Diet and Pollen Allergies: Top Foods to Avoid

Diet and Pollen Allergies: Top Foods to Avoid

Diet and Pollen Allergies

We recently discussed grass pollen allergies and some ways to help counteract your symptoms from seasonal allergic rhinitis, but did you know that what you eat could also be adding to your misery? While pollination from trees, grass, and flowers often incites hay fever in many, there is also a connection between your diet and pollen allergies. It’s true, because of cross-reactivity, certain foods can trigger pollen allergies when ingested or handled. Also known as oral allergy syndrome, pollen-food syndrome is when the proteins of the pollen you are sensitive to, resembles the proteins of certain vegetables, fruits, and nuts. When this happens, your body can not differentiate between the food protein and the pollen, and an allergic reaction occurs. However, the type of allergens (weed, grass or tree) you are sensitive to may dictate which foods you receive a reaction from.

Symptoms associated with oral allergy symptom typically appear within a half an hour. For those who experience food-pollen allergy syndrome, when you handle or eat an offending food the following symptoms may occur:

• Watery, itchy eyes
• Tingling or itching in the throat
• Swollen, burning, or itchy lips
• Runny nose
• Sneezing
• Scratchiness on roof of mouth
• Itchy skin
• Skin rash

While this is not a one-size-fits-all guide, avoiding these foods could help you get relief from your allergy symptoms. If you are pollen-sensitive, gain control by learning which foods you may be vulnerable to.

Allergic to Grass Pollens? Avoid:

• Figs
• Tomatoes
• Peas
• Melons (Watermelon, Cantaloupe, And Honeydew)
• Oranges
• Peanuts
• Tomatoes
• Pears
• Cherries
• Swiss Chard
• Peaches
• Celery
• Kiwi
• White Potato
• Wheat

Allergic to Weed Pollens? Avoid:

• Hibiscus
• Melons
• Dandelions
• Cantaloupe
• Chamomile
• Artichoke
• Cucumber
• Echinacea
• Bananas
• Peas
• Zucchini
• Sunflower Seeds

Allergic to Mugwort Pollens? Avoid:

• Garlic
• Apples
• Broccoli
• Cauliflower
• Mustard
• Parsley
• Bell Peppers
• Carrots
• Celery
• Onion
• Black Pepper
• Aniseed
• Fennel
• Coriander
• Caraway

Allergic to Tree Pollens? Avoid:

• Cherries
• Apples
• Plums
• Kiwis
• Soybeans
• Parsley
• Carrots
• Peanuts
• Almonds
• Hazelnuts
• Fennel
• Aniseed
• Caraway
• Coriander

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