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Oral Allergy Syndrome: Food Chart, Symptoms, and Treatment
Dr. Reena Mehta is a board-certified allergist that can help you get to the bottom of your oral allergy reactions and help you determine if you have oral allergy syndrome in New Orleans, LA.
“Dr. Mehta has a great bedside manner and is great with our daughter. She helped us navigate the most up to date treatment options for food allergies in our 9 month old and dedicated one on one attention to us that went above and beyond the norm. She is professional and kind and has a genuine care for her patients. Highly recommend!“
– Parker Valergo, 2019
Oral Allergy Syndrome Chart
|Birch tree||Soybeans, peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts||Carrot, celery, parsley||Caraway, fennel, coriander, aniseed||Apples, peaches, apricots, cherries, plums, pears|
|Ragweed||Zucchini, cucumber||Cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, kiwi, bananas|
|Mugwort weed||Celery, carrot, bell pepper, black pepper, garlic, onion||Paprika, caraway, fennel, coriander, aniseed||Grapes, mangoes|
|Grass||Peanuts||Swiss chard||Melons, tomatoes, oranges|
Foods that cause PFS can also cause food allergy. However, oral allergy syndrome is not the same as an isolated food allergy. For instance, some people experience localized mouth, tongue, or throat irritation when eating pineapple. However, this does not mean they have OAS. By definition, patients with PFS must also demonstrate sensitivity to pollen when they react to certain problematic foods.
Eggs, seafood, and cow’s milk are non-plant foods. They do not cause PFS.
Symptoms of OAS can vary in severity depending on current pollen conditions and other factors. They are most severe during pollen season and for a few months after. Eating a very large amount of the problematic food, exercising intensely after eating, and drinking alcohol can cause more severe symptoms. Illness and certain medications can also worsen symptoms.
- Itchiness of the mouth and throat
- Tingling of the lips, mouth, or throat
- Slight swelling and bumps on the mouth or lips
- Itching, redness, or slight swelling of the hands if they are used to handle or peel raw fruits or vegetables
- Nausea or stomach upset
- Throat tightness, chest tightness, or difficulty breathing
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Avoiding dehydrated forms of problematic foods is also important because dried foods are not usually cooked. Therefore, they can still cause OAS symptoms.
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However, H1 antihistamines like Claritin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl can help reduce symptoms of OAS once they do occur.
Some patients can experience severe symptoms with OAS that do not resolve quickly. In these cases, it is best to carry an epinephrine autoinjector, or Epi-Pen, for injecting epinephrine when a severe allergic reaction like anaphylaxis occurs.
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