Although it is not a common allergy, people can be allergic to strawberries. The symptoms of a strawberry allergy range from mild to very severe.

Strawberries are a favorite fruit for many Americans. The United States produced an estimated of strawberries in 2014 alone. In many areas, strawberries are available all year round in local grocery stores.

Many other foods contain strawberries, and people who are allergic to these berries may also be allergic to other fruits from the same family of plants. While allergic reactions to strawberries tend to be mild, it is possible for people to have a life-threatening response.

In this article, we provide the information that people need to know if they suspect that they have a strawberry allergy.

When a person has a strawberry allergy, they are likely to experience only mild to moderate symptoms. These symptoms can occur within a few minutes or up to a few hours after eating or coming into with strawberries.

The most common symptoms of a strawberry allergy include:

On rare occasions, strawberries can cause a life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. The symptoms of anaphylaxis are severe and can include:

  • a rapid pulse rate
  • a swollen tongue
  • a swollen throat that blocks the airway
  • a substantial drop in blood pressure
  • dizziness and lightheadedness
  • fainting

It is vital to get immediate medical care for anyone showing signs of anaphylaxis. People with a severe allergy should always carry an EpiPen, which is an injectable medication that counteracts a severe allergic reaction.

People have a higher risk of food allergies if they have the following:

  • a family history of food allergies
  • a birch pollen allergy
  • asthma
  • eczema

Young children may have a higher risk of developing an allergy to a particular food if they do not get exposure to it early in life. The introduction of some foods, such as strawberries, later in life can sometimes trigger an allergic reaction.