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what are the symptoms of fresh food allergies?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Oral allergy syndrom: Hope i'm answering your question. Oral allergy syndrome occurs in some persons allergic to birch tree &/or ragweed pollen. When eating certain raw fruits & vegetables - apple, carrot, citrus, melon, others - they feel mouth itching & throat tickling without hives, swelling, or more serious symptoms. Eating the same foods cooked? No symptoms. Your allergist can help you sort this problem.
Dr. Luis Matos
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 45 years experience
Fresh melons too: Oral allergy syndrome (temporary itchy throat and mouth) can happen to people highly allergic to ragweed pollen when they eat watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew melons. Some will even feel this after eating raw cucumber, squash and zucchini.

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Why is my 2 year old daughters stool always a shade of green? I rarely give her juice or food coloring so it cannot be the dye...

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