Certain foods could exacerbate spring allergies

A new report says that in order to ease your allergies, you may need to change your menu.

Health care providers are alerting patients to the discovered link between certain foods and their spring symptoms.

It's hard to think that these beautiful blooms, or pretty flowers, trees and green grass could be anything but wonderful, especially after this country's long winter. But the cold temperatures and the wet spring so far have made this allergy season a strong one for those who are allergic to grass, trees, or even pollen.

"Your health care provider can help you find the right prescription for easing many of the symptoms that set in with allergies -- which can be a runny nose, or watery eyes," said Dr. Scott Woods. And usually allergies itch, so itchy eyes, itchy nose, itchy roof of your mouth, or the back of your throat, etc., are all characteristic of allergies."

But so is something called Oral Allergy Syndrome. It's a collection of symptoms, according to theAmerican Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, which says those who are sensitive to pollen, may also experience a similar reaction when they eat raw fruits, vegetables or other foods that have a similar protein found in the pollen.

Health care providers often refer to this as pollen cross-reactivity, and they say if you are allergic to certain substances, certain foods may also bother your throat, or the top of your mouth, or your respiratory system.

For instance, foods such as apples, plums, celery, cherries and carrots may bother those who have allergies to birch pollen. For those with grass allergies, it's peaches, tomatoes, watermelonand oranges that might bug you.

And if you have ragweed allergies, bananas, cucumbers, honeydew and cantaloupe melons as well as zucchini might aggravate symptoms.

You may be able to reduce reactions from these foods by buying them canned, cooking or baking the food, or by removing the peel.

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Complete list of the foods connected to Oral Allergy Syndrome

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