What should you avoid?
If you suffer from pollen and latex allergies you might experience allergic symptoms when you eat certain fruits, vegetables, spices and nuts. This is called cross reactions.
Lists of foods
Below is a list of foods that may cross react with pollen or latex. Under the headlines birch pollen, grass pollen and sagebrush pollen and latex, you can see the foods that may cause symptoms.
The lists are not prohibition lists, but can be used as a guide to which foods you should be aware of. It is rare that you get symptoms from all the food that is listed under each main group. You may therefore eat the fruits and vegetables that do not give you the symptoms, even if they are on the list. In addition, you may react to food, that is not on the list.
Food, which may trigger allergic reactions by birch pollen allergy
Apricot, Plum, Peach, Cherry, Kiwi, Nectarine, Pear, Apple
Carrot, Potato, Tomato, Pepper, Celery
Hazel nut, Peanut, Almond, Pistachio, Walnut
Food, which can trigger allergic reactions by grass pollen allergy
Food, which may trigger allergic reactions by sagebrush allergy
Melon, Sun flower seeds
Pepper fruit, Carrot, Pasternak, Parsley, Celery
Spices and herbs
Spices and herbs, which may trigger allergic reactions by pollen allergy
Anis, Curry, Merian, Basil, Coriander, Oregano, Dill, Caraway, Paprika, Tarragon and Black pepper,
Spices and herbs may trigger symptoms, if you are allergic to celery and is allergic to sagebrush pollen or birch pollen. Reactions to the spices and herbs are rare.
Exotic fruits and vegetables
Some people with pollen allergy may experience unexpected symptoms when they eat raw exotic fruits and vegetables, for instance on travels. If you normally have strong reactions to food, it is a good idea to start with small bits of fruit and vegetables until you know whether you can tolerate them or not.
Food, which may trigger allergic reactions by latex allergy
Avocado, Banana, Figs, Chestnut, Kiwi, Papaya, Potato, Tomato