Lemon Allergy Symptoms

by N. Akhtar

Are you allergic to lemons?

Are you allergic to lemons?

Question: How can I know if I am allergic to lemons?

Nancy’s Answer: Lemon allergies are uncommon, but like any citrus allergy, a lemon allergy can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. If you know you have an allergic reaction to any type of citrus fruit, there is a good chance you might have a reaction to lemons. A lemon allergy can develop at any point during one’s life and can also subside at any time.

Our immune system uses antibodies to fight off foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses. A lemon allergy is caused by the release of IgE antibodies in the body. For some reason, the body identifies the lemon proteins as harmful invaders, thus causing a chain of chemical reactions and production of histamine.

Lemon Allergy Symptoms

According to the MayoClinic.com, lemon allergies have some of the same causes and symptoms as most food allergies. The following are some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction to lemons or lemon juice:

  • Skin rashes, hives, eczema or intense itching are the most common lemon allergy symptoms

  • Canker sores appear in the mouth or at the corner of the lips

  • Gastrointestinal issues such as nausea, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, or vomiting

  • Asthma-type reactions, such as shortness of breath, wheezing, along with nasal congestion

  • A severe allergic reaction can cause anaphylactic shock, which includes rapid heart rate, a sudden drop in blood pressure, and an inability to breathe

Diagnosing Lemon Allergy

A simple way to determine if you might be allergic to lemons it to touch a small amount of lemon peel or lemon pulp to your skin and see if you have any type of reaction, such as a rash or itching. This is obviously not a foolproof method, but if you are allergic, there is a good chance you will have some type of reaction.

If in doubt, an allergist can help determine if you do, in fact, have a lemon allergy and what might the cause. Common diagnostic tests may include a skin prick test or blood test.

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Jul 15, 2016
Lemon gives me severe leg aches at night
by: JAY SONI M.NO +919016662507

Same Here

"May 11, 2015
Lemon gives me severe leg aches at night
by: Dave

I've searched the net for someone who has this same reaction, but have yet to find anything. (Maybe I'm an alien?) However, after repeatedly experimenting by having (or not having) food that contains lemon - e.g., an organic hummus, an organic salad dressing, a vitamin C with citrus bioflavonoids, even a glass of carrot juice with just 1% lemon juice as preservative - I'm now certain that if I've had any lemon, I wake up during the night with severe pain in my lower legs, specifically my calves.

It took me years to narrow this down to lemon. And the more lemon I consume, the worse the pain! (I don't know how it could be psychosomatic because the pain wakes me up out of a sound sleep!)

The night it began to dawn on me that lemon was the culprit, I woke in sheer agony with pain in my calves - and no pain reliever would stop it! But reviewing what I had had that evening, the one thing in common was lemon in almost everything I consumed - on the salmon, in the salad dressing, in the pie....

This started my experimenting. If I'm careful to avoid lemon all day, I feel absolutely no discomfort at all in my legs all night. Since this is not an immediate reaction, I suppose it is considered a food sensitivity rather than an allergy - but it's a severe one!"

Jun 20, 2016
How to manage lemon allergy
by: Anonymous

I am from state punjab of India. I have tested allergy for foods. I have four star allergy from lemon (****) marked in report and *** star from carrot.

But i did not care about this and i started my treatment of kidney stone with lemon juice with one fresh lemon juice in glass of water daily for two months. It did not disturb me, but i have some digestion problem.

My stone has gone, but now when i use a little amount of lemon juice on salad or in water with dinner or any time or day, next day sneezing and running nose and sore throat disturb be for many days.

I wonder when i used a whole lemon regularly it did not make any different. Now i want to use lemon because if not, the stone may occur again and secondly i have uric acid problem. With using lemon juice, it will help to reduce uric acid level gradually.

I am allergic from carrot, rajmah (one type of bean), lemon, curd. These are useful to digestion system. Suggest me substitutes of these foods particularly for lemon because in summer it is also useful against scorching heat.

Also suggest homo.medicine. Please help i shall be very thankful to you for this act of kindness.

Jun 18, 2016
Common belief that lemon alkalinizes questionable
by: Anonymous

I found this logical explanation at drlwilson(dot)com(slash)articles(slash)FRUIT(dot)htm - I do not quote this as a proven fact, but just personally, it certainly explains the very real suffering I endure whenever I ingest lemon, lemon juice, and many other fruits. However, you must judge for yourself:

"8. Fruit can actually be acid-forming in the body. I know that this statement goes against that which is found in most nutrition books. However, we find it to be true in clinical practice. Several reasons for this are:

"A. Fruit acids. Textbooks of nutrition often say that even though fruit contains some mild acids, the mineral content of the fruit eventually causes an alkaline reaction in the body. However, we find that this is no longer the case because of the genetic modification of fruit and its lower mineral content today. As a result, the acids in the fruit can give many fruits an overall acidic reaction, which is not healthful at all. This applies particularly to acidic fruits such as citrus [e.g., lemons], which is often picked unripe and never ripens properly. However, it applies to other fruits, as well.

