Oral Allergy Syndrome is also known as OAS. It is a common food-related illness that occurs in adults. OAS causes certain foods to trigger an allergic response.
This is because the body confuses the proteins in the fruits, nuts, or vegetables with pollen molecules. Sometimes OAS is referred to as pollen-fruit allergy syndrome because of this confusion. Symptoms tend to be worse at the height of pollen season. Depending on what types of pollen trigger an allergic reaction is what kinds of fruits that would most likely cause a reaction in yourself.
Common Symptoms of Allergies
People with OAS do not usually have a severe allergic reaction when consuming a trigger food. Although it has been shown that anaphylaxis can occur in two percent of the population the reactions are generally limited to itching or tingling on your tongue or the roof of your mouth, a scratchy throat, swollen or numb lips, and /or sneezing and nasal congestion.
OAS symptoms are usually located in the mouth and nose rarely affecting other parts of the body. Some common trigger foods include bananas, oranges, peaches, cherries, apples, zucchinis, cucumbers, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, carrots, bell peppers, and fresh herbs, such as parsley or cilantro.
What We Can Do to Help Allergy shots, also known as allergen immunotherapy, can help substantially with oral allergy syndrome. They are shots that allow the body to stop fighting the allergens. It works by injecting a very small amount of the irritating material which makes the body produce antibodies to help fight the perceived invasion. Over time the amount increases and thereby allow your body to build up an immunity to the item you are allergic to.
This can be very effective and has transformed the lives of some people, allowing them to again enjoy foods they may have had to stop eating. If you suspect that you may suffer from OAS, please call our office today to schedule your consultation. We could find out for sure and get you on track to enjoying what you have been avoiding.
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