Friday, November 25, 2005

apples make my mouth itchy

you heard me
apples make my mouth itchy
after years of people looking at me like i was crazy when i said
apples make my mouth itchy
i'd just like everyone to know that i have received confirmation
from a friend of mine who is in his last year of medical school
that it is not uncommon for the apple
to make one's mouth itchy
and yes, it is considered an allergy

part of the reason why i think people scoffed at my proclamations that i could not or would not eat apples because of this abrasive problem was because
immediately following my statement, most people would ask if i suffered the same reaction when eating say, an apple pie
which i do not

however, "another common manifestation of food allergy is the 'oral allergy syndrome,' in which certain foods cause itching or hives where they touch the lips and mouth. fresh fruits and vegetables are often associated with this kind of reaction. these reactions are believed to be due to pollen protein the fruits, which are inactivated by cooking. for example, persons sensitive to ragweed pollen may develop hives on the lips while eating melon. similarly, people sensitive to birch tree pollen may react to fresh apples. the same people, however, might tolerate cooked apples, as in apple pie."1

what now, bitches?!

i am definitely allergic to pollen. so basically, my immune system can't tell the difference between pollen and a piece of fruit. great.

other cross-reactive foods associated with birch pollen? walnuts and almonds. which, when i jumped on that i-eat-nuts-as-a-healthy-high-protein-snack bandwagon, i noticed ALSO made my mouth itchy.

even more exciting is the fact that apple, almond and walnut allergies are associated with allergies to latex. something else i don't get along well with.

this whole post would have probably been a perfect way to segue into why i can never breathe through both nostrils simultaneously, but i think the reese's peanut butter egg is a more urgent matter

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Blogger rachel evelyn said...

Eggplant and pecans make my mouth itch - odd, is it not?

1:42 AM  
Blogger seven said...

pecans do that to me too. i guess we could throw those babies in a skillet and eat them, but it hardly seems worth the effort.

now see, i knew i wasn't a freak :)

7:48 PM  
Blogger girl boof said...

I stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that certain grapes make my mouth itch, but grape juice does not. You're definitely not a freak.

End of comment from random stranger. :)

8:12 PM  
Blogger Katerina said...

Actually what could be causing allergies is GMO apples drenched in pesticides. When i eat an organic apple i have no reaction but when i eat an apple from a grocery store my mouth and gums itch like crazy..

12:01 PM  

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