"B. Fruit sugars. Sugars tend to be acid-forming in their internal reaction, especially fructose.

"C. Imbalanced minerals in most fruit today. The mineral content of fruit is not optimum for our bodies. Today, this is due in part to the use of superphosphate fertilizers used on most farms, *including organic fruit orchards*. The mineral content seems to cause unpleasant reactions and deficiencies of zinc, in particular, especially if one eats a lot of it. It does not seem to matter [even] if the fruit is organically grown."

Making the body too acidic can cause all kinds of health problems. And the fruit we eat today is not the quite the same as the fruit we ate decades ago, when the belief that lemon was alkalinizing was formed. Personally, I used to eat a whole lemon or two every single day (I grew up on a citrus farm). Now just a slice of lemon causes me major allergic reactions and hours of severe overall body aching.

Jun 15, 2016
Am I allergic to lemon?
by: Kristina

I've been drinking lemon water in the morning for about a week now. The past two days I've been itching like crazy, mainly my upper torso, arms, face, neck & head. Today my lips feel a bit tingly. Could I be having an allergic reaction?

Jun 14, 2016
Mystery face swelling and itching
by: Chelsea

Is it possible to be allergic to lemon oil and not lemon juice? I have been putting juice in my smoothies for years but it wasn't until the last few months that I started using lemon essential oil that I've been having this mystery face swelling and itching episodes. It's happened about eight times in the last two months.


Yes, it is possible. The essential oil of a plant is different than the juice of the fruit. Essential oils are highly concentrated. Also, the quality of essential oils--including how the plants are grown and how the manufacturer processes them--is a key factor in the purity and potency of any oil.

I know some of the essential oil companies state that their oils are food grade, but not all brands of essential oils are food grade.

The citrus oils are generally considered safe to ingest (if they are in fact food grade), but other essential oils can be dangerous to ingest. Thus, in general, I do not recommend ingesting essential oils. I use them more for topical and aromatic benefits.

I believe lemon juice in water is more beneficial than lemon oil for a number of reasons. And if for no other reason, lemon water is easier to metabolize than lemon oil.

Since lemon oil is processed to some degree to make the extract, I suspect the lemon oil does not have the same benefits as fresh-squeezed lemon in water.

Jun 13, 2016
Alkalizing benefits even if allergic?
by: Jennifer

I am allergic to citrus (it exacerbates my rosacea) but have heard that lemon water turns alkaline in your stomach. Is this true if one is allergic to citrus? I've heard lemon water is good to drink and I like to drink it. Wondering about the lemon water/alkaline aspect. Thanks.


Yes, it is true that even though lemon juice is acidic, it is alkalizing in the body once the lemon juice is metabolized. And this is true even if you are allergic to citrus.

However, I don't believe the alkalizing benefits of lemon juice will outweigh the allergic effects. There are other foods and supplements that can increase alkalinity, such as super greens and apple cider vinegar.

There are several good brands of super greens, such as Amazing Grass, Garden of Life, Vibrant Health, Health Force Nutritionals, and others.

All super greens are alkalizing and have many nutritional benefits. One product I often recommend is Amazing Grass Alkalize and Detox. you can add the super green powder to smoothies, protein drinks, or juice.

If you want to try the apple cider vinegar (ACV) be sure it is raw, organic, and unfiltered and contains the "mother." One recommended brand is Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar, which you can also find in most health food stores.

Jun 03, 2016
Allergic reaction i think
by: Anonymous

I had lemon cake yesterday and had a rash and it looks like I've been bitten by a mosquito. However I had the lemon cake again today and the same swollen thing has happened to my face again. I normally have lemons and nothing happens. Am I allergic to something that's in the lemon cake or am I allergic to lemons? Please help it looks really bad.


It's hard to say what's going on, but if you haven't had a problem in the past, most likely it is something else in the lemon cake. If the lemon cake was from a package, the lemon in it is most likely artificial flavoring. So, the reaction would not be from the lemon itself.

However, once your current condition clears up, the way to see if lemon is the problem would be to just to take a very small amount of fresh-squeezed lemon juice (1/8 tsp) and dab it on your skin or drink it in water.

If you have no reaction, you will know it was something in the cake.

By the way, the quickest way to clear up any skin condition is to drink a lot of clean water (1/2 to 3/4 your body weight in ounces) to flush out the allergens. A few supplements can also help: bromelain and/or quercetin.

A few of the better topical ingredients for allergic rashes are Calendula or Neem creams.

May 27, 2016
I was a lemon lover
by: Anonymous

Now a days I can't have lemon. I don't know why. If I take only one piece of it, it causes severe skin irritations in every part of my body, leaving it red and the most worst case scenario is that the irritation lasts for few days...continuously. I just don't know how will I overcome this problem because I can't live without lemon....

