How to Deal with Fruit Allergy


How to Deal with Fruit AllergyI have a friend. I consider her as a unique person. She once said to me that she never ate fruits. When I asked the reason why, she replied that her mouth went itchy after eating the fruits. She also added that the doctor diagnosed that she suffered was fruit allergy.

Fruit allergy is commonly defined as the reaction which occurs after eating fruit. This condition is uncommon in the society. In the reality, only 3% of adults suffer fruit allergy. Therefore, some people are not familiar with the situation. But for the patients, fruit allergy is dreadful.

How to Deal with Fruit Allergy: The symptoms

The symptoms of fruit allergy are various. However, the most common characteristic of fruit allergy is oral allergy syndrome (OAS). OAS usually affects the mouth. People who suffer it feel itchy and burned on the lips and mouth. Sometimes it leaves a rash around them. In some cases, the rashes might appear on the other parts of the body. Swelling on the throat is also one symptom of fruit allergy. Throat swelling is considered harmful when it blocks the breathing passage. How to Deal with Fruit Allergy.

Besides affecting the mouth, fruit allergy also includes stomachache. People might react to allergic fruits in the forms of abdominal pain and diarrhea. However, these kinds of reaction are less common. Other reactions such as watery eyes and runny nose also rarely occur.

How to Deal with Fruit Allergy: What causes?

According to Dr. Pierre Dugue, a consultant allergist at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital, people have allergic reaction to fruit because they are allergic to silver-birch pollen. Silver-birch pollen itself is the factor which causes hay fever. People who are sensitive to it are possible to develop allergic reaction to fruit from the rose family such as apple and plum.

How to Deal with Fruit Allergy. Another factor that causes fruit allergy is profilins. Profilins are proteins that affect cell shape and function. Profilins can be found in many fruits and vegetables. Profilins are a type of plant protein is believed to cause allergic response. It is estimated that around 1/3 of fruit allergies are caused by allergy to profilins.

Allergic reaction to fruit is also due to the fruit pollen. Antony Ham Pong, a consultant in allergy and asthma at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa states that people who are allergic to fruit pollen usually get skin hives and rashes. He also says that this allergy is not that dangerous since it does not results in fatal reactions.

To check whether you have fruit allergy or not, you can do such simple step. You can use a little juice from the fruit or the fruit skin. When you get rash within minutes after the contact with the fruits, you might have fruit allergy. If you want to get more accurate diagnosis, you can have skin prick test. In this test, the doctor will highly observe the reaction after the contact with the allergen.

What kinds of fruit which can cause allergic reactions?

How to Deal with Fruit Allergy. Since the major causes of fruit allergy are various, people who have it also react differently to the fruits. The response depends on the sensitivity. People who are sensitive to silver-birch pollen are allergic to apples, pears, peaches, plums, apricots, cherries, and kiwis. The same allergic reaction of silver-birch pollen also occurs when they eat zucchini or cucumber. Besides birch pollen, fruit pollen also triggers allergic reaction after the contact. People who are highly sensitive to fruit pollen show allergic response to peach and watermelon.

Profilins is believed to be the most common source of fruit or vegetable allergy. Profilin allergies appear after people who are allergic to it have a contact with melon, watermelon, citrus fruits, tomato, and banana. Other fruits also might cause allergic. Even though they are not included in the categories, fruits like mangoes, papayas, and pineapples are also considered allergic.

How to deal with fruit allergy

It is not really necessary to have medical treatment for fruit allergy. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in 2006 reported that fruit allergy occurs because of the lack absorption of vitamin C. As we all know that vitamin C is anti-inflammation substance. It best helps to reduce hives and rashes after the contact with allergic fruits. According to Claudia Louch, a phytotherapist at the Hale Clinic, people can increase vitamin C supply by consuming rich source of vitamin C, such as cabbages, berries, and ginkgo biloba.

How to Deal with Fruit Allergy. If the allergic reaction is not so significant, Ham Pong suggests cutting the fruit and letting it sit. This method increases oxidation process which reduces digestive enzymes and breaks down the profilin in the fruit. It is effective to reduce allergic reaction to the fruit as long as the allergic substance lies in the peel. Besides cutting the fruit, people can also simply peel the fruit before eating.

Allergic substance in the fruit can also be reduced by cooking it. Canned, heated, and processed fruits will have lesser allergic effect compared to the fresh ones. The lesser allergic effect can also be found in unripe fruits. If you think that you are allergic to certain fruit, you can enjoy the processed products or the unripe ones.

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