I didn't know this until a few years ago when a friend of ours gave us some huge, juicy mangoes from her tree.
I also developed a swollen bump on my right cheek, which I won't show you, because I try to limit icky pictures to one a post.
After the doc poked around a bit, he asked me if I'd been trekking around in the woods, or gardening.
No way, I said. As a rule, I don't enjoy the woods, gardening, or trekking. I avoid them if possible.
He asked if I'd ingested anything new the past week. I mentioned my gluttony with the mangoes.
He then said, "Do you know mangoes and poison ivy are in the same family?"
I blinked at him. WHAT?!
Apparently, the allergen urshiol is in both plants. In the mango, the urshiol is contained in the skin and just under the skin. Urshiol is not found in the fruit itself. So it's safe to eat the fruit, just not peel it.
The doc prescribed for me prednisone, and after one day, I saw improvement. But, I was so bummed that my favorite fruit might give me trouble from then on.
After my wrist healed, I tested it. I couldn't let my mango relationship go without a trial reconciliation. I sliced up another mango and made a mess. Then, like a surgeon, I scrubbed my arms up to my elbows.
No rash. No itching. No doctor's visit. Whew. Just so you know, wash up well after peeling mangoes. Or have someone else peel them. That's what I do now.
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