May 11, 2016
Lips irritation
by: Anonymous

Have a tooth missing and am planning to have an implant. Corners of my mouth became crusty, then my lips dried out, then scaly patches on my face. Chalked it up to a yeast infection and began to treat it homeopathic.

In the meantime, started drinking lemon water. Cracked lips and scaly skin did not abate. Went on travel, which meant no daily lemon water - lips and skin began to heal. Back home, went back to the lemon water and lips are cracked, flaky again. No more lemons!

Apr 21, 2016
Asthama / bronchitis /chronic cough
by: Amina

I have been drinking lemon honey in warm water for over a year now...

I didn't really notice much benefits only that it helped me with my bowels. But I have also been diagnosed with early stages of asthama/ chronic bronchitis.

I have terrible night coughs that leaves me sleepless. I am suspecting honey lemon which I was consuming because there is nothing else different that I have done.

Could this be the possible trigger?


Yes, it is possible. Just stop the honey lemon for a few weeks and see if you notice the difference.

If there is no change, then just try lemon water alone, without the honey.

Feb 17, 2016
Rash from lemons
by: Anonymous

I was picking lemons from my sister's tree and my fingers broke out looking like scaly indents.

Feb 06, 2016
Im allergic to lemon
by: H

Hi guys, I'm allergic to lemon and was wondering what products you can't use and what effects you get if you use them?? (Shampoos, shower gels etc...)

I can't use fruictis shampoo as it has lemon peel in it..
I can't use lemon washing up liquid...
I can't use lemon wipes from KFC...

To all those I have listed I get hive-like symptoms and get really itchy and get headaches if I use citrus Shampoos.

Thanks H

Jan 31, 2016
Get sore throat
by: Anonymous

Every time I drink warm lemon honey water first thing in morning I get severe sore throat...why??

Jan 01, 2016
Looking for citrus allergy relief
by: Julya

I was diagnosed by an ENT 20 years ago. I avoid ALL lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit and anything that contains any of these. I am respiratory, skin and food allergic. I read ALL labels. I hold my breath walking through produce departments and cleaning aisles. I wash all bedding and intimate wear before wearing. Just learned the hard way that, apparently, I cannot wear (or try on) clothing without washing. Any relief would be amazing.


Hi Julya, I am sorry to hear about your citrus allergy. It sounds like quite a challenge!

Have you seen a Naturopathic Doctor? I am sure a good NMD can help you minimize your body’s response to citrus with natural supplements and an anti-inflammatory diet.

In the meantime, as you may already know, allergies are caused by a histamine reaction in the body. What many people don’t know is that when the body is dehydrated (even a little bit), the histamine production increases greatly.

In addition, dehydration also affects the production of antibodies, meaning your body will not have adequate antibodies to deal with specific antigens, such as citrus. You can read more on this page under "Allergies Linked to Dehydration."

Thus, it is important to make sure you are drinking enough water on a daily basis.

In addition to water, one vitamin supplement that I have found very helpful for myself and many other people who have allergies (any type) is a supplement that contains Quercetin, bromelain, and buffered vitamin C. It might at least be worth a try to see if you get any relief.

The one I like best is Solgar Quercetin Complex shown here on Amazon.com. The customer reviews might be helpful.

Anyway, please come back and let us know if you find a way to get relief. Many people have a citrus allergy.

Nancy Hearn, CNC

Dec 28, 2015
Pain and bumps in my mouth
by: Anonymous

The strange thing that happens to me is after using lemon juice in my water is i get pain in the upper roof of my mouth. It's so painful i kept trying to pinpoint what i eat and drink.

So before i had dinner one night i drank some lemon juice and water first before my dinner. And the hard to swallow and pain followed by little small bumps came at this time. I knew what it was then.

It will last for a few days then go away. That is funny, i drink vinegar and water and its acidic and nothing happens. Puzzled here!

Dec 18, 2015
Watery cough in throat after drinking lemon water
by: Anonymous

I feel lumps of watery cough in my throat after Drinking lemon water in morning. Horse throat. No other problems

Is this because of lemon allergic?

Nov 01, 2015
Lemon juice on dark skin between legs
by: Anonymous

I read that if I rub lemon juice between my legs for dark marks due to menopause it will lighten. I also applied it at my bikini line. I believe that this caused me to develop bumps at my bikini line. I stopped wearing underwear to ease the discomfort and using neosporin. I hope it gets better. Do you know /have you heard of this before?

Oct 19, 2015
Reaction to lemon is probably not die-off
by: Dave

I've undergone month-long therapies for candida and all other fungi (taking heavy, daily doses of prescription anti-fungal meds, e.g. fluconazole, concentrated garlic, caprylic acid), and after all that, I still suffer severe body aches if I consume lemon juice. If I were on the FDA, I would declare lemon juice as a potential neurotoxin.

