Oral Food Allergy Syndrome

  • oral allergy syndrome is also known as pollen-food syndrome
  • for something that is little known and often thought of as uncommon, I have encountered this fairly often
  • in the case of the people that I have encountered with oral allergy syndrome, they have had the symptoms for years without the problem being diagnosed
  • the incidence of oral allergy syndrome is increasing
  • symptoms are often mild, but can progress to systemic symptoms and full anaphylactic reactions
  • not all people with oral allergy syndrome have known pollen allergies
  • some people have reactions even when the food is cooked
  • if you have oral allergy syndrome and pollen allergies, getting allergy desensitization shots, by lessening the pollen allergy, may be very helpful in lessening the food-provoked symptoms

 

 

Resources

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology – page on oral allergy syndrome     LINK

UpToDate page on oral allergy syndrome  LINK

 

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