Can food make those allergies even worse?

Posted 06/12/2013 | By HealthCorps

Allergy season is now full throttle.  Doctors now know that if you are allergic to specific types of pollen, then eating certain foods can make the allergy even worse.

Here are some crossover possibilities:

Allergic to tree pollens?  Consider avoiding almonds, apples, celery, cherries, hazelnuts, pears, and parsley

Allergic to weed pollens?  Consider avoiding carrots, celery, coriander, parsley, peppers, sunflower seeds, parsley

Allergic to grass pollens?  Consider avoiding melons, oranges, and tomatoes

Allergic to ragweed pollens?  Consider avoiding cucumbers, honeydew melons, bananas, cantaloupe, watermelon, zucchini, and chamomile tea.

You can try introducing each food that might cross-react with your allergy individually, to see if it instigates symptoms or makes allergy symptoms worse.  It’s a trial by error type approach, and as long as you do one food introduction at a time, you will easily be able to identify if it makes your pollen allergy worse or if it causes no change, and is safe to eat.

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