Suffering From Food Allergies During the Fall
Do your food allergies become more severe during the fall? If so, oral allergy syndrome (OAS) is likely to blame. This condition, also called pollen food allergy syndrome, can make a difficult time of year even worse for allergy sufferers in Atlanta. But with the right information, it is possible to minimize the risks of allergic reactions and maintain good health.
Why Is Fall a Difficult Time for People With Allergies?
Fall is a time where pollen counts are often high. Ragweed is particularly prevalent and strong winds can disperse its pollen across long distances. Unfortunately, for people with food allergies, proteins in many fruits, vegetables and nuts resemble various types of pollen. The immune system is confused by the similarity resulting in common allergy symptoms. While OAS can occur throughout the year, symptoms are usually more severe when pollen counts are high.
What Foods Cause Allergies in the Fall?
A wide variety of foods can be a cause for concern at this time of year. OAS symptoms can be caused by bananas, cherries, melon, zucchini, peaches, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, almonds, peanuts and many more. Pay attention to symptoms like a runny nose, skin rash, tingling lips and itchy throat and if you experience any of these, contact an allergist for assistance.
Cooking foods or removing the skins from certain food items can destroy the proteins affecting the immune system, but maintain caution as allergic reactions are still possible.
Be Cautious During Seasonal Holidays
While OAS is a major reason for worsening allergies, popular holidays are also an issue. Children with food allergies face the temptation of Halloween candy and may not be aware of the risks involved. There are some allergy-free candy options like Skittles and Nerds, but popular choices like Snickers and M&Ms contain allergens.
Thanksgiving dinner will require caution due to the prevalence of ingredients like nuts, soy, dairy and wheat used in many dishes. Also, please remind children attending school (as well as their teachers) of any preventative measures required to keep them safe.
Can Food Allergies Be Cured?
Sadly, there are no cures for food allergies, but it is not uncommon for children to grow out of their allergies over time. Additionally, oral immunotherapy treatment is proving successful at minimizing the impact of food allergies through a process of allergen desensitization. While fall can be a difficult time of year for many people with allergies, your allergist can always help develop an effective treatment plan.
Start Treating Your Food Allergies Today
If you or your child have experienced an allergic reaction, don’t delay taking action. Chacko Food Allergy Treatment Center can provide an effective allergy treatment plan and reduce the chances of dangerous reactions. We are available in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Druid Hills, Duluth and Johns Creek. For an appointment, call (678) 668-4688 or request help online.
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