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Pollen allergy: Oas occurs in highly allergic people whose allergic antibodies to pollen cross-react with certain raw fruits and vegetables. The most common symptoms are itching in the mouth when birch-allergic people eat apples, or ragweed-allergic people eat cantaloupe. Cooking the fruits and vegetables is effective, but medications don't prevent the symptoms - the only treatment for that is allergy shots. ...Read more
Essentially allergies occur when your immune system goes crazy and decides to has to fight against things it should be ignoring. The immune system of people without allergies simply ignores the pollen in the air or the dander on their cat while an allergic person's immune system creates cells to fight against the pollen or dander. The allergic reaction causes the ...Read more
Fresh food allergy: Oral allergy syndrome is due to allergy to allergens in fresh fruit and vegetables. In most cases skin testing will be positive only when testing with fresh food, not with cooked foods or medical extracts. Symptoms are usually limited to itchy mouth and throat, rarely progressing to more severe reactions. Some reactions are due to crossreactivity between pollen such as ragweed and cantaloupe. ...Read more
Cause of Oral allerg: Oas is seen when people with high level of ragweed pollen allergy feel itchy mouth and throat when they eat melons, (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew and rarely cucumbers). Also, birch pollen allergy triggers this when eating peach family fruits ( cherries, apricots, nectarines, etc...), apples and pears. Diagnosis is made by positive tests to the pollen and history. Pollen immunotherapy may help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can ragweed allergy cross-react with spaghetti squash? Could this be the reason I seem to have more food allergies diagnosed in the Fall?
Not aware: Although ragweed can cross react with melon/cantaloupe and perhaps even banana, I am not aware of any association with spaghetti squash. Whether you have a true food allergy or not should not change with season although the symptoms may be more severe with higher exposure to allergens of any kind. ...Read more
19mo old has rash on face around mouth after eating cottage chz & cantaloupe. She's eaten these foods before but not usually this messy. Any concerns?
Could be allergic: Allergy typically requires a-repeat-exposure to have the reaction. Since the child is getting the rash, it is seemingly just localized, at least for now, from the use of the above--cannot tell which one. Or, it is simply from rubbing/cleaning the mouth too much can cause irritation. Can try one at a time, don't clean too hard, and see which one causes the rash.. Check with your doc.. Good luck.. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
2 of my 4 kids allergic soy, wheat, rice, corn, peanut, hazelnut, almond, coconut, tomato, lima bean, garlic, onion, fish, shellfish, cantaloupe! help?
Can you be allergic to bananas, cantaloupe, tomatoes, avocados and bell peppers? My mouth, lips and throat get itchy. Sometimes red too. No resp sx
Nasal sprays not OTC: For seasonal allergies, the most effective options are the steroid or antihistamine nasal sprays, available by prescription. Not only do they work the best, but they are technically local therapy as negligible amounts enter the bloodstream. The OTC nasal sprays can cause rebound symptoms, which the prescription versions do not. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Genes + environment: Noses run in families - if both parents have allergies the chance that their child will be allergic is 80%. If neither parent is allergic the child's risk is10%. Exposure to urban pollutants like diesel exhaust, cigarette smoke, & antibacterial hand cleansers upset the ecological balance between our immune system & beneficial microorganisms. With both factors present allergy is more likely. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Get tested: Consider seeing a trained allergist for evaluation. Skin testing takes a half hour & can reveal to what you're allergic. It might be the pollens of plants, mold spores, dust mites, or animal dander. Your allergist can help you decide which are relevant & devise a strategy that may include avoiding those allergens, taking medication or receiving allergy injections. Knowiedge is half the battle. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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