Oral allergy syndrome – that explains it !

While it’s no surprise that someone you know has Food Allergies , the question is the severity ? Children have been diagnosed with food allergies for decades now – some so severe that eating one bit can kill them. Others get itchy throats, hives and/or vomit and we have been trained by doctors to carry our epinephrine just in case..the reactions  getting more severe each time.

Yet, it’s not a new bit of information that humans have been eating things for years and having moments where they are thinking ” this just isn’t right, I’m not going to each these peaches, (for example) if they make my mouth feel weird and itchy.”So, we have gone on with our days uncomfortable and just learned to say “no thanks” when the offending food is offered to us.

My husband who has had food allergies as a child; (I saw his allergist report from 1969), just goes about his day with whatever discomfort he feels.  I remember the day on one of our first dates when he said ” No, thanks I try not to eat pineapple it makes my tongue itch – unless it’s covered in chocolate”. That was the first time anyone every described a food sensitivity and I was right there along for the ride with ” Me too – but I don’t even want the chocolate on it !” It wasn’t till after I got engaged I came out with the Balsamic Vinegar dressing issue ; which happens to be due to the mold in the vinegar and my intense mold allergy**.  Thank goodness for chewing gum and little mints which seemed to be a somewhat useful remedy.

Now 15 years later, 11 years after hours of research, surfing the web and getting a food allergy training “certification”; the world is crying out ” I have Oral Allergy Syndrome”- it actually is real and there are pages of  information on the internet.  So maybe I am not severely allergic to walnuts, but I am NOT  going to eat them due to the fact that I can’t feel my mouth for 30 min afterward.

Below is a link to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, please click on it to learn more about OAS(Oral Allergy Syndrome).  Also, please continue to carry your epinephrine if prescribed and see an allergist if you feel you have any of these issues.  While there is no doubt that the world’s food supply has been altered throughout the years it doesn’t mean that Cleopatra and George Washington didn’t get itchy mouths occasionally – they just didn’t want to complain about it !

**http://www.acaai.org/allergist/allergies/Types/food-allergies/types/Pages/oral-allergy-syndrome.aspx

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