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8/11/13 7:18 A

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Good Morning! I suddenly reacted to an apple over 20 yeas ago while working away at a camp. I have done the allergy testing and all of the things that many of you talked about. Unfortunately the reactions have changed with pregnancies (4), age, and the pollen levels in our area. Northern MN is riddled with glorious trees that unfortunately give up enough pollen to change the paint job on your vehicle to mustard color regardless of the original color. I still get surprises sometimes like recently eating watermelon which is something I've never had trouble with and experiencing the all too familiar tingle on the bottom lip. This is my 3rd or 4th time trying to stick to SP as well as I did the first time when I lost almost 40 pounds. I have some hope that if I can stay in touch with all of you with OAS that each day won't seem like such a challenge to eat the "required" fruits and vegetables each day. Good luck to all of you and perhaps we can all connect more frequently? An OAS team - does it exist yet? emoticon

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I'm glad to know that there are other people out there that have a similar problem. As I went through culinary school the running joke was that I was allergic to anything green, which wasn't to far from the truth. After many visits to the allergist I find that I am allergic to oily spices, like mint, lavender, rosemary, cilantro and alcohol. I can't seem to manage eating out since everything prepared seems to have spices in it. If anyone has figured out a trick aside from pure avoidance, I'd be happy to try it.

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Oh my goodness, I'm not the only one! I'm 19, and as a child and early teenager, I never really liked fresh fruit or vegetables that much to begin with. As I got older though, I started to branch out in an attempt to be healthy. I noticed it at first when I ate a bite of raw broccoli, and my lips and throat instantly started to swell and itch. I technically haven't been diagnosed yet, but all of the symptoms fit. There's hardly any fresh fruit or vegetable I can eat without getting this reaction. I tested my theory out with mango one day. I ate a pea-sized bite of raw mango, and the symptoms instantly started. After researching it, I figured out that it was OAS. I cut up the rest of the mango, steamed it for two minutes, and was able to eat it with no reaction whatsoever. So glad I'm not the only one and that there are blogs and people to help me learn to eat healthy even with this stupid allergy! (:

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Hi,

I have OAS.
It has nothing to do with pesticides or whether or not it's organic. OAS happens when your body reacts to a large amount of pollen stimulation. And it doesn't seem to happen to everyone in the same way, if at all. Basically, you are reacting to certain proteins found in pollens; grasses or trees. Some of the same proteins also exist in certain fruits and vegetables. That's why both trigger a reaction. At least that's how it was explained to me.

It is so nice to see that I'm not the only one.
I developed it in my early 20's. I saw an allergy specialist at the time who made me feel like a freak, because both my arms were completely covered and I reacted to everything.

Most people have no understanding of it and often aren't very supportive.
My family does't get it, even after all this time. My mother still offers me fruit whenever I'm over and my mother-in-law has made comments that lead me to think she thinks all this is in my head.

I even got laughs at a Weight Watchers meeting once when I mentioned I'm allergic to fruits and vegetables. The leader said her kids tell her they are allergic to peas, but that if I want to take weight loss seriously I have to suck it up. Needless to say I didn't go back.

As for trying to lose weight, it is difficult when everything tells you to eat more fruits and veggies. I can however eat them when cooked and I don't have a problem eating leafy greens. I saw a nutritionist who suggested to increase my protein and eat with either a healthy sized salad or an increased amount of cooked greens. As for fruits, she was stumped. Mostly because I hate fruit purées. I can eat most of them, because usually the fruit is cooked, but I really do find it quite gross. So, I've increased the amount of juice I drink, I just have to try to keep it to the low-sugar ones. Luckily I have no problem with cranberry juice.

I think the key is to eat leaner meats, fish, and if there are some veggies and/or fruits you can eat, then eat as much as you can. And of course, don't forget the water!

It can be depressing, because you have to specialize your diet and life so much all because of these allergies. But you have to keep thinking about the bigger picture, which a happier and healthier you. ... At least that's what I keep telling myself.

Now I just have to get to exercising!
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Good luck!



