Tomato Allergy


Allergy To TomatoesWho would have thought that you could be allergic to tomatoes? After all they are supposed to be healthy aren't they?It is rare to have a severe reaction to tomatoes but it is not unheard of for a tomato allergy to cause anaphylactic shock and death!

Most people have what would normally be classed as an intolerance to tomatoes rather than tomato allergy. So they might not even notice any symptoms, or at least might not relate the symptoms to the tomato. Remember it can take up to 72 hours after we have ingested something for symptoms to present themeselves.

In my work I treat intolerances, sensitivities and allergies as the same thing. I am looking for what is causing a disturbance in our energy system and then I balance the system in relation to the substance, food or whatever it happens to be.

Tomato Allergy

Tomatoes are part of the nightshade allergy family and also contain a high degree of a natural chemical known as salicylate which is related to aspirin and is a derivative of salicylic acid. Some people can not tolerate any amount of salicylate in their diet.

I have found that some people cannot tolerate anything from the nightshade group whereas others can just have a problem with one. Some will only have a problem with raw tomatoes whilst others will not be able to tolerate processed tomatoes, tomato sauce, canned tomatoes or cooked tomatoes.

Nightshade Allergy Family

Nightshade plants include:

  • tomatoes
  • potatoes
  • aubergines
  • peppers
  • chili peppers
  • tobacco
  • the deadly nightshade Atropa Belladona

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Symptoms of Tomato Allergy

Symptoms to look out for that could be related to tomato or nightshade allergy are:

  • gastro-intestinal problems
  • increase in tears, sweat and saliva
  • cystitis
  • abdominal pain
  • cramps or vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • swelling, urticaria (hives)
  • tingling lips
  • rashes, especially around the mouth
  • headaches
  • dermatitis
  • perioral dermatitis
  • oral allergy syndrome
  • rhinitis
  • tightening of the chest
  • difficulty breathing
  • tomato pollen may trigger rhinitis and/or conjunctivitis
  • mental or emotional issues

Symptoms of immediate tomato allergy are:

  • tingling lips
  • swelling face
  • urticaria (hives)
  • tightening of the chest
  • difficulty breathing etc

These are the symptoms of anaphylactic shock and urgent medical assistance will be required!

Are you addicted to tobacco?

If so, then eliminating from your diet or clearing your allergies (if you have them) to tomatoes and other nightshades could help! It could be that your craving for tomatoes, or your tomato allergy is being satisfied by smoking tobacco. Sounds strange doesn't it? Remember we crave what we are allergic to. Clearing all the nightshade group including tobacco could really help with those cravings. I think it's worth a try isn't it?

So you see those lovely little red juicy yummy things that I use in so much of my cooking and love to eat raw, can cause all kinds of problems can't they?

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You can start clearing your allergies yourself by using The Allergy Balancing System. Or if you would prefer not to learn how to muscle test you could start clearing you allergies by using The Allergy Kit.  It uses the same principles and effective techniques that I use in my work to help anyone clear their allergies. They have a 30 day no questions asked money back guaranteed and send it out very quickly (I am in the UK and I received mine within 4 working days). If you want to understand more about how The Allergy Kit works you could read my article: How The Allergy Kit Works  Let me know if you have any questions about it.

I hope this helps and as always if you have any questions or comments please share them below ofr fill in the contact form here

With love and light,

Cathy x

Categories : Allergies


  1. Stacy says:

    Can a symptom be ankle/foot edema (pitting)?

    • Catherine Davies says:

      Hi Stacy,

      In my work I would assume that any symptom can be caused by allergy. So in answer to your question I would say, ‘Yes’ ankle/foot edema could be a symptom caused by allergy.

      Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any more questions.

      With love and light,

      Cathy x

  2. Josh says:

    Hi Stacy,

    Have you ever come across leg/knee pain as a symptom of a tomato intolerance? I’ve been suffering from unexplained chronic leg pain over the past few years and I’m trying to work out any possible cause!


    • Catherine Davies says:

      Hi Josh,

      I personally haven’t come across it specifically but that’s not to say tomato allergy is not the cause or part of the cause. Can you self muscle test? If you have never tried then I invite you to watch my self muscle test video to learn how to do it. There could be some emotions or trauma held there as well. I have someone putting the finishing touches to my manual and then I will be ready to launch my Allergy Healing System. It looks like it should be ready by the end of August.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions. I will be away from the office for a couple of weeks but then after that I will be all yours.

