ORAL ALLERGY SYNDROME
Dr. Michel Drouin, Allergy Sept. 1990
syndrome refers to a group of symptoms that occur in
pollen-sensitive individuals caused by a variety of foods, especially
certain fruit, that are related to pollen, especially birch pollen. The
following is a partial list, and symptoms that they may cause:
ASSOCIATED WITH BIRCH POLLEN ALLERGY
- Apple family: apples, pears.
- Plum family: almonds, apricots,
nectarines, prunes and plums.
- Parsley family: carrots, celery,
fennel, parsley, and parsnip
Usually: Itching of palate,
throat, chin and/or lips and swelling of lips.
Occasionally: Gingivitis, Conjunctivitis, Rhinitis
Rarely: Gastro-intestinal symptoms, Urticaria and/or angioedema,
Asthma, and Anaphylactic shock
OTHER POLLEN-FOOD ASSOCIATIONS:
GRASS: Melon, tomato, orange.
RAGWEED: Banana, melon.
These symptoms occur when the foods are
eaten raw, rarely otherwise, and should be avoided, if symptoms persist.