When spring is in full swing, coughing and sneezing come right along with it. And snacking with abandon might be making things worse. It's true! Some foods can trigger the same reaction you get from inhaling a handful of pollen - and no one wants that. Keep reading to find out what foods you should stay away from until allergy season ends.
Unfortunately, some of our favorite veggies come from the same plants that give us allergies. If you have tree-pollen or weed-pollen allergies, you might want to stay away from celery. It could possibly cause an oral allergic reaction, like a sore throat or an itchy mouth.
Though you may be looking forward to that next happy hour, it might be a better idea to skip it if you have seasonal allergies. Alcohol dilates blood vessels, which can temporarily cause a little bit of a stuffy and/or runny nose. If you're already fighting inflamed sinuses, it won't help.
We love our stinky cheeses. But blue cheese is chock full of histamines, which can lead to itchy and watery eyes and nasal congestion during allergy season.
If you're allergic to alder or birch, steer clear of parsley. During peak season it can possibly trigger allergic reactions similar to what you're already feeling.
Fact: in adults up to 60% of all food allergic reactions are due to "cross-reactions between foods and inhalative allergens". That means that some foods cause the same allergies as pollen... and almonds are one of them. So put these on the no list.
If you're allergic to ragweed it's best to stay away from chamomile tea. While other teas may have a soothing affect during allergy season this tea can worsen your symptoms.