Pecan allergy treatment.

As one of the most popular types of tree nuts, pecans are a common cause of allergic reactions in adults and children. Delivering an effective tree nut allergy treatment is a priority for allergists due to the potential threat of anaphylaxis. But did you know that pecan trees themselves may also trigger allergic reactions in many Atlanta patients? Let’s examine if there is a link between eating pecans and the pollen from pecan trees.

Understanding Pecan Tree Allergies

A pecan tree allergy falls under the broader category of pollen allergies and hay fever. When the pecan tree pollinates, individuals that are sensitive to its pollen may experience allergic rhinitis. An allergy to pecan tree pollen typically occurs during the tree’s pollination season (between April and June). Symptoms include itchy eyes, sneezing and a runny nose.

What Is a Pecan Nut Allergy?

In contrast to an allergy to pecan trees, a pecan nut allergy is a form of food allergy. The immune system reacts to pecans shortly after ingestion, leading to allergy symptoms like nasal congestion, stomach pains, itching and breathing issues. Nut allergy symptoms are potentially more severe than those associated with pecan trees, and could lead to anaphylaxis in some cases. As one of the most common nut allergies, people living with pecan allergies should be wary of cereal, baked goods and pastries, chocolate and other popular snacks.

Are Pecan Tree and Pecan Nut Allergies Related?

Although the two allergies stem from different triggers and generally exist independently, oral allergy syndrome (OAS) can confuse the matter. OAS (or pollen-food syndrome) refers to mild allergic reactions that primarily affect the mouth and throat. Because the proteins of certain fruits, vegetables and nuts resemble pollen proteins, they can cause the immune system to overreact. This is known as cross-reactivity.

Yet even though these issues concern the same tree, cross-reactivity between pecan tree pollen allergy and pecan nut allergy is not that common. When an individual is allergic to pecan trees, it doesn’t automatically imply an allergy to pecan nuts. In fact, OAS is more frequently associated with fruits and vegetables.

How to Treat Pecan Allergies

If you experience an allergic reaction after eating pecans (or any food), visiting an allergist is essential. Due to the threat of a severe reaction, your allergist will likely use skin or blood testing to confirm a diagnosis. As a result, a treatment plan can be crafted to fit the needs of each patient. Treatments may include avoidance of the allergen, medications such as antihistamines – and the desensitization process known as oral immunotherapy treatment.

Effective Pecan Allergy Testing and Treatment in Atlanta

Chacko Food Allergy Treatment Center has allergists/immunologists providing relief from pecan allergy symptoms with locations in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Druid Hills, Duluth, and Johns Creek. If you require testing and treatment for pecan allergies or other food types, contact our team today. Call (678) 668-4688 or request an appointment now.

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