No Sneeze, Please: Keeping End of Summer Hay Fever Symptoms At Bay

Summer is on the wane, and the trees, fields, grasses and weeds are getting drier in anticipation of autumn. In addition to still warm beautiful days, the late August/early September season can also be the season when some types of allergens really start to fly through the air. While many people are troubled by springtime allergies, for others, this heading-into-autumn time of year can be just as uncomfortable, bringing with it sniffles, sneezes, and other allergy symptoms.

What many hay fever sufferers may not realize is that some fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts that commonly cross-react with pollens can trigger, not only sneezes and sniffles, but also annoying oral reactions, such as itching, burning, tingling of the mouth, lips, tongue, and throat within minutes of consumption. If autumnal allergens are adding unwelcome irritation to your end-of-summer plans, here’s a list of otherwise healthy foods that can exacerbate the problem: 

  1. Alder: almonds, apples, celery, cherries, hazelnuts, peaches, pears, parsley, strawberry, raspberry
  2. Birch: almonds, apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, carrots, celery, cherries, chicory, coriander, fennel, fig, hazelnuts, kiwifruit, nectarines, parsley, parsnips, peaches, pears, peppers, plums, potatoes, prunes, soybeans, strawberries, wheat, and possibly walnuts
  3. Grass: melons, tomatoes, oranges, potatoes
  4. Mugwort: carrots, celery, coriander, fennel, parsley, peppers, sunflower
  5. Ragweed: artichoke, banana, chamomile, cucumber, dandelions, echinacea, hibiscus, melons (cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon)

Hayfever sufferers might consider keeping consumption of these foods to a minimum when symptoms are a problem and re-integrate them back into the diet as the seasonal symptoms subside. 

For more warm weather healthy living tips, check out Welcome Summer! 4 Simple and Wonderful Ways to Reignite Your Health This Summer

Kathie SwiftComment