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My OAS appeared when I was 12, and I am now 27. I've learned to live with most of my restrictions (no uncooked fruits or veggies except grapefruit and no nuts in any form) but I craved fresh fruit almost constantly. Recently I've started cooking cut up fruit in a saucepan on the stove (my favorite are strawberries and bananas)freezing the cooked fruit in icecube trays and then using the fruit cubes to make smoothies. With yogurt and some pasteurized fruit juice it comes darn close to a fresh fruit smoothie! Hope this helps some others with fresh fruit withdrawal... :) emoticon

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I am allergic to every raw fruit and vegetable on the planet, along with all fresh herbs and most nuts. Cooked,they can be fine, but lately have had problems with green beans, asparagus, and corn. There is no cure or treatment other than avoiding the offending food. I have thought about writing a cookbook, but experience tells me a publisher would not go for it because it would cater to such a small market. Instead, I have started a blog about this, in which I plan to post recipes and tips that have worked for me. They may not work for everyone. I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, just a fellow sufferer. Here is the website: http://oralallergysyndromerecipesandhelp.b
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Hope it helps. There is not much there yet, I just started it yesterday, but it will grow.

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I have many food allergies after immunotherapy i do a lot better.
This intrigues me because one Thanksgiving I made a green bean almondine casserole and my DH had an anaphalytic reaction it was scary. We thought the almonds had done it so he avoided almonds and we got a second Epi-Pen. I carry one at all times.
I have discovered i make microwave apple crisp and he is able to eat it. Raw apples make his lips and tongue itch and burn. I cook many items in my microwave and i am convinced doing so is proving to be very helpful in avoiding the reaction.
I have lived with my food allergies for over 15 years , now I am trying to feed my husband and avoid reactions. I am really glad i found this team. I have lots of information from many sources but I am not a Dr but i can recommend books by professionals if any one is interested. Pat in Maine.

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JUST1SPARK Posts: 32
1/17/10 7:40 P

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My daughter has this and she reacts to fruits, vegetables, spices, seeds and nuts. So far, the only anaphylactic reaction she has had has been to raw apples but she does break out in horrible rashes and hives from other ones.
She isn't actually allergic to the foods, but to ragweed and birch trees and her body confuses these foods with the ragweed and birch. Apparently, most people who have this just get a tingly mouth and/or lips or rash but can eat the foods anyway. We find that freezing or cooking them works well enough that she can still eat them with no side effects. Maybe you can try that. The Dr. even said popping an apple in the microwave for 10 seconds should be enough to kill the protein so there will be no reaction, but we have not had the guts to try that yet.
She gets most of her fruit servings from smoothies made with frozen fruit. Freezing works well and we never have a problem with reactions after.

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Hey fellow Sparkers!
I, too, suffer from OAS... I also happen to be part of the "lucky" 2% of OAS sufferers that have severe reactions to ALL raw fruits and veggies.. if I even eat a sliver of kiwi or 1/4 of a strawberry, I am in unbearable pain as I feel my body rejecting it all the way through my system.. literally, the pain is so severe that I am incapacitated, rolled up in a ball, hugging myself, just waiting for it to "make it's way out".. which in it's own is violent as well.
I have gone to an allergist for the skin prick tests, to find out I also have a developing Nut allergy! OH the fun! Thankfully my reactions don't stop me from breathing, but it is so overwhelming I am terrified to eat fruits and veggies raw. Cooked, canned and juices don't bother me (Thank Heavens!).
I have been thinking about getting a referral to a nutritionist to see if they'd have any ideas on how I can cook and store fruits and veggies for quick snacks... oh how I miss baby carrots and apples!! But it's not the same to eat cold, mushy carrots or apple sauce..
I have been told there is no "cure", no way around it. Avoid the food, they say... easily said, but hard to eat a healthy balanced diet without!
Lets see what we can do, what we can find, to help us live with this and still get out "5 a day"!

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10/18/09 10:17 P

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Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one with this allergy set. I thought I was going crazy when I started having allergic reactions to fruit (cherries, apples, pears, peaches, plums) and even thought it might be a cross contamination with my nut/peanut allergy but recently found out it was OAS. I was curious if anyone had any OAS friendly recipes they'd like to share?

