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ORAL ALLERGY SYNDROME
Dr. Michel Drouin, Allergy Sept. 1990 

Oral allergy 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:

FOOD SENSITIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH BIRCH POLLEN ALLERGY

FRUITS:

  • Apple family: apples, pears.
  • Plum family: almonds, apricots, cherries, peaches, 
    nectarines, prunes and plums.
  • Kiwis.

 VEGETABLES:

  • Parsley family: carrots, celery, fennel, parsley, and parsnip
  • potato

NUTS:

  • Hazelnut, walnut.

CLINICAL MANIFESTATIONS:

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.

 
     
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