Can foods trigger seasonal allergies?

Clifford W. Bassett, MD
Allergy & Immunology
It is estimated that up to one half of those who suffer with seasonal allergies to pesky tree, grass and weed pollens each year may succumb to "oral allergy syndrome". That's right! Due to a "cross-reaction" between proteins in fresh fruit, some vegetables, nuts (including hazelnut and almond which may be found in coffee beverages) and even spices, the immune system believes it may be under attack.

The verdict may be "oral allergy symptoms" such as tingling, itchiness of the lips, tongue, mouth and even throat after the ingestion of a various foods that trigger localized, largely mild, oral symptoms.

The good news is that in many cases, when possible, simply peeling or cooking the fresh fruits can "knock out" the proteins responsible for these common and annoying symptoms that may also aggravate seasonal allergy symptoms. In many allergy sufferers this condition is chiefly manifested during the pollen season.

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