Allergy Resources

Courgette Allergy


Key Allergens

Courgette, or zucchini as it is known in the USA very rarely causes food allergies.

None of the allergens in courgette have been recognised by the World Health Organisation, but it thought that the allergen responsible for causing allergic reactions are plant profilins.


Syndromes

Allergy to courgette has been linked to Latex Food Syndrome, this is caused by the body confusing the proteins it encounters in food to that of latex proteins to which it is already sensitised.


Cross Reactivity

Those with a sensitivity to latex may have linked allergies to foods which contain high levels of chitinase, like avocado, chestnuts, corn (maize), kiwi, papaya, pomegranate and tomatoes.

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