Symptoms of Oral Allergy SyndromeInstead of hives, these children immediately develop itching and swelling of their lips, tongue, throat, and palate, after eating certain fresh fruits and vegetables, including:
Other children who are allergic to birch pollen develop a similar reaction after eating raw potatoes, carrots, celery, apples, or hazelnuts. If your child is allergic to grass, then he might have a cross reaction after eating a tomato or kiwi.
When a child is allergic to both a pollen and an associated food, instead of oral allergy syndrome, it might be more appropriate to describe the child as having pollen-food allergy syndrome.
Treatment of Oral Allergy SyndromeIf your child has oral allergy syndrome, some things you can do include:
- avoid the foods that trigger your child's reaction
- ask your pediatrician about allergy medicines to help prevent symptoms
- cook foods that might cause a reaction, as this seems to prevent these types of allergy symptoms from being triggered, but isn't really practical for most fruits
- consider allergy testing to see what your child is really allergic to
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