Oct 18, 2015
Slowing the dosage?
by: Anonymous

Been drinking 1 whole small lemon in water. Also applying it on my skin problem areas with good results. I have had problems with certain health foods after safely consuming them for months. I wonder if it would be wise to drink lemon water for couple weeks then stop for a week or so and then resume? Or would it be better to do 1/2 of small lemon? At the same time I would like to maintain the health benefits of lemon water.

Oct 12, 2015
Battling with intense itching
by: Anonymous

I have been drinking fresh lemons squeezed in warm water for over ten years. September 2015 I have been battling with intense itching. I mean sudden biting itching leaving my skin red.

My inner lid that covers my eyeballs feel itchy. Then I saw this as I juice regularly I was trying to eliminate what it could be. After reading the comments others have expressed I think it's the lemons I am consuming.

I am going to lay off of them and see what happens, I will let you all know. Thanks for the heads up.

Oct 08, 2015
Bacteria die off
by: Anonymous

I started lemon water a couple weeks ago. I've had some mild stomach cramps and more severe leg cramps one night. Lemon helps the liver and particularly the kidneys as well as many other bodily functions. It also probably affects the bad bacteria especially candida sufferers and those of you that don't know that you have candida problem. Lemon water diet can provoke die off which would account for upset stomach, leg cramps, etc. Usually the die off will pass. Sometimes the therapy needs to be stopped for a while and then restarted. Some people no doubt have real allergy but for me it's the dreaded die off. For example, the lemon water is quite good for skin breakout.

Sep 02, 2015
Any citris is bad for me
by: Anonymous

Its nice to know I'm not the only one. I get all the symptoms stated apart from the severe. I also get burning lips and stomach pains. My skin itches like dermititus. I've had symptom for as long as I can remember but seems to be getting worse as I get older.

Aug 23, 2015
Lemon Causes Leg and Finger Cramps
by: Anonymous

In response to Dave's comments (May 11, 2015).... YES!!! lemon causes severe leg cramps and cramps in my fingers. I too suffer with this and so does my husband. I am so relieved to hear of another person with this condition.

Aug 19, 2015
All citrus fruit is histamine-rich, thus potentially allergenic
by: Dave

Besides the leg aches I wrote about further up the list here, I also experience stinging on my tongue when consuming straight lemon (or any citrus fruit), tomatoes, avocado, banana, eggplant, or walnuts.

(Crazy I know, but I had assumed since I was a child that everybody did! Doh!)

Now I also realize that my recurring scaly dermatitis and frequently inflamed hangnails were very probably consequences of consuming these foods; the dermatitis and inflamed nail cuticles are now gone after the connection was pointed out to me, and I eliminated these items from my diet.

After some testing, it turns out that I'm "histamine intolerant" or "histadelic" according to my doctor - and all the foods I listed above are extra high in histamine! The high acidity of citrus fruit, especially lemons, just seems to worsen the effects of the excess histamine in my body.

I was informed that methionine (an essential amino acid), DAO (diamine oxidase, a digestive enzyme that breaks down excessive histamine in the GI tract, but hard to find in health food stores), and calcium (balanced with magnesium) are the best nutritional ways to keep histamine levels in the body under control. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) at night if there's a major reaction after dinner.

I now take these (which allow me to "cheat" a bit if I eat moderate amounts of the culprit foods), but I wouldn't say that they're the solutions for everyone - each person may have a different reason for their allergic reactions.

The medical research I was told to read found that an excess amount of histamine can cause different, unpredictable reactions in any part or parts of the body, even varying each time in the same individual!

Excess histamine can even cause depression and/or hyperactivity! I might suggest doing an internet search for "everything you need to know about histamine intolerance" and "histadelia" and see if the articles ring any bells. Lemons and other citrus are often mentioned in these articles.

Aug 19, 2015
Fresh Lemon Allergy?
by: Lutricia

Is it possible to have an allergy to fresh lemons and not processed lemonade?

Two days ago we went to the State Fair and I had a pina colada made with fresh lemons. An hour or so later, I was hit with stomach cramps, diarrhea, and trying to avoid vomiting.

I didn't think too much on it, because I have had certain dairy products affect me that way, too and I had been to the Dairy Barn, also.

Then yesterday, we liked the lemon water so well, that we purchased fresh lemons and cut them up and added them to our water. In the late afternoon and evening I was drinking some of this off and on.

During the night I was hit again with the stomach cramps, diarrhea, trying to avoid vomiting, but also included weakness and sweating. I haven't had it so severe before and knew it wasn't from dairy products, as I had not had any during the day.

Could it possibly be from the fresh lemons that we started adding to the water we drink?

I've had lemonade before and it hasn't bothered me like described above. Just trying to put two and two together to see if this might be the culprit.

Aug 13, 2015
Airborne Lemon Allergy
by: Anonymous

Is it possible to be allergic to lemons via airborne? All I can find is that it has to be through direct contact.

Aug 13, 2015
Lemon juice on my face
by: Anonymous

I used lemon juice on my face overnight. Two days later, there was rashes all over my face, itchy and feeling very uncomfortable as I write to you now. Help help help is needed.


