Have you ever noticed certain food seem to worsen your seasonal allergies? If so, you may be experiencing oral allergy syndrome (OAS), or pollen-food allergy. Oral allergy syndrome normally affects those in late childhood and early adulthood with the seasonal form of allergy rhinitis, known as hay fever. OAS can happen at any time but usually worsens during allergy season.
Distinct from food allergies, oral allergy syndrome occurs when the body identifies proteins similar to your pollen allergen in food like fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts. The reaction typically produces allergy symptoms like itchy mouth palate, scratchy throat, swollen mouth, lips, or throat, and even itchy ears. However, a small percentage of OAS sufferers may experience more severe allergy symptoms like anaphylaxis.
Treatment of OAS symptoms is not usually necessary because symptoms quickly subside after consuming the food. But for life-threatening allergy symptoms like anaphylaxis, an epinephrine auto-injector and/or medical attention may be needed. Contact your board-certified allergist to schedule a meeting if you have any inquiries about OAS and seasonal allergies.
To reduce your OAS allergy symptoms, you can mitigate your consumption of certain food. Eating certain food during allergy season may intensify your sensitivity to seasonal allergies.
According to the AAAAI, here are some of the identified food known to produce cross-reactions based on the common pollen allergens:
Birch: pitted fruits, kiwi, carrot, celery, parsley, certain legumes, and certain nuts
Grass: celery, orange, peach, tomato, and melons
Ragweed: banana, cucumber, melon, zucchini, sunflower seeds, and white potato
Mugwort: bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, garlic, onion, parsley, and certain spices
Depending on your pollen allergen, you may experience allergic reactions to some food and not others. If you must eat the identified food, make sure you eat the cooked – not raw – version of the food because heat denatures or breaks down the protein of the allergen. Also, peeling the skin off your identified food, when possible, can help to remove the heavy concentration of allergens typically on the skin.
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