If you have noticed that you have allergies to specific environmental allergens AND to certain types of food, you are not alone. Research has shown clinical and immunochemical similarities between taxonomically-related and unrelated allergens.
Research has also shown that, for some patients, food allergies may result from primary sensitizations to grass, tree, or weed pollens containing similar allergenic components.
Cross-reactive allergens have been identified among the following pollens and foods:
- Birch, Alder and Hazelnut Pollens with Apple, Celery, Cherry, Peach, Pear, and Hazelnut Foods
- Grass Pollens with Celery, Cereal Grains and Potato Foods
- Mugwort Pollen with Apple, Carrot, Celery, Kiwi, Orange and Peanut Foods
- Ragweed Pollen with Banana, Cantaloupe and Watermelon