Reporter: Shannon Samson
New Media Producer: Kerry Corum
If you bite into an apple and your lips start to itch or burn, blame it on the season.
The proteins in plant pollens that cause allergies are similar to the proteins in some fruits and vegetables and your body can't often tell the difference. So when you take a bite, you have a reaction. It's only serious for a small percentage of people.
If you're allergic to grass pollen, beware of tomatoes, melons and watermelon. For weed allergies: apples, celery, carrots, peanuts and kiwis. The list grows for people allergic to ragweed. It's not that you have to avoid these foods altogether says
Canned food usually doesn't prompt a reaction either. But if you can't bear to give up fresh fruits and veggies, just peel off the skin. That's where those allergy-inducing proteins usually hide.