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Spring is coming!! The right time to talk about respiratory allergies. Not everyone knows it but nutrition plays an important role in reducing the hassles of allergies from pollen!
The most common respiratory allergies are caused by mites (dust) and pollens.
The disorders that can cause are the most varied: conjunctivitis, rhinitis, cough, asthma, itching in the mouth and throat. All this is due to an abnormal reaction of the immune system that produces histamine, responsible for all these annoying symptoms.
Contact with certain foods in patients with respiratory allergies may worsen the symptoms for a cross-reaction. That is, in many foods there are molecules similar to those of respiratory allergens, which activate the immune system like pollen. The most frequent symptom is itching in the mouth and throat: the allergic oral syndrome. It is therefore very important to know the cross reactivity between plants and foods.
An incorrect diet therefore, due to an allergenic similarity between pollen and plant foods, can worsen the allergic symptoms.
The main recommendation remains to avoid consuming these foods.
The pollen respiratory allergies have a seasonal trend, so they raise in a certain period of the year, the one in which the plant blooms. Among the most frequent allergens there are grasses, but there are allergies to pollen from other plant species such as birch, hazel, cypress, olive, platanus, parietaria.
Let’s now look at what foods to avoid during the pollination period. I advise you, however, to contact your family doctor to inform you about the pollen calendar, and follow the advice on nutrition. In addition, your doctor may, if necessary, suggest an antiallergic therapy to be done throughout the period of pollination.
These are the cross-reactions between pollens and food.
Apple, pear, banana, medlar, peach, cherry, apricot, plum, kiwi, raspberry, strawberry, carrot, celery, fennel, peanuts, hazelnut, almond.
Chicory, parsley, celery, carrot, fennel, lettuce, pumpkin, chamomile, banana, watermelon, apple, melon, peanut, walnut, hazelnut, pistachio, sunflower oil, margarine.
Pea, bean, peanut, pistachio, soy, melon, kiwi, cherry, blackberries, potato, basil, nettle.
Celery, barley, oats, corn, rice, rye, wheat, kiwi, watermelon, peach, plum, citrus, melon, apricot, cherry, tomato, beets, almond, peanut.
Have you never thought about it ??? Look at how peanuts are present in all groups, and kiwis in 3 groups.
Finally some general tips: travel by car with the windows closed and use an anti-pollen filter; wash your hair often as the pollen can settle on them and consequently on the pillow of your bed; Keep your terrace or garden clean.
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