When you have allergic rhinitis, it can be helpful to identify and avoid certain foods that may trigger or exacerbate your symptoms. While food allergies and allergic rhinitis are distinct conditions, some individuals with allergic rhinitis may experience cross-reactivity with certain foods due to similar proteins present in both allergens. This phenomenon is known as oral allergy syndrome.
Common foods associated with oral allergy syndrome and potential cross-reactivity in individuals with allergic rhinitis to birch, ragweed, or grass pollen include:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables: Apples, pears, peaches, cherries, plums, apricots, kiwi, melons, carrots, celery, parsley, and tomatoes.
- Nuts: Almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, and peanuts.
- Seeds: Sunflower seeds and sesame seeds.
- Spices: Coriander, anise, fennel, and caraway.
It’s important to note that not everyone with allergic rhinitis will experience oral allergy syndrome or have food triggers. Additionally, the specific food triggers can vary from person to person. It is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional or an allergist for a proper evaluation, diagnosis, and guidance on food avoidance based on your individual situation.
If you suspect that certain foods may be triggering your symptoms, an allergist may conduct allergy testing to identify specific food allergies or sensitivities. This will help determine which foods to avoid to minimize allergic reactions and manage your allergic rhinitis effectively.