Beware of foods that trigger your attacks

  • If you have seasonal allergies to ragweed, be aware that eating certain foods may trigger your symptoms. This is called oral allergy syndrome.
  • About one-third of people with fall seasonal allergies will have a cross-reaction to certain foods. Foods that might provoke symptoms in individuals with a ragweed allergy, include bananas, cucumbers, melons, zucchini, sunflower seeds, and chamomile tea.

Common food allergens:

  • Shellfish, such as shrimp, crab, and lobster.
  • Tree nuts, including walnuts, almonds, and pecans.
  • Peanuts.
  • Fruits, particularly strawberries, but also melons, pineapple, and other tropical fruits.
  • Tomatoes.
  • Fish.
  • Food additives such as dyes, thickeners, and preservatives. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a common food allergen in this category.

Foods that may cause intolerance include:

  • Wheat and other gluten-containing grains.
  • Cow’s milk and other dairy products.
  • Corn products.
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