Ah, the season of fresh peaches, tomatoes, melons and more. Unless, that is, you live with oral allergy syndrome. Here are expert insights into the condition you’re just itching to control.
A negative test to one citrus fruit doesn’t rule out allergies to others, says Dr. Jason K. Lee.
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.
Whether you’re new to food allergies or have been dealing with them for years, figuring out what is and isn’t in the food you find at the grocery store can be daunting.
The tricks to understanding package labels.
Struggling with an itchy mouth? A peach may not be beyond reach.
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.
Cross-reaction chart for oral allergy syndrome.