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Foods that Might Be Making Your Allergies Worse

By Sara Butler

Allergy season has been killer this year. In many places across the country, pollen counts are high, noses are runny, and eyes are itchy. But it’s not just the outside influences that can cause your allergies to worsen, it’s also what you’re putting into your body. Here are a few foods to consider that may be making your allergies worse.


Apples may keep certain doctors away, but not your allergist. Birch tree pollen wreaks a lot of havoc on people in the spring and summer and if you are allergic to this pollen, then eating an apple might make your symptoms worse. That’s because apples and birch tree pollen shares the same allergenic epitopes. In other words, eating apples in conjunction with being exposed to birch tree pollen causes your body to produce antibodies and have an allergic reaction.

Speaking of birch tree pollen, if you’re allergic to it, then you should probably avoid plums, cherries, apricots, and peaches too. They’ll all produce the same reaction as apples.


Pears are OK to eat if you have allergies -- as long as you peel them first. The peel, or skin, contains a protein that can cause you to have a reaction along with other environmental allergies that make your symptoms. Peeling or cooking them first will help to remove the protein and make it safe for you to eat.


If you have seasonal allergies, be on the lookout for peanuts! Several studies have shown a cross-reaction between peanuts and pollen due to a protein in peanuts that can compound the symptoms experienced with a pollen allergy.

Speaking of nuts, you may want to steer clear of almonds and hazelnuts if you find that peanuts make your allergy symptoms worse.


If you hate ragweed because of your allergies, then cucumbers may not be for you during allergy season. Cucumbers and ragweed have shown in studies to have a cross-reactivity that leaves you feeling more miserable.


If you suffer from seasonal allergies, then you may want to lay off the parsley garnish. This herb has shown that it cross-reacts with mugwort and birch tree pollen. So, be wary when you’re in the midst of your allergies of this simple herb.

Allergies can be terrible, but understanding how to keep them from getting worse is one way to fight back!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Katy, Tex.


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