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Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one with this allergy set. I thought I was going crazy when I started having allergic reactions to fruit (cherries, apples, pears, peaches, plums) and even thought it might be a cross contamination with my nut/peanut allergy but recently found out it was OAS. I was curious if anyone had any OAS friendly recipes they'd like to share?

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It would be great to have a recipe book, because it's so hard to find health plans that cater to those who cannot eat fruits, vegetables, or nuts. I do have somewhat severe (though so far not life-threatening) allergies to raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, juice (even the 10% stuff) and even some cooked fruits/veggies/nuts. I cannot digest them, and they give me hives on my lips, my mouth itches, and my throat swells up. I've had these allergies since I was about 11, so I've gotten used to not eating the allergens, but since my metabolism slowed down I've realised I can't eat whatever I want anymore ^.^
Unfortunately, I've been unable to find any good healthy recipes or plans that cater to people with OAS. So if anyone has published a recipe book, or there's a book in the making, I would love to buy it.

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I just found this topic.
I too have OAS. Apples are the worst, but also various nuts, strawberries, peaches, cherries etc. etc. It is definitely hard to eat healthy when there are so many things I can't eat. My main fruits that I do eat are bananas, watermelon and grapes. I can eat nuts that have been roasted but not fresh.
I remember when I was younger, apples and peanut butter were my favorite snack. As I got older I just thought that the apple skin was getting stuck up in my gums. It took a while before I realized what it was. I have been to an allergist and was allergic to just about everything, to varying degrees. The OAS is basically just uncomfrotable, super itchy gums and throat. But I just try to avoid them.

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JUSTGOTTADOIT's Photo JUSTGOTTADOIT Posts: 15
4/14/09 8:46 P

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I have full spectrum OAS meaning I am affected by all poolen groups and therefore for me it is not just fruits, veggies and nuts, it is also some meats, most grains, and some other things like cane sugar.

This in part means that it should be easy for me to lose weight as I am "allergic" to all "junk" foods. The hard part? Yup you guessed it, eatting in general and well because of that I am creating every recipe I make and tweak from normal recipes. I made brownies the other day that were absolutely amazing. Would anyone out there benefit and/or buy a recipe book for those who were high Oral Allergy Syndrome (or OAS in general)? It might take me a couple years to get something like this published but would any of you out there buy it?

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I haven't had fresh fruit or veggies in a while cause they're a pain in the a$$. I have had fresh strawberries and they aren't that bad but apples for me are the worst...even apple juice but i can have apple sauce and apple pie, etc. Does anyone know whether or not oral allergies are curable? I feel that deep down inside my OAS will be cured...does anyone else think about it or has researched a solution?

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I just had some dried apple rings (and they stayed down)....I didn't get itchy from them. I do like prunes as well, although with IBS, I don't want to eat too many of them...LOL

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CALA2008's Photo CALA2008 Posts: 1,002
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It is very frustrating....but for me steaming/baking does help somewhat. Otherwise, we just have to keep looking for other foods in which to satisfy our hunger.

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Me too! Apples, carrots are the worst and I can't even eat them cooked. If you google Oral Allergy Syndrome you can find a list of tree pollens and which fruits/nuts you can become allergic too. My tree allergy is birch so I'm careful with the other fruits on the birch list.

It's sooo fustrating to be trying to "eat healthy" or "lose weight" with OAS. While pregnant with my 2nd baby, I don't know how many times the Dr. told me to "eat an apple if you are hungry". I CAN'T!!!

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Hi there, I'm new to Sparkpage and the group. It is so nice to finally put a name to what I have been going through for many years.

I have reactions to most raw fruits, veggies and nuts. Kiwi, bananas, peanuts, walnuts, tomatoes, avocados are really bad. I have to cook most of my fresh fruits and veggies (so I don't eat many salads). I just can't get used to the idea of a cooked salad (or limp salad), as some recipes call it.

Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I will try and peel some of the fruits and veggies (although it does not work with bananas, avocados and kiwis).

Have a great day and let's hope for some more tasty, steamed and baked dishes.

I was also not aware that seasonal allergy is often a common bond with OAS. Thanks for all the updated information.

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I too have OAS and i cannot eat most/any raw fruits or raw nuts...fruits have to be cooked/processed before eating. I can eat strawberries fresh and some melon but thats it and then again sometimes i have a reaction to melons. I would love to be able to one day eat fresh fruits without having an reaction and im confident that one day i will.

