Fruits, nuts and vegetables are considered one of the healthiest foods for people of all ages. But some people are especially allergic Fruits, nuts and even vegetables, Why is this?
Oral Allergies The syndrome is a common condition in which an adverse reaction occurs minutes after fruit consumption in patients with pollen-induced SAR or seasonal allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, noted a 2019 study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
It can cause itching in the mouth and throat of people with allergies, or they may also experience symptoms such as a scratchy throat, or swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, and throat. “It occurs in 50 to 75 percent of adults who are allergic to birch tree pollen,” states research from the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology. This reaction occurs “because the proteins found in some fruits and vegetables are similar to those found in pollen (a fine powdery substance, usually yellow, that is essential for sexual reproduction of flowering plants and cone-producing plants). are essential, according to the University of Western Australia.) These proteins can be confusing. immune system and cause an allergic reaction or make existing symptoms worse, called cross-reactivity. In the case of pollen and foods, the result of cross-reactivity is called oral allergy syndrome (OAS), also known as pollen fruit allergy syndrome (PFAS),” it added.
According to Dr Praveen Khilnani of Madhukar Rainbow Hospital, DelhiIn case of ‘cross reactivity’ one should suspect a pollen allergy, especially if symptoms appear after consumption of the raw fruit. According to the expert, AppleAlmonds, hazel nuts, kiwis, peaches, celery, or cucumbers can all trigger allergies, but it’s usually best to know when to “fruit.” Itching“. “Skin testing can confirm this. If it is indeed a pollen allergy, it can cause breathing problems along with runny nose due to allergic rhinitis,” Dr. Khilnani said.
Although not all people with pollen allergies experience PFAS when they eat the following foods, they are most commonly associated with these allergies, according to the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).
Birch pollen: apple, almond, carrot, celery, cherry, hazelnut, kiwi, peach, pear, plum
Grass Pollen: Celery, Melons, Oranges, Peaches, Tomatoes
Ragweed Pollen: Bananas, Cucumbers, Melons, Sunflower Seeds, Zucchini
So what can be done?
According to the ACAAI, people affected by PFAS “can usually eat the same fruits or vegetables in cooked form because the proteins are denatured during the heating process, and the immune system no longer recognizes the food”.
The ACAAI further stated that if a food cannot be eaten in a cooked form, such as melons, one should “abstain from eating those foods” if they become unbearable. Symptoms, If you experience significant throat discomfort or difficulty swallowing, or have systemic symptoms, reactions to cooked forms of foods, or high-risk foods such as peanuts or tree nuts, your allergy may be an epinephrine autoantigen. -Injector can write, it added.
Treat allergies before this special season begins and stop using any of your windows or dust or things that can aggravate these forms. AllergiesAdded Neha Rastogi Panda, Senior Consultant-Infectious Diseases, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon.