It's pretty unfortunate because I am a major sweets lover and fruit lover and when I have sweet cravings, I try to eat some fruits instead of candy. But my list of favorite fruits is turning into my list of fruits I'm allergic to. So right now all I can really eat fruit-wise are bananas and oranges/mandarins/tangerines which aren't too exciting flavor-wise. Oh and lemons and limes, but I can't handle biting into their tangy-ness. Oh fruit... I miss you so much.
People have asked me if maybe I'm allergic to the pesticides. But I've tried eating local fruits and berries, organic and pesticide free fruits but I still get allergic reactions. Bummer.
I've been researching my fruit allergies a lot and one friend thought perhaps I was allergic to latex. But I researched it further and though I don't have any reaction to latex gloves or anything like that, I think what is happening is something similar to an allergic reaction to latex but is caused by my allergies to pollen. What I think is happening is explained pretty well here and here. I'm pretty sure I have something called Oral Allergy Syndrome which occurs in a large number of people who have pollen allergies, which I have. For most people, the Oral Allergy Syndrome symptoms only last a few minutes after eating the fruit or vegetable but for a few people, they experiences anaphylaxis which is really scary. I am somewhere in between right now. Some fruits leave my mouth really sore and itchy for 2 days after eating them, nectarines made my throat swell a little, and some just make my lips and mouth itchy and stingy for maybe an hour. I want to get tested for my allergies as soon as I can afford it because I really hope my allergies don't become really severe, and if they do, I want to be prepared.
But for now, I'm just going to stick to my bananas and citrus fruits and celebrate the friendship I have with them through their beautiful bright colors. (Do any of you have allergic reactions to fruit?)
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