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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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I am morbidly obese and I suffer from oral allergy syndrome. What diet will work for me?

I am morbidly obese and I suffer from oral allergy syndrome. What diet will work for me?

Fruits allergy?: Oral allergy syndrome mostly affects fresh fruits, sometimes few vegetables such as fresh carrots and celery. You can always have them cooked. You have a variety of healthy food options besides fresh fruits that can help you eat better and manage your weight. ...Read more

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I have oas (oral allergy syndrome) and I am also a pescetarian, I was wondering what kind of fruit I can eat?

Oral allergy: You can pre treat with an antihistamine before ingesting fruit or you can get allergy shots for tree pollen that with time tame your reactions to fruits, see an allergist for best advice. ...Read more

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How can I get rid off the oral allergy syndrome?

How can I get rid off the oral allergy syndrome?

Avoid offending food: Oral allergy syndrome due to allergic antibody (ige) to pollen which cross-reacts with heat labile proteins in raw fruits/vegetables e.g. Birch pollen ige cross-reacts with apple, peach, etc. Heating the fruit/vegetable destroys the cross-reacting proteins. Avoid the offending foods when raw; can be eaten cooked/canned. Sometimes allergy injections decrease pollen ige so can tolerate raw fruit. ...Read more

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What can I eat if I have oral allergy syndrome and fructose malabsorption?

What can I eat if I have oral allergy syndrome and fructose malabsorption?

Avoid fruit: But you can eat meat, fish, fowl, starches, grains, dairy, eggs, all cooked vegetables, some raw vegetables, oils, spices. You'll want to avoid most fruit. ...Read more

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How to know if I need a epipen (epinephrine) oral allergy syndrome?

How to know if I need a epipen (epinephrine) oral allergy syndrome?

Difficulty breathing: It is unusual to need epipen (epinephrine) for oral allergy syndrome. If you experience throat closing, difficulty breathing, wheezing or uncontrollable coughing then I would administer and call 911. ...Read more

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Does steaming fruits get rid of symptoms from oral allergy syndrome?

Does steaming fruits get rid of symptoms from oral allergy syndrome?

Unlikely: Rather boiling or cooking, proteins need to denatured (destroyed), to stop them from triggering the symptoms. Unlikely that steaming alone would be enough, best wishes ...Read more

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With oral allergy syndrome, does the fruit, vegetable or nut come up positive in skin testing?

With oral allergy syndrome, does the fruit, vegetable or nut come up positive in skin testing?

Yes: Severe fruit reactions can occur with the presence of IgE antibody to particular proteins, such as lipid transfer proteins or storage proteins, that may be more stable and/or to which sensitization may have occurred through the gastrointestinal route (food allergy). This is in contrast
to the milder OAS symptoms due to reactions to less stable allergens such as profilin. Skin reacts to pollen too. ...Read more

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Because I have oral allergy syndrome does that mean my immune system is weak and not working well?

Because I have oral allergy syndrome does that mean my immune system is weak and not working well?

Immune system is OK: People who have oral allergy syndrome are allergic to plant pollens. This means that their immune system is quite reactive and otherwise healthy. ...Read more

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My 16 year old daughter was recently diagnosed with oral allergy syndrome. Will a daily regimen of local honey help resolve her allergies?

My 16 year old daughter was recently diagnosed with oral allergy syndrome. Will a daily regimen of local honey help resolve her allergies?

No: Bees collect pollen, but not from the plants that cause typical allergy problems. Oral allergy is most often caused by cross-reactivity of some raw foods with pollens like ragweed, birch tree, mugwort (a weed), or grass. These pollens are unlikely to be in honey. ...Read more

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Can you take whey protein if you have oas (oral allergy syndrome)?

Can you take whey protein if you have oas (oral allergy syndrome)?

Maybe: As long as you aren't allergic to whey, you should be able to take whey protein. Mostly oas is believed to be due to fruits or residual tree pollens on the food you eat. ...Read more

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How do you treat someone who has oral allergy syndrome?

How do you treat someone who has oral allergy syndrome?