      With love and light,

      Cathy x

    • Catherine Davies says:

      Hi Josh, I’m so sorry for calling you Stacy! I just realised whilst reading through my comments! I think I need to get away from my computer a bit more. I hope I answered your question. With love, Cathy x

  3. Lynda says:

    I have a client that eats tomato ketchup but says he is allergic to tomatoes. If he eats a tomatoe he has severe vomitting and ends up in hospital with dehydration.
    Can he just be allergic to raw tomatoes but not if they are cooked?

    • Catherine Davies says:

      Hi Lynda. Yes people can be allergic to raw tomatoes but not cooked. This is really common.

      With love,

      Cathy x

  4. Ms. Davies,
    I recently suffered from a rash over my entire body. I am not sure what caused it. I have never had a problem eating tomatoes in the past whether they be cooked or raw, store bought or garden grown. I recently ate some small cherry like green tomatoes in several salads. Could this be the causation of my rash even though I have never experienced problems with tomatoes in the past? Is there anyway to determine if these tomatoes were/are the cause?
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    • Catherine Davies says:

      Hi Roger,
      Thank you for your question. The way I would determine whether these tomatoes were the cause of a rash, apart from trying them again to see what happens (depending on the severity of the rash I might not recommend trying again. Please take care), is to try self-muscle testing. The link will take you to my Easy Self-Muscle Test video.

      For some reason these particular tomatoes could be causing you a problem. Through self muscle testing you can determine whether your energy system is in or out of alignment with those tomatoes. If muscle testing shows that you are out of alignment, then it could well be those tomatoes that are the culprit. Maybe there are chemicals on them that you are reacting to? I would hold one of those tomatoes in my energy field and self-muscle test.

      Can you think of anything else that was happening around that time? Were you in contact with anything different? Had you changed your washing detergent or fabric conditioner? Any emotional factors like stress? You could test anything that you suspect, even emotions!

      Another option would be to find a Allergy Antidotes or NAET Practitioner who could do it for you.

      I would love to hear how to get on. Let me know if you need help.

      With love and light,

      Cathy x

  5. Grace says:

    Hello. I have recently discovered that I have an intolerance to tomatoes (raw and cooked). I did an elimination diet to determine this. I am now wondering if maybe my PCOS could be related to this allergy…?

    • Catherine Davies says:

      Hi there.

      Symptoms of allergy vary from person to person. However many symptoms of the genito-urinary tract are caused by food allergy so it’s definitely a possibility that your PCOS could be related to a tomato allergy. Did you eliminate anything else when you did your diet? Have you been back to your doctor since doing the elimination diet to have a scan? How do you feel the elimination diet determined that you have an intolerance to tomatoes? Do you feel better for not having tomatoes? Have your symptoms reduced or disappeared?

      If you have any more questions please ask away.

      With love and light,

      Cathy x

  6. Mell says:

    I had a food allergy (on eggs and spices…) when i was a child , now its been 2 weeks that i thought it is a food allergy because of the rash on my skin.. I went to a doctor he told me tht it may be erythema annulare centrifugum because of there shapes on my skin, but im feeling that the day i eat tomatoes i wake up with A rash on my skin not all over my body as it was before but a bit on my face and my neck… Is it possible that it is food allergy (tomatoes) and not erythema annulare centrifugum? And stress could cause such things? Because i have been under stress for more than a month and im always stressful…
    Thank u…

    • Catherine Davies says:

      Hi Mel,

      If you have erythema annulare (although it is commonly mis-diagnosed) then one of the documented possible causes is tomatoes! Another cause is a weakened immune system. Stress weakens the immune system so it is very important to find a way to deal with your stress. When your immune system is weakened you are more likely to react to substances.

      I have written a chapter on how to relieve stress in my manual which is in the ‘Allergy Balancing System’. It is such an important factor in eliminating allergies and indeed living a healthier and longer life.

      Make sure that you go back to your doctor if the rash persists.

      Hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any more questions.

