Q: Over the past year, I started getting a terribly itchy mouth if I ate apples or pears or celery. Now carrots and potatoes, too! My doctor says this is a form of food allergy, related to my pollen allergies. Can you help me understand this? I’m concerned about what’s OK to eat.
Allergen Where It Hides Alternate Names Fruits, Vegetables (Oral allergy syndrome or IgE-mediated allergy) flavorings and spices colorings salads (may contain raw fruit or vegetables) spreads yogurts natural rubber latex (latex-fruit syndrome links fruits and vegetables to latex, a serious allergen) flavoring, natural/artificial flavoring color, natural/artificial color Sources: –ImmunoCAP –Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Allergies to kiwi, also known as the Chinese gooseberry or macaque peach, are on the increase worldwide.
Dr. Antony Ham Pong, an Ottawa allergist and clinical researcher, estimates that up to 10 per cent of the general population has oral allergy syndrome. That means the condition affects more people than milk allergy, peanut allergy or shellfish allergy. OAS is a condition that’s linked to hay fever, which affects a third of the […]
An OAS reaction usually comes on swiftly and can recede just as quickly. You’re sitting there eating and all of a sudden, your lips (or tongue and palate) begin to swell. There might tingle or itch at the back of your throat, or you might start to sneeze, have the urge to blow your nose […]