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5/7/08 9:49 A

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I too have OAS and it makes eating healthy a real challenge. The way that it was explained to me is that there is a part of the fruit/veggie that you are allergic to and when it is processed (canned, etc) or cooked it loses that property and therefore you lose the reaction. I am allergic to all melons, strawberries, bananas, tomatoes, red onions and every now and then I'll have a surprise reaction to something. I have found that when my outdoor allergies are at their peak if I take an allergy medicine daily it reduces if not eliminates my reaction to fruits and veggies and I just steer clear of the ones that cause the most severe reactions.

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Did you try organic spinach? I wonder if it might be a reaction to a pesticide or fertilizer used for growing the spinach. Be sure & wash it good even if it says pre washed.

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I have an allergy to raw apples, pears, peaches, raspberries; I used organic apples cooked in apple betty dessert and that didn't seem to bother me (I'm thinking organic was best because it doesn't have the pesticides absorbed into the skin), my allergist advised me to be cautious with the apple allergy because I could very well react in any season of the year from it; I've tried prepared applesauce but got rhinnitis and sinus thing from it, pears peaches raspberries raw or cooked make me react, have you tried canned fruit and veggies? I hear they are cooked to a certain temperature for canning which would be the same as if you cooked them, a coworker/friend of mine has oral allergy syndrome who will reach for canned items if she doesn't have the time to cook raw ones and she says this works for her, glad to help you emoticon

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No, she has not had any tests. The Dr says that there is not much they can test for food allergies like this.

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has she had an allergy test?

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Hi, I am new to this team. I myself do not have food allergies but my 14 year old daughter does. Her mouth, tongue and throat get swelling if she eats spinach. This will last for days. She says it does not matter whether it is cooked or raw. She also has seasonal allergies and asthma. Has anyone heard of an allergy to Spinach?

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bleh i have this problem, i actually have a nice little rash on the corner of my lips right now...its either from gmo corn or soybean oil(i had about 6 corn chips at a resturant about 5 days ago:()
the things i know that give me OAS are pineapple, mango, peanuts, soy and wheat.
i tend to eat all my fruits and veges raw and they dont give me problems, just a select few...

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I have the same problem with many fruits and veggies, the really bad ones are peas, celery, grapes, broccoli, apples, bananas, peaches and I've always avoided nuts since I am anaphylactic to those. With apples it is the skin that bothers me so if I do peel it I can eat it which is nice but the others I avoid in almost all forms. I really haven't found a solution to any of this, I just avoid and eat what I can :(

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I suffer from OAS as well. I am allergic to apples, snap peas, cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, and almonds. I will occasionally eat apples that have been peeled and sliced, but I pretty much avoid everything else. Eating any of these things cooked seems to be fine for me, but I can't eat them raw.

I have heard about people who have gotten treatments for their pollen allergies in order to alleviate their OAS. I'm considering it, but I haven't heard alot of supporting evidence for it.

ETA: As a person trying to eat healthier, having this condition sucks. Life would be easier if I could just pick up an apple and eat it like most others can!

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I am allergic to many raw fruits and vegetables. The only thing to do is try to avoid them. Certain ones, like apples or cucumbers, if I peel them I can eat them. Maybe you can try that.

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i have a friend that cannot eat raw but can eat cooked veggies....
at her house for easter.... they bought strawberries that had been frozen and rinsed them twice and she seemed fine.
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Nope sorry. I'm allergic to all fruit that has a pit in it when eaten fresh. I can eat it once it has been processed but never fresh. It causes anaphalaxis. It is very similar to the condition you describe except it is cross spread from my rice allergy and not a hayfever type allergy. I wish that were the case because I'm going through the immunotherapy right now and then I'd be able to bite into a peach again and that would be HEAVENLY!!!

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Does anybody else suffer from this condition? It's where you can't eat raw fruits and vegetables (and some nuts) - it's due to having seasonal allergies as a child. Shows up around 23 - early 20s. I don't know how to deal with this since for various reasons cooking frequently isn't really an option for me. Any suggestions?

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