Your body reacts to the food in a similar way it would to pollen. You breathe in the tiny grains and that causes local inflammation in your nose and airways. Pollen landing on your eyes makes them itch and water. The immune response when you eat the raw fruits or vegetables linked to your pollen trigger also sets off a local reaction. That is, around your mouth and usually within five to 10 minutes.
It’s called oral allergy syndrome because it involves a range of symptoms and signs. These usually appear in a cluster and include an itchy swollen mouth, scratchy throat and swollen lips and tongue. Some people get hives on their mouth and itchy ears too.
See a doctor if peanuts, soybeans, almonds or hazelnuts give you an itchy mouth or throat. That may also be an early warning of a dangerous food allergy that can affect your whole body.