If you endure the itchy eyes, runny nose, and congestion of allergies, your doctor can recommend a variety of treatment options. The most common form of allergy treatment recommended is Immunotherapy, or allergy shots. Immunotherapy works by carefully introducing an allergen into your body. This process eventually allows you to be exposed to the triggers, without having an allergic response. But the foods you eat, or don’t eat, can also help stifle your sniffling, and lessen the severity of your symptoms. Here are 5 allergy-fighting foods and drinks you may want to try, or avoid entirely:
- Sip on a cup of green tea: Tea of any kind, but especially green tea, is great for people with allergies. Tea contains natural antihistamines, which makes it a great addition to your diet to reduce allergy symptoms. Histamine is a chemical that your body releases during allergic reactions. Enjoy a morning cup of hot tea when you wake up to help prevent morning sneezing.
- Run away from raw foods: Your immune system may mistake the plant proteins in certain fruits and vegetables for pollen, triggering a cross-reaction. This reaction increases allergy symptoms such as itching of the lips, mouth and throat shortly after eating the foods in their raw form. For example, bananas, melons and zucchini may cross-react in your body if you are allergic to ragweed, which is the most common fall allergy trigger. Apples, peaches and carrots can cause a cross-reaction if you’re allergic to pollen.
- Skip the spicy stuff: If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you can enjoy a diet of spicy foods during part of the year, but not when pollen counts are high. Spicy foods create an increased production of histamine, which bothers you when it’s added to the histamine produced by your seasonal allergies.
- Increase your vitamin C: Vitamin C can also help control allergy symptoms by acting as a natural antihistamine. However, it’s best to get your C from foods, not supplements. Oranges, red peppers and strawberries are some of the fresh foods best known for their vitamin C content.
- Yummy yogurt: Allergy sufferers should add yogurt and other sources of probiotics to their diet. Probiotics are known as friendly bacteria and are similar to bacteria found in your digestive tract. Probiotics, which you can get from yogurt, miso, and dietary supplements, can help regulate your immune system so you’ll have fewer allergy symptoms.
While these allergy-fighting foods can temporarily help your fall allergy symptoms, the only way to truly treat the underlying causes of seasonal allergies is to first undergo allergy testing. If you’re ready to finally find a long-term solution for your allergies, make an appointment with Dr. Pasha today!