In my allergy pages I often refer to the named proteins which could be causing a person to suffer allergic reactions and people often ask me – what do they mean?
Allergenic proteins in food and pollen have names like Sol t 1, Bet v 1 and Pru p 1.
The first 3 letters indicate the genus of the plant the allergen comes from, the single lowercase letter indicates the species of the plant the allergen comes from and the number indicates which allergen we are referring to.
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