You most likely have a citrus allergy. Calendula cream can help soothe and calm the skin. Also, you can drink a lot of clean filtered water to help flush the allergens out of your system quicker. However, if it gets much worse, you should call your doctor.

-- Nancy Hearn, CNC

Jul 26, 2015
Lemon allergy
by: Christine

I've noticed every time I drink lemon water a lot, I get nosebleeds. Anyone else?

Jun 07, 2015
Itchy rash from lemon skins
by: Tosheiba

I have used lemon in water, recipes and drinks but have never had a reaction to them until now.

I was making a cake topped with lemon curd and wanted to decorate the top with fresh lemon curls. I looked on youtube and found a video that showed this. It also referenced that some people are allergic to the oils in the skin of lemon so be careful removing skin.

I must be one of them because my hands have broken out all over my hands and fingers. It started with a few bumps near my thumb but has progressed to my fingers and palms.

It has been five days since I handled the lemons but the rash hasn't subsided. What should I do?

May 14, 2015
Face rashes from lemon
by: Anonymous

mam...please help me...i got red rashes from lemon...as i applied it overnight......my cheeks got red....tell me what to do now.... :-(

I usually drink lemon juice etc and am fine with lemon....but rashes caused last night when i applied it on face to cure pimples.


I cannot give anyone advice on this site. It is against the law. However, I would never use lemon juice directly on my own skin. It is too acidic.

For acne, I would use a tea tree oil facial cleanser followed by witch hazel toner to close the pores. Then I would apply an oil control moisturizer.

May 11, 2015
Lemon gives me severe leg aches at night
by: Dave

I've searched the net for someone who has this same reaction, but have yet to find anything. (Maybe I'm an alien?) However, after repeatedly experimenting by having (or not having) food that contains lemon - e.g., an organic hummus, an organic salad dressing, a vitamin C with citrus bioflavonoids, even a glass of carrot juice with just 1% lemon juice as preservative - I'm now certain that if I've had any lemon, I wake up during the night with severe pain in my lower legs, specifically my calves.

It took me years to narrow this down to lemon. And the more lemon I consume, the worse the pain! (I don't know how it could be psychosomatic because the pain wakes me up out of a sound sleep!)

The night it began to dawn on me that lemon was the culprit, I woke in sheer agony with pain in my calves - and no pain reliever would stop it! But reviewing what I had had that evening, the one thing in common was lemon in almost everything I consumed - on the salmon, in the salad dressing, in the pie....

This started my experimenting. If I'm careful to avoid lemon all day, I feel absolutely no discomfort at all in my legs all night. Since this is not an immediate reaction, I suppose it is considered a food sensitivity rather than an allergy - but it's a severe one!

May 11, 2015
Rashes on my face
by: Yansi

I just tried lemon juice for my acne scars on my face. After doing this thing every night in just 3 days, my face has some rashes and started to have some little pimples. What happened?

May 07, 2015
Lemon juice made me cough and congested my nose
by: Coleen

After having a bad infection in my sinuses, lungs, and throat I was given antibiotics. I decided to start taking honey and lemon juice hot drinks to sooth my throat.

After my infections cleared up I continued with the manuka honey and lemon juice drinks. I constantly felt like I had a really bad cold with a bad cough, my nose was constantly congested no matter how much I used olbas oil, medicated sweets and Beconase from the doctor, my cough just got worse and worse and with me being asthmatic too.

I began having to use my inhalers much more often than usual to the point of thinking i needed to go into hospital for steroids. I stopped having the manuka honey with the lemon juice and just had the honey instead, after two days I began to be able to breath through my nose normally again, my cough started to subside and I started to feel well again after feeling poorly for about 4 weeks.

I am now looking forward to getting an undisturbed night's sleep hopefully without constantly coughing all night, blowing my nose that was constantly blocked all the time, and feeling like I don't have a constant cold every day if my life.

For me, lemon juice is no longer on my list of shopping, not ever.

May 06, 2015
Allergic to Lemon Bioflavinoids?
by: MIKE C

I started taking 1000 mg Lemon Biofavinoids containing 100 mg of Rutin Complex and 100 mg of Hesperidan Complex 2 times per day to relieve ringing in my right ear.

I have developed extreme itching on my arms and legs, especially around the ankles. I got a similar reaction in the past from Raspberry Ketones and the antibiotic Keflex.

Is there any similarity in the make-up of these 3 substances which could cause this severe allergic itching reaction?

I am anxious to find out since nothing helps reduce this itching whenever it occurs.

Apr 30, 2015
Lemon Zest Reaction
by: Anonymous

I recently had a dessert that I later found out had lemon zest in it. My tongue was tingling and I had numerous bumps on it. The next morning my tongue was still sore. I had not knowingly ever had lemon zest before. That was the only ingredient in the dessert that was out of the ordinary. Did I possibly have an allergic reaction?


