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Do Certain Fresh Fruits or Vegetables cause your mouth to tingle?

If so, you may have something known as Oral Allergy Syndrome or Pollen-Fruit Syndrome. This is due to cross reactivity of certain pollens with fruits or vegetables. The most common association is birch pollen to the family of pitted fruit (apples, peaches, pears, cherries, plums, etc). Typically, people can eat these same foods when they are well cooked e.g in baked pies. People should be careful, as anaphylaxis has been reported with this condition.

Below are some additional links about Oral Allergy Syndrome:

Oral Allergy Syndrome – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Oral Allergy Syndrome – ACAAI
Oral Allergy Syndrome – NIH


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