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Oral allergy syndrome

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Oral allergy syndrome?

Definition:

Oral allergy syndrome is considered an allergic response after being in contact with certain pollens. It causes allergic symptoms in the mouth such as: tingling, swelling of mouth or lips, and itching.

What foods cause oral allergy syndrome?

Mainly it is pollen on or still in fresh fruits, nuts, and vegetables that cause this syndrome. Some common fruits that have been linked to oral allergy syndrome are peaches, mango, and apple. People with hay fever to environmental pollens may be more likely to have oral allergy syndrome than those who don’t have hay fever.

Can I cook the fruits and vegetables then safely eat them?

Most people with oral allergy syndrome can eat cooked fruits and vegetables. There has been research that found celery and nuts to be the exception. Talk with your allergist and a nutritionist with experience with this syndrome to develop a plan for you to know what fruits and vegetables you can safely eat, both raw and cooked.

If you suspect you have food allergies, see your doctor or allergist for testing and diagnosis. Knowing what foods to avoid and carrying emergency medicine like epinephrine, if needed, can save your life if you have a serious allergy.