I developed hayfever this year and had problems during a fairly intense tree pollen season (first hospital admissions, possibly related). I suspect, though have not had it confirmed, that I'm allergic to birch pollen and possibly others given that I've had the typical symptoms after being near birch trees - though I am a bit clueless about types of trees!
I don't seem to be allergic to grass pollen, so my hayfever and possible asthma reaction died down.
However, in the last few days I've been getting hayfever-like symptoms including general itching, runny nose, watery eyes etc. I couldn't work out what it was but I've just eaten an apple for lunch and after being fine all night/morning (t was bad last night when I also ate an apple) it's come right back, so strongly suspect that may be responsible. (absolute bummer if so, I LOVE raw apples, apple juice etc and it's just annoying enough that I'm not sure I can put up with it when I want an apple).
Bit of googling suggests it might be oral allergy syndrome - it's fairly common if you have hayfever apparently so I don't think I""m doing a classic hypochondriac 'omg I have this rare disease' thing from Dr Google lol. It's apparently most common if you have a birch pollen allergy and apples are a common culprit.
However, couple of confusing points:
-Tree pollen season seems to be over and I was fine with apples before (it's literally in the last few days) so not sure why it's come on now.
-Everything I've seen says you get mouth/throat itchiness/tingling/swelling with this, but I don't get that - just itchiness on arms/legs/head/chest and nose issues.
I'm not asking for medical advice, but just wondering if anyone else had this (on this forum I wouldn't be at all surprised). I will probably mention it to my cons next time I see him when discussing the birch allergy thing, but don't really want to bother GP with it or ask for tests as it seems unnecessary for something that in my case is pretty minor, if it even is that. I just love apples and several of the other fruits/veg listed (peaches and carrots? noooo) and was kind of hoping it wasn't that.
Don't know why this is the year of allergies for me...last year I had a really high IgE and no symptoms, this year it's much lower (probably cos of medications) and the symptoms, plus fun asthma stuff.