Can you be allergic to raw apples but not cooked?

Can you be allergic to raw fruit but not cooked?

Most sufferers of pollen food syndrome experience allergy symptoms if they eat the raw fruit, but are able to eat the same food if cooked without any problem. Some medical professionals refer to pollen food syndrome as oral allergy syndrome, although strictly speaking the two are not the same.

How do you know if you’re allergic to apples?

Most apple allergic patients notice itching of mouth and throat, and itching, redness and swelling of the lips, within the 5-15 minutes after eating the fruit, or even while chewing and swallowing it. These symptoms disappear 15 to 60 minutes later. This is known as the “oral allergy syndrome”.

Can you be allergic to raw fruit?

Allergic reactions to fruit are commonly associated with oral allergy syndrome (OAS). It’s also known as pollen-food allergy. OAS occurs from cross-reactivity. The immune system recognizes the similarity between pollen (a common allergen) and the proteins in raw fruits, vegetables, and tree nuts.

Why am I all of a sudden allergic to apples?

OAS occurs when your immune system mistakes the food you’re eating for the pollen to which you are allergic. Say you’re allergic to birch pollen and eat an apple. Your body might detect trace amounts of pollen left on that apple and start producing antibodies.

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Why does eating apples make my stomach hurt?

Although apples have been a well-established symbol of good health, they are high in fructose, a carbohydrate that can upset the stomach. If following a low FODMAP diet, avoid apples.

Do you need an epipen for oral allergy syndrome?

Most children with OAS do not need an Epipen. The allergy team will have assessed the need for an Epipen in the allergy clinic and they will tell you if your child needs to carry one. OAS is likely to be life long and some children will become allergic to other fruit and vegetables.

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