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6 Foods That May Help Curb Your Allergies

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Seasonal sniffles, sneezes, and itches got you down? There are things you can eat that may ease your allergy symptoms. No food is a proven cure. But fruits and vegetables are good for your whole body. They're full of nutrients that can keep you healthy. They may also protect you from seasonal allergies.

Try these items:

  • - Onions
  • - Kiwi
  • - Pineapple...

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By Kerri-Ann Jennings
Medically Reviwed by Luqman Seidu, MD

allergy specialist

What about pollen-food syndrome?

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People with hay fever can suffer from pollen-food syndrome. Also known as oral allergy syndrome, it occurs when the body’s immune system reacts to allergens found in pollen as well as in certain raw fruits, vegetables, or tree nuts. The following are some examples of types of pollen associated with certain foods:

  • - Alder: apples, cherries, peaches, pears, celery, almonds, and hazelnuts;
  • - Birch: apricots, cherries, nectarines, tomatoes, carrots, and walnuts;
  • - Grass: melon, oranges, watermelon, potatoes, and peanuts;
  • - Ragweed: bananas, cantaloupe, honeydew, cucumbers, squash, and zucchini.

By Kathleen Hall
Medically Reviwed by Justin Laube, MD

allergy specialist

25 Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Home

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The air inside our homes can be two to five times as polluted as the air outside—bad news, especially for the more than 20 percent of us who suffer from allergies. And research suggests that that percentage is increasing steadily. "For one thing, climate change and rising carbon dioxide levels have created an environment that's more hospitable to the growth of allergens such as mold," says Jay Portnoy, MD, director of allergy, asthma and immunology at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. Read the others ways to allergy-proof your home.

By Hallie Levine, health.com

allergy specialist

7 things you have to know about allergies

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Allergy symptoms can make you feel pretty miserable at times. Exposure to your triggers — from grass pollen and ragweed to pet dander and dust mites — can lead to a full-blown allergy attack. You can’t stop sneezing, your nose runs, your head hurts, and your eyes become itchy and watery. However, working with an allergy specialist can help you find relief. You'll learn important steps to minimize exposure to your triggers and get a treatment plan to help prevent or manage allergy symptoms. .

By Beth W. Orenstein
Medically Reviewed by Farrokh Sohrabi, MD

allergy specialist

The best flowers
for allergy sufferers

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Allergic people can't like flowers? It's a myth! Actually, there are flowers that even people with pollen allergies can enjoy. So, if you suffer from allergy or if you want to offer a bouquet to a person with allergies, here are the flowers you should better choose:

  • - Hydrangea,
  • - Tulips,
  • - Geranium,
  • - Roses,
  • - Cactus.

You'll have fewer worries with these plants as in the main, pollen from pretty, colorful flowers is large and sticky. That means it doesn't travel far through the air, and you generally don't breathe it in.

WebMD Medical Reference
Reviewed by William Blahd, MD

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How to stop
winter allergies?

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Most people don't associate winter with allergies, but allergies persist into and through the cold months. Indeed, as we already said, indoor allergens, like dust mites, dander, and mold, can make winter allergy season, too. We should notice that winter allergies do pose slightly different problems than they do during other seasons. Let's discover how to avoid them and minimize triggers.

John Briley
Medically Reviewed by Bhargavi Patham, MD, PhD

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Most allergy threats
are inside

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These allergy mistakes you don't want to make

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Do you suffer year-round with itchy, watery eyes, sinus pressure, and nasal congestion? Maybe you are looking for the best medicine for allergies and have yet to find relief. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you know your sneezy, wheezy symptoms can continue for months at a time no matter what time of year it is. In order to fully enjoy family moments, here are some ways to reduce your exposure to allergens.

Marie Suszynski
Medically Reviewed by Justin Laube, MD

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Be aware of dog breeds before choosing the one you will offer for Christmas

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What do you do when you love dogs, but you or a family member is allergic? You do what many people do: Get one of a number of dog breeds touted as hypoallergenic. They’re described as the best types of dogs for people with dog allergies because they tend to shed less than other breeds. Find out more...

Mikel Theobald
Medically Reviewed by Justin Laube, MD

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Do you know what is an allergic reaction?

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Some people sneeze like crazy. Others get itchy hives or watery eyes. But whatever the reaction, it boils down to one thing: allergies. Why Allergic Reactions Happen?

WebMD Medical Reference
Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar, MD

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How can you recognize allergies
from a cold?

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Sneezing, Coughing, Red and stuffy nose? Does it sounds familiar?
Allergic rhinitis is no longer restricted to specific seasons or environments. Multiple environmental factors such as pollution, stress and indoor air quality… may play a role.
Allergies can cause a range of symptoms that will depend on the type of allergy you may have or develop. Thus, keep track of your symptoms to recognize allergies from a cold. Find out more...

By Kathleen Hall
Medically Reviewed by Justin Laube, MD

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Do fall allergies have you hiding out in your home?

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Fall has just begun and allergens didn't go away... So, be aware of those which could bother you and take a look at those 8 tips for allergy relief. Get back to enjoying the great outdoors with these allergy management tips.

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By Wyatt Myers
Medically Reviewed by Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD

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Weeds pollen and allergens are still there

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Enjoy the outdoors with allergies

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Fed up with your summer allergy ? Good news! Finish to barricade yourself indoors all summer long. Here are 7 ways to cope with your allergy symptoms and enjoy the season having fun outdoors.
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These tips are recommended by Ronald H. Saff, MD, an allergist with the Allergy and Asthma Diagnostic Treatment Center in Tallahassee, Florida.

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How to cope
with your spring allergies?

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It has already been two months that spring has arrived! In order to help you cope with your spring allergies, here is a kind reminder:

  • 1- Try to stay indoors whenever the pollen count is very high. The counts usually peak in the mornings.
  • 2- Keep your doors and windows closed during the spring months to keep allergens out. An air purifier may also help.
  • 3- Clean the air filters in your home regularly. Also, clean bookshelves, vents, and other places where pollen can collect.
  • 4- Wash your hair after going outside, because the allergen can collect there.
  • 5- Vacuum twice a week. Wear a mask, because vacuuming can kick up pollen, mold, and dust that were trapped in your carpet. Don't forget to chew a SniZtop(R) tablet before going outside :)
spring allergies

How to deal
with your allergy?

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Spring is here! So the pollens... Here are some advice to deal with it:

  • - Every morning, check an online pollen tracker to know when pollen counts are high.
  • - Keep your furnace filter clean.
  • - Use your car's air recirculation option while driving.
  • - Stay indoors when counts are high and keep your windows closed if possible.
  • - Use sunglasses to decrease allergen exposure to your eyes.
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Flowers pollen
is coming

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DUST MITES, the n°1 culprit of indoor allergens

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Dust mites thrive in warm and humid environements, when the weather is wet and houses are well heated and less ventilated.

How to control dust mites allergy? Killing off dust mites at home is possible by changing their environment:

  • - Weekly changing the bed linen, washing with hot water.
  • - Most dust mites die when humidity levels are below 50%. A dehumidifier or air conditioner can help maintain a lower humidity level at home.
  • - Regular venitlating of the room, every day, even several times a day in dry weather.
  • - Banishing carpets, rugs, and other dust mites nests.
  • - Use of dust-mite-proof pillowcases and linen.
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Indoor and outdoor allergens

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Winter is not only about dust mites allergies… Did you know some pollens exist in Winter season? Hazel, alder, ash…

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