Double allergy: 8.5 million Europeans are allergic to fruits, vegetables and pollens

Hypersensitivity to pollens that can aggravate reactions in people allergic to food is diagnosed in 8.5 million Europeans.

The proteins in trees’ pollens are commonly found in other plant species, and the list of foods that cause a reaction with pollen is long and growing. People suffering from cross-reactions between food and pollen experience sneezing, tears, burning sensations on the tongue and swollen lips.

The research presented by the EAACI Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Meeting describes that those liivng in Italy and Spain have a high number of peach and apricot related reactions, in France and Germany apples are more likely to be a problem. This variation in allergenic foods depends on the diet of a country, the exposure to pollens, but also on the diversity of allergens found in fruits and vegetables in different countries.

The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology press release

First published in February 2011

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