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Allergy to carrots

02/19/2008

Question:

can i kiss somebody who is allergic 2 carrots after i have eatan them or not wat effect can this have on them

Answer:

You may want to rinse your mouth out or brush your teeth depending on the reaction they have. If they have "anaphylaxis" to carrots then small amounts of carrot could cause some problems. However, more commonly, people have what is called the oral itch syndrome which occurs after eating carrots resulting in throat, mouth or ear itching. This is a cross reaction between tree pollen and carrots that contain common allergens. This reaction tends to be very mild and should not be affected by kissing.

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Response by:

Jonathan   Bernstein, MD Jonathan Bernstein, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati