Colorado Springs Pollen Report For June 26, 2018
Pine, Juniper family/Cedar, Linden
Allergy Tip of the Day: Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS)/Pollen-Fruit Syndrome (PFS)
Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS)/Pollen-Fruit Syndrome (PFS)
The proteins found in some fruits and vegetables are very similar to those found in particular pollen. These proteins can confuse the immune system in people with food or outdoor allergies. The result is called oral allergy syndrome (OAS) also known as pollen fruit syndrome (PFS).
People with allergies to grasses may have a reaction to peaches, celery, tomatoes, melons (cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew) and oranges.
The most frequent reaction involves itchiness or swelling of the mouth, face, lip, tongue and throat. Symptoms usually appear immediately after eating raw fruits or vegetables, although the reaction can occur more than an hour later.
Rarely, OAS can cause severe throat swelling or anaphylaxis in a person who is highly allergic.
Provided by: Asthma & Allergy Associates, P.C. and Research Center, Dr. Robert Nathan, Dr. Daniel Soteres, Dr. Luke Webb