Global increase of Oral Allergy Syndrome

Oral Allergy Syndrome or Pollen Food Syndrome is on the rise around the world.

According to the ACAAI (American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology) the syndrome is caused by cross-reacting allergens found in both pollen and raw fruits, vegetables or some nuts.

The immune system recognizes the pollen and similar proteins in the food and directs an allergic response to it. Doctors say about a third of all pollen allergy patients may be affected. Symptoms may include an itchy throat or tongue and watery eyes, but no reaction is experienced in the nasal area.

Oral allergy syndrome triggers may include the following:

Birch pollen: apple, almond, carrot, celery, cherry, hazelnut, kiwi, peach, pear, plum

Grass pollen: celery, melons, oranges, peaches, tomato

Ragweed pollen: banana, cucumber, melons, sunflower seeds, zucchini

For further information please see your health-care professional for medical advice and treatment.

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