Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Certain tree pollen can set off allergies to certain foods

Loyola says the Midwest's tree pollen count is mostly birch and oak--which can trigger allergies to carrots, celery, and almonds. Also linked to those trees' pollen are apples, peaches, and pears.

More than 45 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies.

Those with grass allergies should avoid melon, tomatoes and oranges.

Ragweed allergies are linked to bananas, cantaloupe, cucumber, zucchini, and chamomile tea.

Allergies can run the gamut of reactions, but difficulty breathing and itchy rashes mean a trip to the doctor or maybe even the ER.

If you are allergic, wash your hair before sleeping to get rid of pollen.

Rinse your nostrils with saline daily to wash out irritants.

Keep windows closed.

Run the AC or air purifier.

Leave outdoor gear such as shoes and backpacks outside on the porch.

Wear a mask or hankie over your mouth when doing yard work.

Nature is not always your buddy.

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