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Can Fruit & Vegetable Allergies be Related to a Pollen Allergy?

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. Dr. Sharma: This […]

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The Scoop On: Raw vs. Cooked Fruit

Struggling with an itchy mouth? A peach may not be beyond reach.

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Statistics: Soy and Legume Allergies

Soy allergy is one of the more common allergies in North America, and is on the priority allergen list for both Canada and the United States. However, it’s unclear exactly how many people suffer from the allergy. Peanuts are the most common legume that people will react to, and about 5 per cent of peanut […]

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Oral Allergy Syndrome Prevalence

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 […]

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All About Oral Allergy Syndrome

Mother always told you to eat your fruits and vegetables. Sometimes, mother was wrong. A less severe form of food allergy, called oral allergy syndrome, is a reaction to proteins in common raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. It’s called “oral allergy” syndrome or OAS because its symptoms are usually limited to the lips, mouth, […]

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Oral Allergy Syndrome: The Eating Ain’t Easy

As a farm girl growing up outside of Port Colborne, Ont. in the late 1960s, summertime was the greatest. I’d run and play in the meadows where our cattle grazed, the grass soft under my bare feet. I recall climbing the apple and pear trees and have great memories of hunting for a new litter […]

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OAS – When Raw Fruit is Forbidden

A life with OAS means only cooked or baked fruit. Crisp, raw fruit, how I miss you. Cradling a fresh, succulent peach in my hands, I take in its tantalizing aroma. I rub the fuzz lightly on my lips before taking a big, juice-dripping bite. Delicious. I swallow, and the tingling begins. First on my […]

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