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Seasonal Allergies Linked To Food Allergies

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Anthony Bonitatibus, MD of Augusta Allergy and Asthma says, "If you have a tendency to be allergic you have a tendency to be allergic. We call it the A topic personality. So if somebody is prone to food allergies they're certainly going to be more prone to seasonal allergies as well."

Doctor Anthony Bonitatibus says there are some known links to food allergies and season allergies.

Cross-reactivity pairings like birch trees and apples are called oral allergy syndrome or fruit pollen syndrome.

"Where people who are allergic to birch trees might have specific problems eating fresh fruits like apple or fresh carrots or certain tree nuts. People with ragweed allergy might have problems with melons or cantaloupes," said Bonitatibus.

Bonitatibus classifies most symptoms as mild.

But that still doesn't make them enjoyable.

"Like an itchy mouth or tongue, maybe a little bit of itching in the throat. Ultimately, if you are having those symptoms the best thing is not to eat that food. Then you won't have those symptoms at all," said Bonitatibus.

Dr. Bonitatibus says there are tricks to make it more tolerable include heating an apple to break down the structure of the apple.

That means you may be able to eat apple pie but not fresh apples.

Bonitatibus says not to let your allergies bother you, whether they are seasonal or food-related.

"I recommend people manage their allergies so they can have a normal lifestyle. We could lock everybody inside during pollen season. That wouldn't be very fun," said Bonitatibus.

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