Certain fruits can make your mouth itch if you have plant allergies.
Hay fever sufferers, if you've experienced an itchy mouth or scratchy throat after eating certain raw fruits or vegetables, you may have pollen-food syndrome. It happens when the immune system confuses certain food proteins with similar proteins in tree or grass pollen.
Pollen-food syndrome can seemingly come out of nowhereonset is common in adults who may have been eating the food in question for years with no problems, says the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology. Common pollen-food combos include:
- Grass pollenCelery, melons, oranges, peaches, tomatoes
- Ragweed pollenBananas, cucumber, melons, zucchini
- Birch pollenApples, carrots, celery, cherries, kiwifruit, peaches, pears, plums
From our sister publication REMEDY'S Healthy Living Spring 2014