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Is it possible to be allergic to potatoes and french fries?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 30 years experience
Possible: The most common food allergies are egg, milk, wheat, soy, peanuts, trre nuts, shellfish and fish. Potato allergy would be unusual but anything is possible.
Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 50 years experience
Yes: Potato allergy exists but is rare. More people have oral allergy syndrome/food pollen allergy syndrome, most often with birch pollen allergy in the spring. The allergic antiboies (ige) to birch pollen protein cross-react with similar proteins in various fruits (apple, etc.) and vegetables (carrot, tomato, potato, etc.) causing itchy lips/mouth/throat, mild swelling. See an allergist for testing.
Last updated Jan 12, 2018

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