Fruits and vegetables allergy recommendations
Prevention is the best treatment for allergy to fruits and vegetables. Once diagnosis has been done, the allergist will tell you what foods to avoid and will establish a free allergen diet.
In children allergic to fruits introduce exotic fruits with caution, monitor possible reactions to pollens and in children allergic to bananas, kiwi, chestnut and / or avocado monitor possible reactions to latex.
With seasonal fruits, reactions may occur with fruits that in previous seasons were tolerated.
It is also recommended to peel the fruit as some allergens are found in the skin.
Especially monitor possible hidden sources of food. For example, fruit may be hidden in the following foods:
- Aromas (medicines, sweets, toothpaste).
- Yogurt and other dairy desserts.
- Juices, compotes and jams.
- Fruit salads.
- Jars of baby food.
- Cereals, chocolates, cakes, bread, ice cream, jelly (with fruit).
- Mashed and dried fruits (e.g.: dry apricots).
Furthermore, caution should be taken with cutlery, cooking utensils and pans used for cooking as they could have been in contact with the food allergen during the preparation of the allergic patient’s food, with the consequent reaction.
Consult your specialist whether to carry self-injectable epinephrine. Patient, family and carers should have the necessary training for administration.
POLLEN AND FOOD ASSOCIATION IN SPAIN
- Grass pollen: Tomato, peanut, rosacea, melon, watermelon.
- Artemisia: Rosaceae (peach, loquat, nectarine, apple, strawberry, pear, rose hip, etc.), sunflower seeds, honey and vegetable comestibles in general.
- Plantago: Melon.
- Plane tree: Hazelnut, peanut, banana, apple, celery, corn, chickpea, lettuce.
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