Allergy To Strawberries

strawberryStrawberries are a delicious and beautiful fruit, with excellent nutrient values rich in flavenoids and antioxidants. Strawberries are eaten as they are or added to many processed foods like jams and crushes.

What many people don’t know is that strawberries are also used in beauty and cosmetic products and even in perfumes.

A small percentage of the population are allergic to strawberries and have to be very careful that they don’t ingest any or come into the fruit in any form.

There are certain proteins in strawberries which can cause an immune reaction in the body. At times this reaction may not be easy to pinpoint and may be so temporary that the person may not relate it to strawberries. In a few cases the allergic reaction can be severe enough to need medical attention.

The symptoms of an allergic reaction to strawberries include

  • Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS) which refers to swelling and itching in the mouth, tongue, lips, cheeks and gums
  • Excessive watering of the eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Rhinitis
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Cramps
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Urticaria

If the reaction is severe it can lead to anaphylaxis and be fatal particularly if the person has difficulty breathing because of swelling and wheezing.

A true strawberry allergy can only be diagnosed by a doctor who specializes in allergies – it is a fairly simple skin test.

Meanwhile, if you suspect you have a strawberry allergy, you are well advised to check all food labels before eating ready made and processed foods, including ice-creams and desserts, cereals, bars and the like and even using products containing strawberries in any form.

The good news is that scientists of the University of Lund in Sweden have now been able to pinpoint the fact that it is the red color of the strawberries which is responsible for the allergen. So if you eat white strawberries you ought not to have any allergic reaction.


Call me to discuss your allergy symptoms and to book an appointment today!  Wendy Lind:  604-839-9789


Vancouver allergy center


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