No treatment: Oral allergy syndrome is not treatable. The only option is to avoid the food that triggers the reaction, although cooking the food can eliminate the reaction. ...Read more

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Are potato chips safe for oral allergy syndrome?

Are potato chips safe for oral allergy syndrome?

Generally yes: The most common foods for oral allergy syndrome now known as pollen-food allergy syndrome is melons, banana, apple and other fresh fruits and some vegetables. Potato allergy is uncommon. Typically it is the "raw" fruit or vegetable that has the heat sensitive protein. Since potato chips are cooked they are usually very well tolerated. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a food allergy and "oral allergy syndrome"?

What's the difference between a food allergy and "oral allergy syndrome"?

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 more

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I have oral allergy syndrome, so what are some healthy alternatives for snacks?

I have oral allergy syndrome, so what are some healthy alternatives for snacks?

Cook the food: Oral allergy syndrome can be caused by a large variety of foods, so the answer to your question depends on the foods that bother you. Most foods that cause oral allergy syndrome are due to proteins that are destroyed by heat, so cooking the food may solve the problem. ...Read more

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I have oral allergy syndrome, so does that mean that I am allergic to nuts too?

No: It does not necessarily mean you are allergic to nuts--you should be tested by an allergist if you are concerned about possible tree nut allergy. ...Read more

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Can oral allergy syndrome cause voice hoarsenss?

Can oral allergy syndrome cause voice hoarsenss?

Oral allergy synd: Yes, but it's not common. Many patients with this problem do not require specific treatment, because the symptoms are mild. Sometimes if they want to eat the fruit, they pre-medicate themselves with antihistamines. If the reactions are really bothersome or dangerous, with throat closing and hoarseness, the food should be avoided as best possible, and epi pen carried. ...Read more

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I have oral allergy syndrome and can't eat nuts but used a body wash with walnut shell in it. Will I get symptoms?

I have oral allergy syndrome and can't eat nuts but used a body wash with walnut shell in it. Will I get symptoms?

Oral allergy syndrom: Oral allergy syndrome are local symptoms on contact with certain food due to cross reactivities of those to environmental allergens. It usually does not cause life threatening events like in real food allergies. You can test it on a small area on your skin before applying it to the whole body to gaze how much symptoms you get. ...Read more

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I have oral allergy syndrome. Is there any advice on how to eat healthier when I cannoy eat any fresh fruit and most veg? Thanks

Yes: No one is allergic to all vegetables and fruits and thus you should be able to find something you can eat. Oral allergy syndrome is mainly a nuisance and does not lead to throat swelling or anaphylaxis. You may try taking an antihistamine about 1-2 hrs prior to eating the offending fruit or veggi and see it this helps. If not, staying away from them would be only logical. ...Read more

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Fruit/coconut/cashew allergy do they comprise oral allergy syndrome?

Fruit/coconut/cashew allergy do they comprise oral allergy syndrome?

Reactions can be OAS: All these foods have been associated with the oral allergy syndrome, but reactions to coconuts and cashews can also be life-threatening allergies independent of pollen allergies. ...Read more

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How do you eat healthily if you have an oral allergy syndrome?

Depends on allergens: The food that causes oral allergy syndrome varies with individuals and what pollen they are allergic to. In most cases, cooking the vegetables or fruits will destroy the protein causing the reaction, and the food can be eaten that way. ...Read more

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What causes the development of oral allergy syndrome in people?

What causes the development of oral allergy syndrome in people?

Cross reaction: Oral allergy syndrome occurs in people with pollen allergies (sometimes dust mite allergies), when a protein in the food they eat cross reacts with a protein in the pollen to which they are allergic, resulting usually in mouth and throat itching, . ...Read more

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My daughter was diagnosed with oral allergy syndrome: are the symptoms year round and permanent?

Usually: Relatively common oral allergy syndrome (oas) occurs when the immune system mistakes one protein for another. In oas seasonal allergies to birch pollen result in itchy mouth & throat whenever certain raw fruits & vegetables are eaten. Most common are apple, carrot, citrus & peach. Ragweed & melon have a similar association. No symptoms occur if the foods are cooked. The condition is persistent. ...Read more

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Do over-the-counter allergy medicines work for oral allergy syndrome if you take a pill before eating?

