Can mandarin orange trigger allergies?

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An allergic reaction to mandarin orange is uncommon. If highly sensitive to the fruit, the individual might experience citrus allergy that triggers similar reactions to other citrus fruits.

If an individual ends up with an allergic reaction after directly handling or eating the fruit, a doctor should be seen right away. Even though most symptoms of an allergic reaction to mandarin orange is minor and harmless, there is always a potential for anaphylaxis.

What are the usual signs of a reaction to mandarin orange?

The common indications of an allergy to mandarin orange include:

  • Mouth ulcers
  • Tingling sensation in the cheek or mouth
  • Watery eyes
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Postnasal drip
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sinus pressure
  • Asthma symptoms such as coughing, chest pain, wheezing and difficulty breathing
    The skin becomes inflamed and small-sized blisters develop which are itchy and can even burn.

Contact dermatitis is common among those with citrus allergy. It typically occurs when the skin is directly exposed to some of the citrus substances.

The skin becomes inflamed and small-sized blisters develop which are itchy and can even burn. If exposure to a mandarin orange triggers contact dermatitis, cleanse the affected site to get rid of any residue, apply a cold compress to lessen the itchiness and provide an antihistamine to alleviate the inflammation.


An effective treatment for reactions to mandarin orange is avoidance. The individual must avoid all citrus fruits and cautiously read the labels of any food or beverage before eating.

Other treatment measures include an oral antihistamine to lessen the minor signs such as sneezing or itchy eyes. A shot of epinephrine might be necessary if the indications of anaphylaxis are present.

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