If you sometimes experience itchiness in your mouth after eating an apple, or a tasty banana makes your tongue swell, it might be the symptoms of an oral allergy syndrome, which is also known as pollen-food allergy syndrome. It is caused by the immune system, which sometimes can’t tell the difference between proteins in some foods and pollen. The usual symptoms are itching, tingling, and swelling, mostly to the mouth, lips, and throat. Once you have these symptoms, you immediately think about the medications that you will take. But try some natural methods first:
“A lot of people don’t even have idea that they have it, because they can’t make a connection between the products that they can’t tolerate and their allergies,” says Robert Eitches, MD, attending physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
“You may not be allergic to these foods directly but have positive testing to birch, grass, or ragweed pollen, which are very widespread,” says Eitches. It happens because of cross-reactions.
So, if you have seasonal allergies and want to know what other foods might trigger reactions in your body, check out this list below.
If you have a birch allergy, you might react to: almonds, apples, apricots, carrots, coriander, celery, cherries, fennel, hazelnuts, kiwi, nectarines, parsnips, peaches, pears, peppers, and plums.
If you are allergic to ragweed, you may have to avoid: bananas, cantaloupe, chamomile tea, cucumber, honeydew, watermelon, sunflower seeds, and zucchini.
If you have a grass allergy, these might cause a reaction: celery, cantaloupe, honeydew, oranges, peaches, tomatoes, and watermelon.
The best way to avoid the oral allergy syndrome is to give up eating these products completely. Nonetheless, there are ways to minimize the risks of undesirable symptoms. The proteins that trigger reaction are destroyed under high temperatures (this doesn’t relate to celery, however). Canned, processed, pasteurized, or frozen foods may also be safe. If you still want to eat your fruit fresh, try peeling it, because most of the proteins are contained in the skin.
However, if the symptoms continue or persevere, it’s best to consult your doctor or an allergist, who can determine what exactly you’re allergic to and find the best way to tackle your problem.
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