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Medical Edge: Pollen foods

CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- A new report says you may need to change your menu to help ease allergy symptoms this time of  year.

Hard to think that beautiful blooms or pretty flowers, trees and green grass could be anything but wonderful.  Especially after our long winter of discontent.  But the winter weather and the wet spring so far have this allergy season a strong one for those who have allergies 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.  These symptoms can be a runny nose or watery eyes.

Dr. Scott Woods said, "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 the American 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.
 
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, watermelon and 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.
 
CLICK HERE for a complete list of oral allergy syndrome foods.



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