Surviving summer camp with food allergies

Posted on June 5, 2014 by

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Mireille Schwartz, Special to CNN updated

Millions of people deal with allergies brought on by different kinds of pollen. But did you know that eating certain fruits, vegetables, nuts and spices can also trigger a reaction?

It’s called cross-reactivity, and it happens because the proteins in some foods are similar to those allergy-causing proteins in some pollen, according to the Mayo Clinic. Typically, it might cause the mouth to tingle or itch; in some people, pollen-food allergy syndrome, or oral allergy syndrome, can cause throat swelling or anaphylaxis. Cooking fruits and vegetables can help avoid a reaction.

Read on for foods to be wary of if you’re pollen-sensitive.

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