Oral Allergy Syndrome
Posted by Craig on Monday, March 27, 2006
CNN recently aired a piece about oral allergy syndrome. Many people with hay fever (allergic rhinitis) develop itching around the mouth after eating certain fresh fruits and vegetables. This allergic reaction is known as oral allergy syndrome. It’s caused by cross-reactivity between proteins in fresh fruits and vegetables and those in certain pollens. For example, if you’re allergic to ragweed, you may also react to melon. Oral allergy syndrome is normally mild; however, if you develop itching or hives all over your body after eating fruit, then you may have a more serious problem and should discuss it with your doctor.

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On 2/12/2011 CarryAnn wrote:
If the truffle originates under an oak, pecan or hazelnut tree, as many do, a cross reaction with a NUT ALLERGY is possible. It's happened to me, and although not as serious as the nut allergy, I would not characterize it as mild. I avoid all truffles.
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