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Three Weird Things That Can Trigger Allergies


A lot of the country is dealing with extremely high pollen counts right now.  And when allergies flare up, it's obviously best to stay inside, away from all the pollen in the air.


But here's a list from of three other allergy triggers you might not think about.


1.  Eating Certain Fruits and Nuts.  When pollen counts are high, it can cause an allergic reaction called pollen-food allergy syndrome. Basically, your body becomes extra sensitive, and can't tell the difference between pollen and the proteins in the fruit.For example, if you're allergic to the pollen from birch trees, you can have a reaction to apples, carrots, celery, peaches, cherries, and pears.  But with fruit or vegetables, pealing them usually solves the problem. Most nuts are fine, but hazelnuts can also cause a reaction.  And if you're allergic to grass clippings, eating tomatoes can trigger an allergy.


2.  Getting Drunk.  Research has shown that more than one drink per day can lead to more serious allergies than normal.  They aren't sure why, but it's possibly because of how alcohol messes with your immune system.


3.  Being a Cheapskate.  You've probably heard this, but most allergy medications work best if you take them BEFORE you have symptoms.  But a lot of people don't, because taking a pill every day gets too expensive. If that's the case, the best thing to do is pay attention to your local pollen report on websites like  Then when you see there's going to be a lot of pollen in the air, take a pill.



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