      With love and light,


  7. John Adams says:

    I have an issue with raw tomato, It causes joint pain, similar to arthritis pain, my mother suffered the same symptom. Took me a while to figure it out.Eliminate the tomato, eliminate the joint pain.Gotta be worth a try.

    • Catherine Davies says:

      Thanks for your comment, it is really helpful. I am so pleased that you got to the bottom of the cause of your joint pain. I was talking about this very point yesterday! When someone comes to me with joint pain or arthritis, tomatoes are one of the first substances that I test. I then treat them with the same techniques I teach in my Allergy Balancing System And I agree, anything has gotta be worth a try. Different things work for different people. With love, Cathy x

  8. Alexis says:

    I have a tomato allergy and found its really hard to cook and eat out without tomato product. Check out my blog, STINKY TOMATO, for recipes and non-tomato substittues!

  9. Marianne says:

    It seems as though I do okay with regular tomatoes but when I eat tomatoe sauce my throat closes up what would cause that?

    • Catherine Davies says:

      Hi Marianne,

      It could be that you are reacting to something else in the tomato sauce other than the tomatoes. Or maybe you have an allergy to cooked tomatoes but not raw.

  10. Armandina Scribner says:

    my abdominal pains are usually caused by bloating and indigestion, i better control my diet.-

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  11. May says:


    A relative of mine has a severe allergy to tomatoes.  When the family went out (to a pizza place), she did not join us…. which is understandable.  However, later we got together at one of our homes to celebrate a birthday, and she refused to come to the party claiming that our "breath and hands would be contaminated".   Is this possible?

    • Catherine Davies says:

      Hi May,

      This does sound like a severe allergy if your relative is worried about breath and hands being contaminated. Is it possible? – well it’s one of those things that you wouldn’t want her to try to find out!Some people are very sensitive. I suppose it depends on how she is affected by tomatoes. Is it when she eats them or touches them or both? It sounds like she has a lot of fear around this allergy and she could do with taking control of it before she becomes totally house bound. She must come into contact with people all the time who could have just eaten tomatoes. If her allergy has stopped her from going to a family party, I am concerned that she might stop going out altogether if she starts to think about how “contaminated” most people must be.

      Hope this helps.



  12. Inez says:

    Boy, I hope you can help me!  I have a reaction (almost immediately) when I've eaten ketchup, cocktail sauce, or salsa, but it doesn't happen every time.  The palms of my hands and bottoms of my feet itch like crazy – actually they feel like one big red ant bite!  (If you've ever had one of those, you know that scratching it doesn't really help.) The "itching" is severe for about 20 minutes then gradually subsides in about 30 minutes.  Do you think this might be tomatoes or something different?

    Thanks – any help or insight is greatly appreciated!

    • Catherine Davies says:

      Hi Inez,

      It’s strange that it doesn’t happen every time you eat these things. I would start a food diary and make a note of the brands of these sauces. Also look at the ingredients. It could be that the offending substance is in some brands but not in others. Sometimes you have to be a real detective.

      You could also treat yourself whilst you are reacting by putting a little of the sauce in a glass and following what I told Tiffany to do. Keep going until the symptoms start to subside.

      Another contributing factor to allergic reactions is stress. Make a note in your diary of how you feel when you have a reaction. Are you under a lot of stress?

      I teach how to do all of this in my Allergy Balancing System.

      Does that help? I hope so.

      With love and light,

      Cathy x



  13. Tiffany says:


    I have a very weird situation regarding tomatoes and rashes. I can eat tomatoes and do not suffer from any of the symptoms above, but when I cut them and get the juice on my hands, they turn red in patches and burn like crazy
    About a half hour later its faded, but there will be little scratches of broken skin where ever the patches were. Any advice on that? I love tomatoes and do not want to pull them out of my diet if I can help it. I’ve tried using plastic gloves but I’m a bit of a messy cook and always manage to get juice in the glove.

    • Catherine Davies says:

      Hi Tiffany,

      Ooh sounds nasty!….. and I don’t blame you for not wanting to pull tomatoes out of your diet.

      I would take a glass with the juice of tomatoes in it and treat by tapping as in EFT or using a laser or both. I teach how to do this in my Allergy Balancing System. This rebalances the system in relation to the offending substance, which in this case is the tomato juice. If you go to my Allergy Balancing System page by clicking above, you can get free access to my Hay Fever treatment video which gives you an idea of how this works.