Sounds like you did, yes.

Apr 18, 2015
Lemon juice allergy
by: Helen

I was in hospital the whole month of February. I began to itch and thought it was possibly a reaction to medication but I was also drinking tea with lemon daily.

Since I'm home I've been drinking warm lemon water every morning. The itching has come back. I think I may have an allergy to the lemon juice.

Apr 01, 2015
Coughing from lemons
by: Anonymous

Hello, my allergy is from anything with lemon. I get a continuous cough and sometimes I cough so much I end up vomiting.

I had been to see an allergist but he told me it was from an old cold which stayed and he gave me so many sprays and things to take but in the end I had to stop as they gave me cramps.

As I live in Greece I was putting lemon on all my food and the annoying cough so I stopped the lemon and the cough stopped but when I go out I have to be careful because the Greeks put lemon on most foods as well so it is very difficult to eat out.

Mar 23, 2015
Lemon water benefits without the allergy symptoms
by: Anonymous

I was suffering from acidity and heartburn since 15 years, taking antacids almost daily. Then last month i came across this news about lukewarm lemon water in morning and i started that.

It was a miracle that i did not need to take any antacid for one month complete and i felt almost cured. But i also developed some cracks near the lip-corners and its painful too. And for a week now i have skin allergy on my eye lids and it is getting worse, swelling and reddish. My right eye almost difficult to open. And it is embarrassing too to move like this in office.

Yes, i'm already suffering from skin allergies for a long time (on my hands frequently) but it was under control since some time now particularly after i took homeopathy medicines about 10 years back. Then it was small ointments sometimes like Betnovate that it was under control.

But after reading all the comments in this site (waterbenefitshealth.com), i feel its the lemon water in morning now that is creating the big allergy episode. Though i have yet to validate it.

Now how to have the lemon water benefits without the allergy part...???


Without being tested for allergies, it is hard to say whether the lemon juice is causing your skin issues or not.

Our skin is the largest organ of elimination of toxins. Thus, it is also possible that drinking lemon water is causing your body to detoxify too fast--thus the skin eruptions.

If this is the case, it might help to simply drink more plain water throughout the day until the skin issues clear up.

In any case, it would be wise to stop drinking the lemon water (if you haven't already done so), and see if your skin clears up.

When the skin clears up, you could possibly try drinking a higher dilution of lemon juice in water every other day and see if that helps.

A little lemon juice goes a long way. Even 1/8 to 1/4 lemon juice in 8 to 12 ounces of water once a day or once every other day is beneficial and may be just enough acid to also help with the acid reflux.

Since your heartburn decreased when taking the lemon water, that tells me that the main cause was probably insufficient stomach acid.

If you decide not to drink any more lemon water, you could increase the acid in your stomach in other ways, such as taking a high-quality aloe vera juice or apple cider vinegar before meals.

I think the best brand of aloe vera is Aloe Life. It is much more concentrated than most of the others so you have to take less of it to get results.

You can review this Aloe on Amazon.com if interested.

Another good quality aloe vera brand is Lily of the Desert.

The brand of apple cider vinegar I recommend is Bragg's unfiltered apple cider vinegar (ACV). It must be unfiltered with the "mother" in it.

Both the aloe vera and ACV are bitter. If you don't like the bitter taste, you can get flavored aloe vera or just add it to a small amount of juice. The same with the ACV.

Like lemon water, both aloe vera and ACV will provide more acid to the stomach and also be nourishing and healing.

Nancy Hearn

Dec 25, 2014
Rash on face from lemon juice?
by: Anonymous

I've been drinking lemon juice for the last few weeks but lately, my skin has turned to reddish colour and small pimples are popping on my face.

I did experience that when I first started drinking lemon juice but it went off and it came back now after I started to drink pure lemon juice in the morning. Initially, I took my lemon juice with other fruit juices. Am I actually allergic to pure lemon juice?

Dec 10, 2014
Painful itching and burning on my tongue
by: Lemon Demon

I believe I may have a lemon allergy. When I was a baby I was supposedly allergic to grapefruit.

Over the past 28 years I have had a painful itching and burning on my tongue. Sometimes there are small white bumps/dots where the pain is intensified. After quitting some medication this year the worst of the symptoms went away (by worst I mean bloody mouth that filled the sink, pain so intense that even drinking water was unbearable).

Recently this tongue pain has come back and I believe it may be from citrus, like lemon and pineapple. Since I eat a lot of salsa I figured it may be due to the kind containing pineapple, so I have quit that.

My tongue still hurts and I realized I have been using a natural/organic lip balm containing lemon. I have also learned that most citric acid has something to do with mold, while the other has to do with citrus foods.

I am wondering if anybody else has these symptoms and if there is a way to find out if it's citric acid or citrus fruit that is hurting my mouth (and possibly skin - since there's citric acid in my face wash).

Feeling better would cause great joy in my life because it has been and continues to be very difficult for me to function physically and mentally with this pain. Thanks for your help.

