What can make allergies worse?
Bryce B. Wylde
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
Here are 5 things that can aggravate your suffering from allergies.

1) Immunity: Imbalanced immunity, chemical and allergic priming phenomenon.

2) Foods: You are eating foods that relate to your environmental allergies. This is called ''Pollen-Food Allergy" or oral allergy syndrome (OAS). Depending on the pollen cross-over, certain fruit, nuts, or veggies cause the person sensitive to the pollen to be sensitive to the related food.
  • Alder pollen: almonds, apples, celery, cherries, hazel nuts, peaches, pears, parsley, strawberry, raspberry
  • Birch pollen: almonds, apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, carrots, celery, cherries, chicory, coriander, fennel, fig, hazel nuts, kiwifruit, nectarines, parsley, parsnips, peaches, pears, peppers, plums, potatoes, prunes, soy, strawberries, wheat; Potential: walnuts
  • Grass pollen: fig, melons, tomatoes, oranges
  • Mugwort pollen: carrots, celery, coriander, fennel, parsley, peppers, sunflower
  • Ragweed pollen: banana, cantaloupe, cucumber, green pepper, paprika, sunflower seeds/oil, honeydew, watermelon, zucchini, echinacea, artichoke, dandelions, honey (if bees pollinate from wild flowers), hibiscus or chamomile tea
3) Letting in the outdoors: Opening windows as soon as there is nice weather, recycling air, improper ventilation, poor vacuum.

4) Taking pollens to bed: Taking pollens to bed with you!

5) When natural isn't good: Using natural remedies for other problems that also cause aggravate your allergies (ie. Chamomile, Echinacea, Dandelion, etc)

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About one out of five Americans suffers from allergies. An allergy is an exaggerated response from the immune system to a substance such as dust, pollen, pet dander or mold. Other common triggers include foods such as peanuts and ...

milk; insect bites; and certain ingredients in cosmetics and jewelry. Allergies can cause anything from rashes and hives to itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, and wheezing.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.