      There could be some emotional trauma connected with the tomato juice. Do you know when you first reacted? If you were too young, can you ask someone? What was happening in your life then? I also teach how to find out and treat emotional links to allergies in my Allergy Balancing System. I know it might sound a bit weird but I find that trauma plays a big part in allergies.

      The Allergy Kit is really great for self treating allergies as well and works on the same principles as my system. It contains energy frequency vials containing the most common allergens, which helps strengthen your immune system and eliminate your allergies.

      I hope this helps. Please ask if you have any more questions.

      With love and light,

      Cathy x


  14. Michaelene Davies says:

    I always wondered why I got so sick after eating certain things. I noticed tomatoes to be a pattern. I can eat them raw cooked canned. Anything. But they just don't agree with me like milk and lactose intolerance. Your article shed quite a bit of light on this topic for me. Thank you!! 

    • Catherine Davies says:

      Thank you so much for your comment. I am so pleased that I have been able to shed light on your sensitivity to tomatoes. As this is all very new to so many people, I do wonder sometimes if I am explaining myself properly in my writing, so your feedback is very valuable to me. Thank you! x

  15. Cathy says:

    Hi Everyone,

    If you have a problem eating or touching tomatoes it could be that you have an allergy to Vitamin C. You should treat yourself to this because if you are allergic you will not be absorbing it properly. You can go through any supplements you are taking and treat yourself for them. This is a good idea to do for your general health and well being anyway.

    With love and light,

    Cathy x

  16. Ruth Wittenburg says:

    I have tomato allergy diagnosed by an allergist. I take L-Lysine if I eat any tomato product, raw or cooked to control it. I get sores in my mouth-including on my tongue and my gums if I don't immediately take 250 mgs of the lysine. I love tomatoes and wish I could eat them more often, but once a week is all my system can handle.


    • Catherine Davies says:

      I really feel for you, that sounds nasty! Have you ever thought of trying to eliminate your allergy? You should eliminate allergies as they weaken your system, making you more susceptible to becoming allergic to other things.  You could try my system or   The Allergy Kit . They offer a solid money back guarantee. In fact you get to try it (premium kit) for $1 for one month! It is a fantastic opportunity for you to try it before you buy it. Please let me know if you have any more questions or ask away at http://www.facebook.com/AllergyHealing

  17. peter b says:

    I have found that certain raw tomatoes give me extreme upper abdominal pain to the point it gets difficult to breath and the only solution was to force it up and get rid of it. i have had circumatances where i thought i was going to die, it took over 6 hours to get the pain to subside it feels like a horrible stomach ache with pain that radiates up through my chest with a feeling of bloating. today i had a case of this after giving a tomato slice on last nights hamburger a try and i was able to get rid of wthe pain with benadryl, antacid and anti gas medication but it took 5 hours of suffering and a wasted trip to the hospital before i bought these items. it was because of this blog that i figured out what was wrong with me so thanks.

    • Catherine Davies says:

      Hi Peter, Thank you for your comment. Your tomato allergy sounds nasty and I am glad that my site has helped you figure out what was wrong. Now that you know, you should consider elimating your allergy or allergies (you might have more that are not producing such obvious symptoms). I really like  The Allergy Kit which helps strengthen your system in relation to the main allergens. Once you have done this, which takes about a month to fully complete, allergies to these substances will be eliminated and you could  find that you no longer react to tomatoes. If you do then you simply go ahead and treat for tomatoes next. You do this by holding a piece of tomato against your body and then tapping a few meridian points on your body or by using a cold laser on your ears. It might sound weird but it works really well! Please ask me if you have any questions. With love, Cathy x

  18. ankit says:

    Whenever I eat tomatoes my fingers start itching and back of fingers turns red and dark. Most of the time it appears as if I have peeled the skin. Lemon,tamarind,orange also cause itching but tomato burns like hell. please help.

    • Sorry for the late response. That sounds really uncomfortable. Please read my reply to Cliff. I would recommend the same for you.

      Please let me know if you have any questions.

      With love and light x

  19. Cliff Buckley says:

    Is it possible for an allergy to tomatoes to appear in middle age? I am 52 and for the last two months have had awful stomach ache, bloating and diarrhea within a couple of hours of eating raw tomato. I don’t recall ever having these symptoms before and enjoy eating tomatoes but after another episode today I will have to stop eating them.