No: The only thing that works for oas is allergy shots to reduce your sensitivity. I don't know exactly why that is, but I've never met a single patient who had found any medication that prevented oas symptoms. ...Read more

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Does pollen season make oral allergy syndrome worse despite taking antihistamines?

Does pollen season make oral allergy syndrome worse despite taking antihistamines?

Yes it can: That's why you need to know the triggers well, try to avoid them as much as you can, ask your doctor about keeping an Epipen (epinephrine) handy, just in case a severe reaction develops, see an allergist if you can for complete assessment. Check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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Oral allergy syndrome is what?

Oral allergy syndrome is what?

OAS: This is a disorder related to cross reactive proteins in the fresh or raw fruit of vegetables you eat. For example, fresh apple causes itch, tingle, and possible swelling in the mouth, but apple pie, apple sauce, apple crumble cause no symptoms. It is because you have seasonal pollen allergies. Think where the fruit or veggie grows and it can give you a clue to what pollens you are allergic to. ...Read more

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What is oral allergy syndrome?

What is oral allergy syndrome?

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

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What's an oral allergy syndrome?

What's an oral allergy syndrome?

Food allergy: Oral allergy syndrome is the clinical syndrome seen in patients with pollen allergy who get oral symptoms to some fresh fruits and vegetables. Typically it is a cross reactive allergen in the pollens and fruits. ...Read more

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Is oral allergy syndrome dangerous?

Is oral allergy syndrome dangerous?

Orl allergy syndrome: Usually, patients with oral allergy syndrome have itchy symptoms locally of the lips, tongue and sometimes the throat, and it is not dangerous. When the symptoms are more severe and cause hoarseness or real airway obstruction, we tend to call it anaphylaxis. Severity affects the description and the two conditions can overlap. Anaphylaxis is a broader term & includes many causes and sx patterns. ...Read more

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Fill me in on oral allergy syndrome?

Fill me in on oral allergy syndrome?

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

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What causes the development of an oral allergy syndrome?

What causes the development of an oral allergy syndrome?

OAS: This is a disorder related to cross reactive proteins in the fresh or raw fruit of vegetables you eat. For example, fresh apple causes itch, tingle, and possible swelling in the mouth, but apple pie, apple sauce, apple crumble cause no symptoms. It is because you have seasonal pollen allergies. Think where the fruit or veggie grows and it can give you a clue to what pollens you are allergic to. ...Read more

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I have oral allergy syndrome, is there a way to describe it?

I have oral allergy syndrome, is there a way to describe it?

OAS: This is a disorder related to cross reactive proteins in the fresh or raw fruit of vegetables you eat. For example, fresh apple causes itch, tingle, and possible swelling in the mouth, but apple pie, apple sauce, apple crumble cause no symptoms. It is because you have seasonal pollen allergies. Think where the fruit or veggie grows and it can give you a clue to what pollens you are allergic to. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have oral allergy syndrome or something due to my research. Why wouldn't my throat itch when my smoothie contains bananas?

How do I know if I have oral allergy syndrome or something due to my research. Why wouldn't my throat itch when my smoothie contains bananas?

Unlikely: You pfobably do not have an allergy to bananas. The throat does not have to itch even if you have food allergies. You may get a rash or other symptom. If you have been diagnosed with food allergies speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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Does cholinergic urticaria increase risk of anaphylaxis from oral allergy syndrome and exercise (with and without ingesting OAS causing fruits)?

Does cholinergic urticaria increase risk of anaphylaxis from oral allergy syndrome and exercise (with and without ingesting OAS causing fruits)?

Different mechanisms: Cholinergic urticaria is different from oral allergy syndrome or exercise induced anaphylaxis. At any rate, if anybody has any of these conditions, using antihistamines and keeping an Epipen (epinephrine) handy is a wise thing to do. Have an evaluation by an allergist for better control, best wishes ...Read more

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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Diet (Definition)

Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more