Dec 10, 2014
Lemon water and dry lips and mouth
by: Anonymous

In February 2014 I started drinking lemon water every morning. My lips got really dry and painful and flaky. The skin around my mouth, and small patches all over my face, were super dry - like an eczema breakout. I thought it was a new face cream I was using, so I stopped using it and stopped the lemon water too, just in case. A month or so went by before my skin was normal again.

In December 2014 I started up with the lemon water again. The painful, chapped and flaky lips are back, and I can see the skin near the mouth getting the patches.

So - now I know it wasn't the face cream, but in fact, it was the lemon water.

Does anyone else have these problems? I read all the time about how lemon water is like a magic health cure-all - so i'll be upset if I can't drink it anymore. Today i drank my lemon water (1/2 lemon pressed into a glass of room temp. water) with a straw, but I can still feel my lips acting up.

Nov 06, 2014
Fresh Lemon Juice - throat problems
by: Brianna

I had an allergic reaction while drinking a cocktail several months ago, and then again last night, where my throat closes up and gets really tight and uncomfortable, almost like I'm choking.

I looked up the ingredients and the one thing both drinks had in common was fresh lemon juice.

I drink lemonade and eat chicken that's been prepared with lemon all the time and have never had a problem.

I also touch lemons and have never gotten a rash. Is it possible that fresh lemon juice is the culprit?

WBH Response:

Yes, it is possible that the fresh lemon juice is the culprit because it has the most acidity.

Most lemonade is made from processed lemon juice so it is not the same as fresh lemon juice. In fact, some processed lemonade does not come from lemons at all. They use artificially made flavors in laboratories.

That may be the reason that store-bought lemonade does not bother you. If you drink fresh-squeezed lemonade, you would most likely have the same symptoms with your throat.

What is a little surprising to me is that touching fresh lemon juice does not cause you any type of skin reaction.

Since the chicken prepared with lemon is cooked, the heat will also destroy many of the enzymes in the lemon juice and most likely change the citric acid of the lemon into something else as it absorbs into the meat, which is probably why it does not bother you.

However, I have heard of commercial lemonade and even the slightest bit of lemon juice used in cooking causing allergic symptoms in other people. So, these comments do not apply to everyone. I am just commenting on your situation with a humble hypothesis . . .

Oct 10, 2014
Lemon smelling products
by: Anonymous

Is it okay to use lemon smelling products, like washing up liquid, floor cleaner etc?


If you have a lemon or citrus allergy, I think it would really depend on what is put in the cleaning products to give it the lemon smell. If the product is made with the actual essential oil of lemons, then it could definitely trigger symptoms for someone with a citrus allergy. Usually cleaning products that use the actual oil of lemons is found mainly in health food stores.

If the fragrance is synthetic (man-made), which you will more likely find in commercial cleaning products, then it may not affect someone with a citrus allergy. However, people with citrus allergies often have a sensitivity to other fragrances also, regardless of whether they are synthetic or natural. So, the synthetic lemon fragrance may or may not cause allergy symptoms also.

Oct 03, 2014
My lemon allergy symptoms
by: Anonymous

Whenever I'm around lemon scent, it feels like I can't breath. Yes, I mean the natural smell of them too. Anything lemony scented.

Also, if I come in contact with them, it's so weird. I feel so nauseated and my water count or hydration goes to 0. I have to be hooked up to a bunch of IVs and they have to hydrate my body fairly quickly. The amount I'm exposed to determines how fast I dehydrate.

Anyone else react like this? Or am I weird or whatever?

Sep 24, 2014
Coughing from Lemon? Allergy question
by: Barbara

I have a question as I'm trying to narrow down what I might have an allergy to. Meds, food, supplements in the past using lemon in water did not cause any reaction but lately I stay up all night with a very dry cough and wanting to know if anyone has had this experience or how likely it is from lemon?

Barbara Wagner

Sep 16, 2014
This may help
by: Anonymous

I have had problems with allergies to apples, pears, peaches, nectarines and also some nuts but not citrus fruit.

What helped me was Olive Leaf Extract, preferably taken in the liquid form along with a daily garlic tablet.

It cleared the hives and I no longer need to take antihistamine tablets. As both problems are a food intolerance, it may well work for citrus fruit allergies as well.

Nancy's Comment:

Thank you for sharing this. And I agree about the olive leaf and garlic.

One might also try Nettles tea, extract or capsules. There are also liquid herbal extracts for allergies that are effective, especially those which include nettle. I prefer the brands Gaia, Native Remedies or Herb Pharm.

Another option are the Homeopathic allergy remedies by King Bio, Hylands or Boiron. I have used a few of these remedies myself and I know they are effective. They are one of the top sellers for natural allergy remedies at the health food store where I work.

An effective vitamin supplement for most allergies is one that contains Bromelain, Quercetin and Vitamin C all in one supplement. You can find this product in most vitamin shops or at Amazon.com. It is effective for most allergies. However, I cannot say for sure if it would work for a citrus allergy.

