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Southwest Allergy & Asthma Center



6100 Windcom Court,
Suite 101
Plano, Texas 75093

Serving: Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Carrollton, Richardson, Lewisville, Garland, Dallas, The Colony, Addison, Coppell, Little Elm, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(972) 398 - 3500Telephone:
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In the Texoma Medical Plaza adjacent to the new Texoma Medical Center
5012 South US HWY 75,
Suite 150
Denison, Texas 75020

Serving: Denison, Sherman, Bonham, Gainesville, Pottsboro, Van Alstyne, McKinney, Prosper, Durant (OK) and Madill (OK)

(903) 463 - 8400Telephone:
(903) 463 - 8500FAX:

7785 Eldorado Pkwy,
Suite 500
McKinney, Texas 75070

Serving: McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(972) 542 - 0500Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:

In Twin Creeks Medical Center Two
1101 Raintree Cir,
Suite 200
Allen, Texas 75013

Serving: McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(469) 656 - 1057Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:

12950 Dallas Pkwy,
Suite 700
Frisco, Texas 75033

Serving: McKinney, Frisco, Allen, Celina, Prosper, Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Rockwall, Lucas and Rowlett

(972) 569 - 8500Telephone:
(972) 398 - 3512FAX:

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Fruit and Vegetable Allergy

What is a fruit or vegetable allergy?

Fruit or vegetable allergy is an abnormal immune reaction to the proteins found in fruits and vegetables.

Is fruit or vegetable allergy common?

These types of allergy are not very common in children or adults. The prevalence is probably less than 0.1% in the United States.

What are the symptoms of an allergic reaction to a fruit or vegetable?

Classic allergic reactions usually include a red, itchy rash called hives that occurs within minutes of ingesting foods containing the food allergen. Hives can progress to or occur as part of a more serious allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that may include any of the following symptoms: wheezing or other breathing problems; vomiting, diarrhea or stomach cramps; face, mouth, or throat swelling; or signs of shock, including low blood pressure, dizziness, and passing out.

Are there other types of reactions that can occur with fruit and vegetable ingestion?

Some individuals who are allergic to outdoor pollens may experience a reaction called oral allergy syndrome when they ingest fresh fruits or vegetables. This reaction typically is limited to irritation of the lips, mouth, tongue and throat. This reaction occurs when antibodies made against tree, grass, or weed pollen proteins interact with similar proteins in fruits or vegetables.

Skin prick testing with the fresh fruit or vegetable of concern is a better diagnostic test than skin prick testing to fruit or vegetable extract or blood allergy testing when oral allergy syndrome is a concern.

Do people outgrow fruit or vegetable allergy?

In some individuals the allergy may be lifelong. As these allergies are not as common as other types of allergy, the natural history is not as well described.

What things should I avoid?

If you are allergic to a type of fruit or vegetable, you should avoid eating that fruit/vegetable and may need to avoid related fruits or vegetables in the same class. In addition you should avoid foods that may have been contaminated with or have come into contact with the concerning food.

Is cross contamination a concern?

Many foods are inadvertently contaminated with fruit and vegetable products during their processing or preparation. Any foods prepared in a facility that handles fruit or vegetable products are at risk for being contaminated.

How and when can I reintroduce a fruit or vegetable?

You should consult with your physician regarding when and how to reintroduce a fruit or vegetable into you or your child’s diet. Your physician may use skin or blood tests to determine if it is safe to reintroduce the fruit or vegetable into the diet.

Is my child allergic to all fruits and vegetables?

Individuals with a fruit or vegetable allergy will usually tolerate other types of fruits and vegetables. You should check with your healthcare provider to determine which fruits and vegetables are safe to eat.

Is it safe to breast-feed my child?

Breast-feeding is generally safe in children with a fruit or vegetable allergy if the mother avoids foods containing the concerning fruit or vegetable.