g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

Natural Living
Folklore and Mythology
Distance Learning

All times in EST

Full Schedule
g Asthma Site

BellaOnline's Asthma Editor


Asthma and Oral Allergy Syndrome

Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS) is a common problem for people who have asthma and hay fever. Spring and summer are the hardest times of the year for patients who suffer from OAS. There are some measures you can take to keep OAS and asthma managed, so that you and your family can enjoy a healthy and fun spring and summer season.

OAS and Food/Pollen Allergies
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), one in five people who have grass allergies, and about 70 percent of people who are allergic to birch trees, suffer from oral allergy syndrome, also known as cross-reactivity allergies. OAS is a type of food allergy that takes place when a person experiences tingling and itching of the mouth and lips, eczema, and may even experience a worsening of their asthma after eating certain (usually fresh) fruits and vegetables. A few allergy and asthma patients may also experience anaphylactic (life-threatening) symptoms.

Oral allergy syndrome, or cross-reactivity, is caused by related proteins found in grass, birch trees and certain foods. The most common foods that cause cross-reactivity are:

Birch pollen: almonds, apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, carrots, celery, cherries, chicory, coriander, fennel, fig, hazel nuts, kiwifruits, nectarines, parsley, parsnips, peaches, pears, peppers, plums, potatoes, prunes, soy, strawberries and wheat; and may include walnuts

Alder pollen: almonds, apples, celery, hazel nuts, peaches, pears, parsley, strawberry and raspberry

Grass pollen: melons, tomatoes, oranges

Ragweed: banana, cantaloupe, cucumber, green pepper, parprika, sunflower seeds/oil, honeydew, watermelon, zucchini, Echinacea, artichoke, dandelions, honey, hibiscus or chamomile tea

Diagnosis of Oral Allergy Syndrome
Diagnosis of OAS typically involves keeping a food journal; recording food eaten during the day, the time and place the food was eaten, and any allergy or asthma reactions that may have taken place at that time. In addition, doctors may use the elimination diet. The elimination diet involves removing all foods that may be causing allergy and asthma symptoms, and then after a time, adding each food back into the patientís diet one at a time. This diagnostic method helps you and your doctor to determine exactly which food is causing you trouble. Your doctor may also order allergy testing with the skin prick method, though these tests are usually not accurate for diagnosing food allergies.

Managing Oral Allergy Syndrome
Managing oral allergy syndrome usually involves avoidance of all foods that cause you to have allergy and asthma symptoms. However, peeled, cooked or canned fruits and vegetables may be enough to help you avoid allergic reactions. In addition, your doctor may prescribe antihistamines to help control your allergies, and may prescribe asthma medication to manage your asthma symptoms. If you have experienced an anaphylactic reaction to certain fruits and vegetables, your doctor may also prescribe an epi-pen to be kept with you at all times.

Oral allergy syndrome doesnít have to spoil your spring and summer plans. You and your family can enjoy a healthy and happy spring and summer by following your doctorís advice and take prescribed asthma and allergy medicines according to your doctorís instruction. Then youíll be able to enjoy all of your spring and summer activities.

Please check out my new book Asthma's Nothing to Wheeze At!

Now also available on Amazon Asthma's Nothing to Wheeze At!
Add Asthma+and+Oral+Allergy+Syndrome to Twitter Add Asthma+and+Oral+Allergy+Syndrome to Facebook Add Asthma+and+Oral+Allergy+Syndrome to MySpace Add Asthma+and+Oral+Allergy+Syndrome to Digg Asthma+and+Oral+Allergy+Syndrome Add Asthma+and+Oral+Allergy+Syndrome to Yahoo My Web Add Asthma+and+Oral+Allergy+Syndrome to Google Bookmarks Add Asthma+and+Oral+Allergy+Syndrome to Stumbleupon Add Asthma+and+Oral+Allergy+Syndrome to Reddit


Spring Allergies Sneezing and Wheezing
Understanding Asthma Signs and Symptoms
AAFA Asthma Capitals for 2011
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Asthma Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2018 by Sherry Vacik. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Sherry Vacik. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Sherry Vacik for details.


g features
Asthma and Mold in Flood Damaged Homes

Asthma Associated with Development of IBD

Asthma Shop

Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Note: BellaOnline uses cookies to help provide a consistent user experience. Our advertisers may use cookies to help customize ads. Please contact us with any question about our cookie use.

Summertime Foods
Corn on the Cob
Burgers on the Grill
Apple Pie


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2018 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor