Oral allergy syndrome, also called pollen-food allergy, is a type of food allergy that occurs after eating certain uncooked fruits, nuts, and vegetables. This allergy is not usually found in young children but develops in teens and adults.
Contact Bluegrass Family Allergy today to find out if you have oral allergy syndrome.
Oral allergy syndrome occurs when two allergens cross paths and create an allergic reaction within the body. The allergic reaction occurs in uncooked food, because when raw fruits and vegetables are cooked, the elements causing an allergic reaction are destroyed.
Understanding what triggers your allergy symptoms will help you protect your body from harmful allergens. Certain raw fruits and vegetables are associated with specific types of pollen. If you’re allergic to a type of pollen you might be allergic to these corresponding foods:
- Birch pollen is often associated with apples, celery, and plums
- Grass pollen is often associated with oranges, peaches, and tomatoes
- Ragweed pollen is often associated with bananas, melons, and zucchini
Oral Allergy Syndrome: Symptoms & Diagnosis
Within minutes, you will know if you’re allergic to the fresh fruit or vegetable you just ate. Symptoms of oral allergy syndrome are itchy mouth or lips, watery eyes, runny nose, or possible swelling near the face.
Thankfully, oral allergy syndrome usually subsides when the food is swallowed. However, if the reaction is severe, an epinephrine auto-injector may be necessary. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Brauer today to determine if you need this life-saving medicine.
It is critical to determine if your reactions to certain foods are caused by an allergy or intolerance. Dr. Brauer can properly diagnose your condition through a skin test, blood test, or food challenge. After your food allergy is accurately diagnosed, she will work with you to determine the best treatment plan.
Call us today at 270-228-2811 and ask us about our stock of food allergy bracelets for kids and medic alert tags.