By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC
Have you even eaten an apple and suddenly your mouth is itchy, or a few bites of a banana made your tongue swell? You may be allergic to fruit– this is known as oral allergy syndrome, and it’s fairly common. Symptoms may include itching, tingling and swelling on your lips or in your mouth and throat. If you have a pollen allergy, chances are you also have this allergy to some fruit, as your immune system can’t tell the difference between these fruit and pollen. The symptoms are usually temporary and should be gone within an hour of eating the fruit. The reaction can occur more often during the heightened time of the pollen of which you are allergic. Our food allergy home testing kit can help you figure out which fruits are the best choices for your daily diet.
If you have a birch pollen allergy, a few different fruits that may cause an allergic reaction are kiwi, nectarines, apricots and apples. If you tend to be allergic to ragweed the fruits to avoid are cantaloupe, honeydew, oranges and peaches. Allergic to latex? You should probably steer clear of bananas, kiwi and papaya.
Looking to avoid these reactions? Cooking your fruit is the best way, as heat breaks down some of the proteins, but this doesn’t work for all fruit. Eating canned or frozen fruit may be safer than raw fruit, but dehydrated fruit may still cause symptoms. Another method would be to remove the skin, where most of the proteins in the fruit are stored.
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Medical disclaimer: Our food allergy home testing kit and all tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.
“Foods That May Trigger Pollen Allergies”. WebMD