About cross-allergy between pollen and food

Diagnosed pollen allergy sufferers, especially during the allergy season, experience mouth itching, swelling, tearing, runny nose, less often hoarseness, coughing or choking within minutes after eating certain fruits and plants. You can read the summary of cross allergy written by Dr. Ilona Kovács, pediatric pulmonologist and allergist at the Duna Medical Center.
About cross-allergy between pollen and food

The above symptoms are caused by pollens and similar particles between the structure of food. Below is a list of the foods that cause cross-allergies in a given pollen season:

  • In case of birch pollen allergy:
    • Common : apples, cherries, carrots, pears, celery, tomatoes
    • Rare: peach, kiwi, avocado, banana, hazelnut, walnut, almond, chestnut
  • In case of grass pollen allergy:
    • Common : tomato, rye, wheat, soy, orange, kiwi
    • Rare: celery, onion, asparagus
  • In case of ragweed pollen allergy:
    • Common : watermelon, cantaloupe, tomato
    • Rare : apple, banana, zucchini, tomato, cucumber, celery, sunflower, carrot, pepper
  • In case of black wormwood pollen allergy:
    • Common : carrot, anise, celery
    • Rare : cumin, pepper, paprika, tomato, parsley, coriander, dill, chamomile, kiwi, anise, melon, cucumber, mango, onion

The primary way to prevent cross-allergy is for the patient to avoid eating foods that cause symptoms during the allergy season.

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