Food hypersensitivity in patients with pollen allergy

Allergy. 1982 Aug;37(6):437-43. doi: 10.1111/j.1398-9995.1982.tb02323.x.


Six hundred patients with pollen allergy answered a questionnaire about food hypersensitivity. Hypersensitivity to various nuts, fruits and roots was reported more often by patients with birch pollen allergy (70%) than by patients without birch pollen allergy (19%). The stronger the skin test reaction to birch pollen, the higher was the incidence of food hypersensitivity. A negative correlation was found between grass pollen allergy and food hypersensitivity. In the diagnosis of springtime hayfever, the presence of hypersensitivity to nuts, fruits and roots supports a diagnosis of birch pollen allergy.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Food Hypersensitivity / complications*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Poaceae
  • Pollen / immunology*
  • Pruritus / complications
  • Radioallergosorbent Test
  • Rhinitis, Allergic, Seasonal / complications*
  • Rhinitis, Allergic, Seasonal / diagnosis
  • Skin Tests
  • Trees