Sep 10, 2014
How I found out I was allergic to lemon
by: Anonymous

My mother was in the hospital with my brother after giving birth, and my sisters and I had stayed the few nights with my grandmother. It was during this stay that I realized my allergy.

My grandmother washed our whites in lemon bleach and needless to say I ended up with a severe case of itchy red hives in unmentionable places.

I tested my allergy theory with lemon dish soap and needless to say where the soap had touched my skin I had another unbearable itchy rash.

I have done my best to stay clear of anything with lemons. But sometimes it's hard if something says citrus but doesn't specify which type. Lemon being the only thing I'm allergic to.

Aug 19, 2014
Lemon allergy antidote
by: Chelmsford

Would anybody have any info of an antidote to neutralize if lemon has been consumed in error?

I am a sufferer and on more occasions have ingested lemon and realized minutes later!

May 13, 2014
Lemon allergy symptoms
by: Anonymous

One week drank lemon water, cucumber and mint. Broke out with itchy neck and peeling skin face, neck and ears.

Aug 19, 2013
7 year old son may have citrus allergy
by: Anonymous

I have a 7 year old son who seems to get really sick the next day after drinking lemonade or a lime aid, but if you drink anything like Kool Aid, that lemonade flavor, he's okay. He don't get sick.

I just been trying to narrow it down. This is like the third time he has gotten sick after drinking something with citrus...and its usually between 6 to 12 hour period before he starts getting sick.

And he will vomit all day long but never runs a fever... tomorrow I'm going to call his allergy doctor because he does have seasonal allergies and see maybe they could test him for food allergies but I was wanting to know can this be common if he is allergic to citrus.


It sounds like he does have a citrus allergy, but no way to know for sure without getting tested.

The reason he does not react to lemon flavored Kool Aid and such is because those flavorings are not citrus. They are artificial flavorings.

Aug 19, 2013
My severe lemon allergy reaction
by: KarenAnonymous

A few months ago I ate a cupcake with a lemon filling. Two days later my mouth was full of canker sores and very tender gums. It took months to subside.

Then about the time that was nearly better, I ate a blueberry pie that had a tiny bit of lemon in it and two days later my throat started to feel sore. It kept getting worse until I could not talk nor swallow. My throat was nearly closed off but my esophagus was not affected.

I went to emergency and they gave me a steroid, which helped clear it up pretty fast.

I still have a hoarse throat and it hurts to yawn and it has been two weeks.

When doctors looked in my mouth and then again in my throat they could see nothing that looked wrong.

It made me feel stupid, but yet I was suffering a lot. One doctor said I was having a severe allergic reaction to the lemon and to always have Benedryl with me.

I will be extra careful now but wish I knew why the allergic reaction took two days both time and why it takes so long to clear up. I'm puzzled, Karen

Nancy's response:

Wow, so sorry for your suffering, Karen! I have no idea why it would take a few days for symptoms to appear but I am sure it must have to do with how the citrus is metabolized in your body to produce the allergens.

Normally what I recommend to people with any type of allergies is to take a natural dietary supplement that contains Bromelain, Quercetin, and Vitamin C. This supplement is fairly effective for most people with seasonal allergies as well as some food allergies.

However, since Bromelain is a protein-digesting enzyme extracted from the flesh and stem of the pineapple plant, it may not be a good idea for you if there is any chance you are also allergic to pineapple. Otherwise, you may simply have to avoid all citrus.

Note: Protein-digesting enzymes are systemic enzymes that you take in between meals. They digest "foreign proteins" in the body, such as allergens, bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

Aug 02, 2013
Reaction to lemon juice in drinking water
by: Luann

Have been suffering with a itchy rash for 1 year. Have never been allergic to anything in my life. Went to a dermatologist. They took a skin sample and came back as Atopic Dermatitis - which is something I ingested.

After thinking of any changes in my diet, the only thing was adding Lemon Juice to my drinking water. It has been 3 days since stopping the lemon juice and the itch is gone. Who would have thought.

Jun 12, 2013
Lemon allergy
by: Anonymous

I have severe allergic reaction (within 20 minutes) to anything containing lemon juice, extract, oil etc. and have noticed that whilst grapefruit does not upset me, it tends, I believe, to worsen a psoriasis condition, and i suspect orange juice has an effect too.

For this reason i have to be so careful both in eating at home and particularly when dining out, it actually results in me being reluctant to eat out because whilst one can tell the waiter, the message is either not passed on, or the chef forgets and a pleasant social occasion is ruined, i am in pain often for hours, and this sometimes results in vomiting too, which strangely can alleviate the pain almost immediately.

Jun 01, 2013
Allergy to lemons
by: Marybeth

I not only have had deadly allergic reaction to lemons i also add all citrus, tropical fruits and berries to my list in the food category--not to mention I am deadly allergic to all medication in the cillin... family. weird hu...

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