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I had my daughter 10 months ago, and now I'm due in July with my son. When I eat kiwi, bananas, peanut butter, and a few other foods, my mouth starts tingling, burning, stabbing, and my gums swell. I'm not allergic to anything, so what could this be?

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It is possible that you are experiencing oral allergy syndrome (OAS), also known as pollen-food syndrome. OAS occurs when your immune system reacts to proteins in certain fruits and vegetables that are similar to the proteins found in pollen. This cross-reactivity can cause symptoms such as tingling or itching in the mouth, swelling of the lips or tongue, and even throat discomfort. While you may not have a true allergy to these foods, your body's immune response can still trigger these symptoms. It is recommended to consult with an allergist who can perform specific tests to determine the exact cause of your symptoms and provide appropriate treatment options. In the meantime, avoiding the trigger foods or cooking them thoroughly may help alleviate your symptoms.

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