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10 foods to avoid if you suffer from seasonal allergies


A seasonal allergy is usually defined as an allergic reaction to a trigger that is typically only present for parts of the year, such as spring or fall. This type of allergy means the sufferer is allergic to pollen from trees, weeds, and grasses. In contrast, perennial allergies are present all year round and occur in reaction to allergens such as pet dander and house dust mite. In the case of molds, they can cause either seasonal or perennial allergy.


The main reason for a runny nose and a fever that accompanies a seasonal allergy is a histamine overdrive. Histamine fights alien invaders such as allergens but overproduction can backfire causing sneezing, itching and watery eyes. 


Foods that contain histamine in them can also cause an allergy with symptoms manifesting as sneezing, coughing, headaches and itching. As such these foods are to be avoided if you are prone to seasonal allergy attacks.


Here are 10 foods to avoid if you suffer from seasonal allergies:
Parsley
Parsley being a cross reactor to pollen released by Alder or Birch trees can cause OAS or Oral Allergy Syndrome when consumed. If you are allergic, there will be a burning sensation in your throat. 
Tomatoes
Tomatoes cross react to pollens released by grass and Silver Birch trees. So, if these trigger allergies in you then avoid eating tomatoes. Tomatoes are also rich in histamine which may worsen your condition.
Blue Cheese
High in Histamine, Blue Cheese can cause an itchy throat, sneezing, nasal congestion and watery eyes. Avoid eating it as much as possible.
Almond
Sadly, one among your favorite nuts cross reacts to pollen from the Birch tree and can cause a bad reaction. Avoid almond milk or almond flavored cookies too, to stay allergy free.
Wine
Anything fermented has a lot of histamine in it. In the case of wine, it is fermented grapes that can trigger an instant reaction. Wine also contains sulfites which can trigger asthma. Resist taking a sip. 
Bananas
Bananas are an absolute no-no for those allergic to ragweed pollen. They can worsen your sneezing and coughing. Choose another fruit instead after consulting with your doctor.
Celery
Though a flavorful herb in its own right, Celery worsens an allergic reaction, especially if it has been caused by exposure to pollen from trees and weeds. Best avoided during the peak season for seasonal allergies.
Chamomile Tea
If you are allergic to ragweed pollen then the soothing properties of chamomile tea are not for you. Your allergy will only worsen if you have this tea so drink plain tea instead.
Cantaloupe
This sweet, aromatic melon isn’t for you if you are allergic to ragweed pollen. Eat some other fruit instead and one that won’t trigger a reaction.
Sunflower Oil
Though sunflower oil is good for the heart, it will trigger a reaction in anyone who has a reaction to Mugwort weed pollen. And if you are one of them, it will make you sneeze so much that you will decide to avoid using it altogether.

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