Smart Woman: Pollen Allergy Prone Food

Published 04/17 2014 06:30PM

Updated 04/18 2014 11:55AM

You walk outside and can't escape the pollen, it's all around us this time of season, but just like the pollen, some seasonal fruits and veggies you eat could also be irritating your allergies.

It's the protien in some foods that are similar to those allergy causing proteins in some pollen which can cause your allergies to go into overdrive.

"So if you are allergic to that pollen protein, not everybody but a lot of people, when they eat the related fruit or vegetable they will have itchy mouth and throat" says Dr. Harper "and in some cases can cause throat swelling or anaphylaxis.

It's called pollen food snydrome or oral allergy snydrome. It can affect quite a few people that have seasonal allergies. Dr. Harper says if you're allergic to birch pollen, which is around in the spring, you will more than likely have a histamine response from apples, almonds, carrots, hazelnuts, kiwis, and pears.

The food connected with grass pollens in the late spring and summer are celery, organes, melons, peaches, and tomatoes.

Heating the fruits and vegetables can break down the protien, which helps avoid reaction.

Pollen food syndrome usually doesn't develop in early childhood, but in early teens. The best bet to relieve allergies over time is by receiving allergy injection shots.

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