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Old 09-23-2013, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Holiday, FL
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Never heard of this before. Not that it means anything. I'd never heard of being allergic to peanut buitter before there was a big flap about it in one of the school districts around Orlando.

A guy I know just went on a trip to the hospital after drinking a large glass of tea. He's the kind of guy that has done about everything from drugs to booze. But, it seems he's never had a glass of iced tea. Within 20 minutes, he was in an ambulance, hives, couldn't breathe, and heart rate up around 170.

It was dark or black tea. I've been drinking it for years without any problems. Also green tea, and if I could find white tea, I'd drink that too. But, since he took a ride to the hospital, I've done a little research. Seems black tea is fermented with a type of mold. Aspergillis? Green tea is slightly fermented also. Might it be the tea itself that set him off or might it be the mold?
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:00 PM
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Tea makes me sick. It probably has mold in it.
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:08 PM
 
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I was at an allergist's getting tested once and someone was getting tested for allergy to tea--so it is possible. It's a plant and people could be allergic to it. One thing though, you can never be allergic to something you have never had before. That person must have had tea at least once before.

Of course, they could have been allergic to some mold in the tea also or maybe there was something else in the tea.
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:42 PM
 
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I was at an allergist's getting tested once and someone was getting tested for allergy to tea--so it is possible. It's a plant and people could be allergic to it. One thing though, you can never be allergic to something you have never had before. That person must have had tea at least once before.

Of course, they could have been allergic to some mold in the tea also or maybe there was something else in the tea.
The mold they apparently use to ferment the tea is my thought. But, he says he's not gutsy enough to try white tea.

And, I don't know about that theory of not being allergic to something you've never had before. I know of a couple of people that never had certain medications before, and found out they were allergic to them. The first time you get stung by a bee or wasp, you can find out you're allergic to the venom. I would not want to bet my life on that theory.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:51 PM
 
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I don't doubt the potential for an allergic reaction.
While I enjoy the taste of tea-I can't drink it because it causes me to get spasms in my urinary tract
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:05 PM
 
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I can't drink tea because I'm allergic to the fungal type of yeast (i.e. Baker's yeast, not Candida) and it grows naturally on the leaves. Same with grapes.
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Old 11-06-2013, 05:09 PM
 
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It really could be anything in the tea. Your body does a good job telling you what it likes and doesn't, so if you don't feel good after something, chances are you probably shouldn't eat or drink it. (this includes fast food) because you know we all feel like crap a couple hours after eating that stuff.
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Old 12-21-2013, 04:24 PM
 
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Many teas are sprayed with various chemicals as they are grown, just like fruits and veg. He may have even had a reaction to one of the chemicals.
I try to drink organic teas now, just in case.
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Old 12-21-2013, 06:16 PM
 
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But tea is also a plant and it's easy to be allergic to any plant. Some people ARE allergic to tea just as some people are allergic to ragweed.
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Old 03-05-2014, 01:40 PM
 
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I'm allergic to tea, but I love it so much I suffer the sneezing and itching. Black, green and oolong tea are all the same plant so he will likely react the same to all of them.

Life without iced tea! That poor guy!
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