As a pediatric allergist, Nowak-Wegrzyn occasionally finds herself reassuring parents that a child complaining of pollen-food allergy symptoms is not looking for a convenient excuse to skip the healthy fruits and vegetables.
"Sometimes, when I tell parents that the child is not making this up, they are relieved to know that this is real," she said.
And the syndrome, much like other kinds of allergies, tends to run in families.
"It's comforting to know that while food-pollen allergy syndrome is an annoyance and a nuisance, it's not likely to be life threatening," Costa said.
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