Oral Allergy Syndrome Treatment

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Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment or standard of practice for oral allergy syndrome treatment but most doctors agree that oral allergy syndrome treatment should be treated like a pollen allergy rather than a food allergy. Using medications and treatments available for hay fever to treat oral allergy syndrome has in some people decreased if not eliminated all symptoms. The following types of treatments are available:

      1. Avoidance. The safest, easiest, and best oral allergy syndrome treatment is completely avoiding the trigger food.  Avoiding the trigger food also means taking into consideration how it’s used in seasonings, as “hidden” ingredients on food labels, and any dehydrated forms. For example, avoiding celery would include avoiding celery spice which is dehydrated and powdered celery. Another example is bell peppers, which is the main ingredient in the spice paprika which is an ingredient used for flavoring and/or coloring in various foods such as mayonnaise, barbeque sauce, muenster cheese, margarine, and hot sauce. Food avoidance is the only oral allergy syndrome treatment that will likely eliminate all symptoms.
      2. Avoid eating uncooked foods. Since oral allergy syndrome is most commonly caused by uncooked foods, try eating them peeled, canned, processed, pasteurized, frozen, heated (ex. microwaved), or cooked. These versions of the food usually damage and change the proteins “tricking” the immune system from recognizing them. Though in the case of celery and nuts this method doesn’t work and can still cause symptoms even after being cooked.
      3. Medications. While there is no medication for oral allergy syndrome, antihistamines and epinephrine can provide relief. (For more information about specific medications please click here.)
      4. Immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is a treatment used for hay fever but has had some success in people with oral allergy syndrome. Immunotherapy can be given through allergy shots or oral (by mouth) medication. (For more information about immunotherapy please click here.)
      5. Don’t do anything. This may not be the best treatment, but for people only experiencing mild symptoms it might be impossible to avoid the food or always avoid eating it uncooked. The best advice for people who choose to continue to eat the trigger food is to avoid eating it in large amounts and try to avoid the trigger food during your trigger pollen season. This option is not considered safe for people who have had an anaphylactic reaction in the past to their trigger food. This is also not the safest option for people with symptoms when eating peanuts, tree nuts or mustard because they have an increased chance of progressing to more severe reactions such as anaphylaxis.

Always see a doctor before choosing a particular treatment method. In the case of food avoidance it may even be necessary to see a dietician to make sure you will have a healthy balanced diet if you eliminate the trigger food.



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