How can I minimize my allergic reaction to pollen?
Eating certain types of fruits and vegetables can increase your chances of having allergy symptoms, says allergy specialist Dr. Clifford Bassett. To find out which foods can be problematic, watch this Ask the Experts video.
So seasonal allergies can be triggered by not just what's in the air but what you're eating as well. And this is known as a cross-reaction between
the protein in the surface of the fruit that's similar to the protein that's in mother nature-- tree grass and wheat pollen.
Seasonal allergy sufferers don't realize that it's not just what's in the air that affects you if you have allergies to seasonal pollens,
but it may be what's in your mouth or what you eat. Particularly people who have tree pollen allergies in the spring, up to 70% of them may actually
have oral allergy syndrome-- itchiness of the mouth and throat. Worsening of their seasonal allergies as a result of eating apple, pears, stone fruits
such as peach, nectarine, cherry, even something as simple as hazelnut and coffee,
almond flavored beverages, carrots, celery, and the list goes on. Work with your allergist to prevent food-triggered pollen
allergies or an allergy attack from certain foods that you may be eating and not realize it. If you peel the fruit or cook the fruit, most of the time,
it knocks out most of the proteins, and you'll feel better. So seasonal allergies can be triggered by not just what's in the air but what you're eating as well.
And this is known as a cross-reaction between the protein in the surface of the fruit that's similar to the protein that's in mother nature--
tree grass and wheat pollens. And so cross-reaction, many people will suffer and not realize it. So plan ahead.
Work with an allergist and find out which fruits and vegetables and foods may aggravate your allergies, particularly if you have seasonal pollen allergies this year.
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