Can What We Eat Affect Seasonal Allergies?


If waking up one day and you can’t stop sneezing, coughing while your nose is itchy and your eyes are red and watery, you are highly likely among the group of people who have got seasonal allergies. This kind of health concern is common among the population. Being aware of having seasonal allergies, you should pay attention to the diet since what you eat may affect this health problem.

What is seasonal allergies?

Seasonal allergy is usually called hay fever or seasonal allergic rhinitis. It is allergy symptoms that happen at some certain times of the year. The possible cause is that outdoor molds at that time release their spores and other trees, grasses, weeds release their pollens into the air. The immune system of the person who is allergic to those particles starts to treat invaders by releasing chemicals. It is those chemicals that causes the allergy symptoms.

The symptoms are various, including:

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy nose or throat
  • Coughing
  • Red or runny nose
  • Nasal congestion

Those symptoms sometimes do together with red, itchy, watery eyes which is called allergic conjunctivitis.

Which food can affect seasonal allergies?

There are many kinds of food that can worsen seasonal allergy. People who suffer from this health concern need to avoid consuming them.


Parsley is considered a cross-reactor. It can make seasonal alleries worse if the eaters are allergic to tree pollens.


When a person is having seasonal allergies, their body produce histamines to react to the invaders. Likewse, tomatoes are rich in histamines and it is one of the known cross reactors just like parsley. Thus tomatoes are not a good choice if people are suffering from seasonal allergies.

Blue cheese

Blue cheese is also high in histamines. It can promote itchy, watery, red eyes… almost every symptoms of seasonal allergies.


Almonds together with some other nuts may worsen allergies among those who are allergic to tree pollens. Products from almonds like almond milk or almond-flour cookies has the same effects. Thus, the victimshad better avoid eating them.


Wine is made from fermented grapes which is rich in histamines. Besides, wine can provoke asthma which is a serious health problem. Hence, seasonal allergies sufferers must stay away from wine if they do not want their condition gets worse.


Ragweed allergies will become more serious if the sufferer consumes banana.


Tree pollen and weed pollen allergy symptoms will get worse if the victims eat celery.

Chamomile tea

Hot tea can reduce the symptoms of coughing. However, if a person is allergic to ragweed, they should avoid chamomile tea.

When having seasonal allergies, people needs to pay extra attention to the cause factors, the weather and also their diet. Some food may cause the allergies while other may worsen the situation. Be alert all the times to stay healthy.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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