symptoms

  • Avoiding cucumbers completely is the only solution available.
  • However, the mild allergic symptoms can be treated with anti histamine drugs bought over the counter.
  • The skin disorders including the itching and rashes are eliminated by topical application of corticosteroids.
  • Medication meant for treating asthma patients can also cure the respiratory distress effectively.
  • Severe reactions require medical intervention and carrying an epi-pen with epinephrine that can be injected at short notice is a precaution that allergic patients need to take.


It has been noticed that the raw form of the vegetable is responsible for cucumber allergy predominantly and consuming it in the cooked form will not harm you in the least.

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aparna.priya profile page

aparna.priya says :

If you're allergic to something, instead of having any kind of drug, you should stop using the product!!
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 12:20am
thot4food profile page

thot4food says :

Yes Aparna, we should indeed stop using the product. But it becomes necessary to relieve the allergic symptoms by drugs at times.
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 11:04am

Rashmi Ambadkar says :

Cucumber Allergies - never read about this before, this informative blog tells it all.
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 12:21am
FitGal profile page

FitGal says :

Cucumber is one of the most succulent foods to be eaten during scorching summer. However, I heard that we should not eat cucumber and curd together. Is that true?
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 12:50am
thot4food profile page

thot4food says :

Not really FitGal. You can safely eat both together if you are not allergic or intolerant to either of them.
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 11:07am

PriyankaPoddar says :

thanks for the info...but what's an epi-pen?
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 1:39am
thot4food profile page

thot4food says :

An Epi-Pen is a syringe used to self administer epinephrine.
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 11:05am
umaima profile page

umaima says :

Ah such a lovely vegetable can cause allergies???? Well if you cant eat it apply it, it does amazing things to the skin.
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 3:39am
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The Hungry Soul says :

Thank God i'm not allergic to cucumbers and other foods like zucchini and melons. I love them and include them in most of my salads.
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 4:13am
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foodiefreak says :

Cucumber is my favorite and thank God, I am not allergic to it. sad to know that a wonderful veggie like cucumber could be life threatening.
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 5:19am
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delicious bites says :

I agree with Rashme...had never heard of it...really a good piece of info.
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 6:07am
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Gourmet_lover says :

It's surprising that a seemingly harmless fruit as cucumber can have such adverse affects on health. Made for an informative read!!!
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 6:16am
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vij says :

I had a major pollen allergy that kept me allergic to not just cucumber but to a few other fruits and vegetables too. But last year I went to an allergist and after a few desensitization shots my allergy to raw fruits and vegetables disappeared.
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 8:06am
oatmeal profile page

oatmeal says :

Cucumber and Allergy?! I never knew that people were allergic towards this diet vegetable too.
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 8:35am
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barbecue says :

its depressing to know that even the coolest fruit like cucumber can be allergic to you, but the blog is quite informative. I wish to know how to take cucumber in cooked form, as mentioned in the post?
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 11:32am
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foodietweetie says :

hey........never knew that such a refreshing vegetable can cause allergy. Thanks for the useful info.
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 12:23pm
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foodpsychologist says :

Hello, I thought cucumbers were harmless and suited one and all. Can someone tell me about epi-pen which should be carried with epipinephrine? Is it an injection?
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 1:48pm
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Shakun says :

An allergy to cucumber? That's a new one! My little sister breaks out into hives sometimes after eating cucumbers. We never really though much about it, but after reading this post I'm wondering, could this be an allergy symptom?
Posted on: 9 August 2011 - 2:47pm