    • Yes it most certainly is! It is called the rain barrel effect. Your body fills up with toxins until one day it can’t cope and it starts reacting to substances that were never a problem before. It is important to find a way to re-balance your system in relation to tomatoes and probably some other substances as well, so that you don’t have more probelms in the future. I would also check your stress levels. Do you feel more stressed than usual? EFT is great for this.

      To rebalance your system I would recommend either my Allergy Balancing System or The Allergy Kit or Sandi Radomski’s Allergy Antidotes.

      All of them are effective. I would research them and go with whichever ‘feels’ right.

      Please let me know if you have any questions.

      With love and light x

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  22. Robert M. says:

    I have recently come to realize I'm allergic to tomatoes. Normally break out in hives on my hands and have irratated skin (normally around my face but no physical hives on my face only hands). Lasts about a week or so. And my worst reaction was when I had chili pepper flakes my wife's dad makes (ton of lil hot peppers crushed into flakes). I was uncomfortable for an entire month give or take. (Main symptom dermetitis/irritated skin). I'm 99.9% positive this page describes some of the symptoms I go through. And for some odd  reason I can  eat ketchup, spaghetti sauce Etc. and not have a reaction.  I'm sure it's probably  just cooked in the process and loses the potent ingredient my body hates. I only recently discovered what was doing this to my body or at least I hope. I'm going to completely try to cut out all the tomatoes and peppers and hopefully be allergy free. Do my symptoms fall under this category ? My wife thought I was crazy until I pretty much pin pointed the exact  reaction after eating tomatoes. Its nice to know I'm not the only one dealing with this but luckily I don't get nearly half of the symptoms 

  23. Robert M. says:

    P.S. my very first reaction at last that I noticed was a year ago… Which I'm 32 years of age now. All good things come to an end I guess… Bye bye tomatoes (only started to like them in the past 5 years or so)

    • Hi Rob,

      It is a great feeling to know exactly what is causing your symptoms. Sometimes though there are other substances that are weakening your system which allow the tomatoes to cause your symptoms. Cutting out tomatoes is a good idea for now, the problem is, the fact that a substance has caused symptoms means that your system is overloaded and needs rebalancing so that other substances don’t start causing you problems in the future. Also, I do have a problem with cutting food out of our diet that is good for us. Tomatoes are nutritious and alkalising. Have you thought of trying The Allergy Kit? I highly recommend it. There are links on some of the other comments below that you can use to take a look. Please let me know if you have any questions. In the meantime in your words……Bye bye tomatoes!!!!

  24. Kathleen says:

    Hello! I know this is an old thread but I was hoping you could offer some insight. I am allergic to tomatoes, dairy and peanuts. All are internal stomach/gastrointestinal reactions though I do sometimes get itchy. I love dairy and tomatoes and peanuts!! It's hard to find anything to eat when I go out because I eat meat but anything dairy free is usually vegan and vegetarian options generally use tomatoes and peanuts. Do you have any suggestions to alternatives when dining out or specific food types? I have never heard of anything I could take for tomato allergies because mine is not really a rash. For dairy there are pills but I try to avoid it for the sake of less medicine and it never helps too much. 


    Thank you!! 

    • Hi Kathleen,

      Sorry I missed your comment!

      Taking pills etc only treats the symptoms of allergies, they don’t treat the cause anyway. In my opinion you have to rebalance your system in relation to the substances that are causing your symptoms. Symptoms can come in all forms, your happen to be mostly stomach/gastrointestinal.

      I would recommend The Allergy Kit to help you eliminate the cause of your allergies. I hope I don’t sound salesy but I think it is well worth the money. It takes about one month to go through and they offer a money back guarantee.

      I don’t believe in having to deny yourself healthy, delicious food!

      I remember when my partner used to take every pill going for his hayfever and he would have to stay inside so much of the time. He is outside, cutting a huge hedge, as we speak without so much as a sniffle! We just re-balanced his system in relation to pollen and whatever is in the air using the same techniques they show you to do in The Allergy Kit. That was about 4 or 5 years ago now!

      Hope this helps. Please ask if you have any more questions.

      With love,

      Cathy x



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