In most cases, fruit and berry allergies are mild and typically limited to places where fruit comes into contact with the skin, lips, or mouth. Even so, allergic reactions to fruits and berries can still cause itching, discomfort, pain, and even blisters.
The cause of many fruit-related allergies is similar to that of pollen-based allergies. Individuals who are allergic to a particular type of pollen may also be allergic to fruits containing the same (or similar) proteins.
|Pollen Type||Potential Fruit, Vegetable, and Berry Allergies|
|Alder pollen||Apples, celery, cherries, parsley, pears, peaches|
|Birch pollen||Apples, carrots, celery, cherries, kiwis, peaches, pears, plums|
|Grass pollen||Celery, melons, oranges, peaches, tomatoes|
|Mugwort pollen||Carrots, celery, coriander, fennel, parsley, peppers|
|Ragweed pollen||Bananas, cucumbers, melons, zucchini|
|Spring tree pollen||Apple, apricot, carrot, celery, cherry, kiwi, nectarine, peach, pear, plum, prune|
Following these guidelines can help with preventing an allergic reaction to fruits and berries.
- 1 The most common fruit allergies are apples, kiwi fruit, and peaches.
- 2 Heating or (to a lesser extent) freezing fruits often destroys the pollens that cause allergic response.
- 3 Some fruit allergies can signify allergies to other substances, such as latex.
- Understand how fruit, vegetable, berry, and pollen allergies interact.
- Inspect ingredient lists to ensure no allergens appear on the label.
- Avoid cross-contact when preparing foods for individuals who are allergic.