What Is Carrot Allergy ?
Carrots are loved for their nutritional value, but they can trigger allergies. Immediately or few minutes after consuming carrots, people can experience itching, burning, swelling of lips, mouth and tongue. Carrot allergy is closely related to oral allergy syndrome -Â where the people having pollen allergy experience allergy to fruits and vegetables.
Carrot Allergy and Oral Allergy Syndrome:
People with pollen allergy can develop carrot allergy. This is because the some pollen proteins are structurally similar to the carrot proteins. People with birch pollen allergy and mugwort pollen allergy are more at risk of having carrot allergy.
Those having carrot allergies may also be allergic to coriander, fennel, anise, parsley, celery, parsnip. This is because of the structural similarity of the proteins in carrots and other fruits/vegetables.
Carrot allergy Symptoms:
- Itching/ burning/ swelling of lips, tongue and mouth
- Tingling sensation of the mouth
If you suspect carrot allergy, do consult your allergies. He/she can conduct allergy tests such as blood test (RAST) or skin prick test to check if you have allergies.
Preventing Carrot Allergy:
To prevent carrot allergy, you should stay away all carrot sources. Some people find that cooking the carrot can help them to overcome carrot allergy.
Carrot allergy can be prevented by reading the labels, inquiring about the ingredients while eating out, and avoiding cross contamination.
For carrot allergy treatment, anti-histamines can help in relieving the symptoms. Topical corticosteroids can reduce hives, rashes caused due to allergies. You can also speak with your doctor about immunotherapy, which is a long-term treatment available to treat allergies.