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If Raw Fruits Or Veggies Give You A Tingly Mouth, It’s A Real Syndrome

If you have ever noticed an itchy or tingly sensation in your mouth after biting into a raw apple, carrot, banana or any of the fruits and veggies listed here, read on.

People who are allergic to pollen are accustomed to runny eyes and sniffles this time of year. But some seasonal allergy sufferers have it worse: They can develop allergic reactions to common fruits and vegetables.

The allergic reactions — which are usually mild — can come on suddenly. And people can react to foods they had been eating with no problem for most of their lives.

The condition is called oral allergy syndrome. “I do think that this is one of the most underreported and underrecognized conditions, ” says Dr. Carah Santos, an allergist at National Jewish Health in Denver.

People who have OAS are allergic to plant pollens. Many fruits and vegetables contain proteins that are similar to these pollens. So the immune system can mistake the fruit and vegetable proteins for the plant pollens that caused the allergy.

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Reference:

Aubrey, A. May 22, 2017. NPR. If raw fruits or veggies give you a tingly mouth, it’s a real syndrome. Retrieved from: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/05/22/529151256/if-raw-fruits-or-veggies-give-you-a-tingly-mouth-it-s-a-real-syndrome?platform=hootsuite