Strawberry allergy is a reaction to certain proteins found in strawberries. It's relatively rare compared to other food allergies but can cause discomfort and health issues in sensitive individuals. The allergy can manifest in various ways, from mild reactions, such as oral allergy syndrome, to more severe systemic responses....


What are symptoms of strawberry allergy?

  • Hives or skin rash
  • Itching or tingling in the mouth
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, face, or throat
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Nasal congestion or sneezing
  • Wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Anaphylaxis in severe cases

What foods cross-react with strawberry allergy?

Cross-reactivity with strawberries is not as common as with other food allergies. However, individuals with strawberry allergies might also react to:

  • Other berries such as raspberries and blackberries
  • Some fruits like cherries and grapes
  • Rarely, individuals with birch pollen allergy may have cross-reactive symptoms with strawberries due to Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS).

When should I consider getting a strawberry allergy test?

  • If you experience allergic symptoms after eating strawberries.
  • If you have a history of other fruit allergies and suspect a reaction to strawberries.
  • If a child exhibits allergic reactions after consuming strawberries, especially if there’s a family history of allergies.

How do I reduce my strawberry allergy symptoms?

  • Avoid strawberries and products containing strawberries, including jams, desserts, and flavorings.
  • Read food labels carefully for the presence of strawberry or strawberry flavoring.
  • Be cautious when dining out, particularly with desserts and fruit salads, and inform the staff of your allergy.
  • Over-the-counter antihistamines may help with mild reactions.
  • Carry an epinephrine auto-injector if prescribed for severe allergies.
  • Consult with an allergist for accurate diagnosis and advice on managing the allergy.

Test(s) that measure/test for Strawberry

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