Could You Be Suffering from Oral Allergy Syndrome?

Have you ever felt as if your throat were raw or sore after eating? If so, there’s a possibility that you might have a condition known as oral allergy syndrome. If you suspect that you have any of the symptoms of an allergy, it’s important to consult a board certified allergist. Here is what you need to know about oral allergy syndrome—and how you can tell if you might have it.

What is oral allergy syndrome?
Oral allergy syndrome is a condition characterized by an immune reaction to the proteins in certain foods, or in pollen. It is most frequently found in older children, teenagers, and younger adults. People who already have allergic reactions to pollen are more likely to be diagnosed with oral allergy syndrome.

What foods can trigger oral allergy syndrome?
The types of foods that can cause allergic reactions differ depending on what type of pollen a person is allergic to. Individuals who have a ragweed allergy may also be allergic to bananas, zucchini, and sunflower seeds, while people with an allergy to grass may react badly to peaches, melons, or tomatoes. Finally, those who are allergic to birch pollen may have allergic reactions to foods such as celery, carrots, and almonds.

How is oral allergy syndrome treated?
For many people, the best option is to avoid trigger foods as much as possible. In many cases, cooking the foods will stop them from acting as allergens, as the heat affects the proteins. The physicians of Allergy & Asthma Specialists can evaluate and test you for oral allergy syndrome and advise you as to how you can best treat the condition.

If you believe that you may have undiagnosed allergies that are affecting your life, Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM can help. Offices are located in Center City Philadelphia, Doylestown, Lansdale, King of Prussia, Blue Bell, Jenkintown, Collegeville, and Pottstown. Schedule an appointment online at our website or call 800-86COUGH, extension 2.

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