seasonal allergies

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Have you had little to no success with over-the-counter medications to combat the drippy nose and itchy eyes? Maybe you can do something more.

A group urgent care clinic physicians across the country have developed this list of food recommendations to help allergy sufferers fight the effects of springtime allergies.
  1. Eat bland foods. Skip the spicy foods. They can cause your body to produce more histamines. These are chemicals your body releases during allergic reactions, which cause sneezing, itchy watery eyes, runny nose, etc.
  2. Eat honey. Especially local honey, which contains the pollen causing your allergies. This will actually help build up your immunity towards those allergens.
  3. Drink green tea (hot or cold). It contains natural antihistamines and can help reduce your symptoms.
  4. Eat more fish. Omega-3s found in fatty fish, like salmon, trout or tuna boost have anti-inflammatory properties and can boost your immunity.
  5. Eat pineapple. It’s packed with vitamins C and B, and the enzyme Bromelain, which can reduce swelling in the nose and sinuses.
They also recommend avoiding following:
  1. Alcohol: Even one glass of wine or an alcoholic beverage could irritate existing allergies during allergy season. Researchers think the bacteria and yeast in the alcohol produce histamines.
  2. Cow’s Milk: Products made from cow’s milk can increase mucus production, especially if you experience post nasal drip. However, goat’s milk has much less lactose and causes almost no allergies.
  3. Tomatoes: Tomatoes are rich in histamines and share similar proteins to those found in pollen. If you eat them on high pollen-count days, the tomato proteins may cross-react with pollen and could cause what is known as “oral allergy syndrome.” Hint: if grass pollen gives you a scratchy throat, eliminate fresh tomatoes from your springtime diet.
  4. Sugar: Avoid sweets during allergy season. A spike in blood sugar triggers an insulin response and that can lead to congestion.
If you suffer from allergy symptoms lasting more than a few days, we recommend you stop in to be checked out by a New England Urgent Care Provider.

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