Five Surprising Allergy Triggers

Your diet looks like a Carmen Miranda headpiece.

During hayfever season, eating certain fruits and nuts can cause an allergic reaction called pollen-food allergy syndrome. Consider it a case of mistaken identity. When pollen counts are high, your body is ultra-sensitive to anything that resembles your allergen, and unfortunately, the proteins in fruits and pollen are like Mary-Kate to Ashley, explains Jacqueline Eghrari-Sabet, M.D., founder of Family Allergy and Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

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For example, people with birch or alder tree allergies may swell up from munching on apples, carrots, celery, hazelnuts, peaches, cherries and pears. Also, grass allergies could cause a reaction to eating tomatoes. If you don’t want to give up your favorite fruit, cooking or peeling it usually solves the problem, suggests Dr. Eghrari-Sabet.

 

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