Spring Allergies? Some Foods May Make Them Worse

SneezingIf you have a spring allergy, certain foods can make your symptoms worse. The allergy-causing proteins in pollen are similar to proteins found in some fruits and vegetables. Approximately 25% of people who suffer allergies find their immune system confuses these produce proteins for pollen and that can cause:

  • Itchy mouth, lips, tongue and back of throat
  • Tingling in your mouth
  • Throat and lips that feel swollen

If you're allergic to birch pollen, you may react to:

  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Hazelnuts
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Raw Potatoes

If you're allergic to ragweed pollen, you may react to:

  • Bananas
  • Melons (cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon)
  • Tomatoes

If you're allergic to grasses, you may react to:

  • Tomatoes

If you're allergic to mugwort pollen, you may react to:

  • Apples
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Kiwis
  • Peanuts
  • Certain spices (caraway seeds, parsley, coriander, anise seeds, fennel seeds)

To reduce the possibility of a reaction, try cooking produce. That can inactivate the allergic proteins. You may be able to tolerate the raw fruits or vegetables after the height of allergy season.

Source: Mayo Clinic

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