Avocado is becoming increasingly popular, which means more people are including it in their recipes. Greater exposure to any food or product increases the chance of a developing an allergy. This is especially true of avocado. Many people are reporting allergic reactions to the fruit. There are two types of avocado allergy: The first type is an oral allergy to avocados due to oral allergy syndrome. You could have an oral allergy to avocados if you are also allergic to birch pollen. The second allergy is because of cross-reactivity with latex. Some people with a latex allergy are allergic to many fruits including avocado, bananas, kiwis, and melons. This condition is known as latex-fruit syndrome. Avocado Allergy Symptoms Symptoms of an oral allergy to avocados include: Itchy mouth Scratchy throat Swelling in and around the mouth and throat Symptoms of a latex-avocado allergy include: Swelling of the lips Sneezing Itchy eyes Stomach discomfort Hives Anaphylactic response Diagnosing An Avocado Allergy There isn’t a commercial skin test for an avocado; however, there are ways we can get you tested for avocado. Your doctor may also want to get an allergy test for pollen and latex. This helps determine your risk of developing an allergy to avocado. The other way to determine an avocado allergy is through a food challenge. Eat a small amount of avocado in a clinical setting to see if it evokes an allergic reaction. A doctor must be present during all food challenges in case a severe allergic reaction emerges. Avocado Allergy Treatment If your symptoms are mild, an over-the-counter antihistamine can help treat them. For skin related symptoms, look for a cortisone cream to help with itching and hives. For more severe symptoms, visit an allergist to get prescribed medication. An EpiPen is necessary to treat anaphylaxis. It is also important to avoid avocado. It can be hidden in some recipes such as vegan and paleo ones. It’s even used as a substitute for butter in some recipes. So when dining out, ask for an ingredient list. Summary While an avocado allergy is rare, it can be serious. It’s important to always be prepared in the event of an allergic reaction. NY Allergy & Sinus Centers will develop a personalized treatment plan for your allergy. Call (212) 686-4448 to book your appointment today!