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7 foods that could be making your spring allergies worse

By Lia Ryerson
March 07, 2019, 2:55:23 PM EST


Spring is just around the corner, and anyone who has experienced seasonal allergies knows that the uptick of pollen in the air is a recipe for watery eyes, runny noses and other unpleasant symptoms.

Allergies are mysterious, but if you suffer from them you might be surprised to discover that it’s possible to help minimize symptoms and alleviate flare-ups by adjusting your diet. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, an estimated one-third of pollen allergy patients may be affected by oral-allergy syndrome (OAS). When someone has OAS, certain foods that contain traces of pollen trigger reactions in the body, such as itchiness in the mouth and throat.

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If this phenomenon sounds familiar to you, or you just want to ensure you’re minimizing your risk of flare-ups as much as possible this season, here are some common foods that could actually be making your spring allergies worse.


1 &2. Pitted and Tropical Fruits

Watch out for pitted fruits, such as apricots, apples, plums, cherries, tomatoes and peaches. Additionally, some tropical fruits—such as kiwis and pineapples—can exacerbate your spring allergies.

3. Certain Veggies

Celery juiceis at the height of its popularity right now, but you’re probably better off avoiding it if you have spring allergies. Additionally, you should leave carrots, zucchinis and bell peppers off of your plate.

4. Fresh herbs

Avoid incorporating parsley or cilantro into your dishes.

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