The hay fever season has begun. I’ve been sneezing, snuffling and mopping my streaming eyes for the last few weeks now and this prompted me to find out exactly what causes my hay fever. From March to May, pollens from trees such as Birch, Hazel and Alder are the most common cause. Mould spores and weeds can also cause hay fever. From May to July, grass and flowers are in profusion, so if you’re really unlucky and are allergic to grasses and trees you could be suffering from March to July. Not a pleasant thought.
What I find even more interesting is that there could be a link between hay fever and vegetable and fruit allergies. I read a recent article entitled “Fruit and vegetable allergies soaring surpassing peanut allergies” by Jasmine Jafferali, Chicago Family Health Examiner, posted on LinkedIn Food Allergies Forum, which goes into detail about recent research findings in the US. It’s fascinating reading for anyone suffering from hay fever and multiple vegetable and fruit allergies and intolerances, as I do.
The article suggests the following links between hayfever triggers and fruit and vegetable sensitivity:
- Ragweed (weed): melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew), bananas, cucumbers and zucchini (peppers).
- Birch (tree): potatoes, carrots, cherries, celery, apples, pears, plums, peaches, parsnip, kiwi, hazelnuts and apricots.
- Mugwort (weed): celery, carrots, various spices.
- Grasses: tomatoes, potatoes, peaches
I have an intolerance to celery, hazelnuts and tomatoes, which appears to span all four hay fever culprits in this list, but I know that I can eat apricots, carrots, parsnips, apples, melons, cherries, pears, plums, peaches, potatoes and peppers with no problem. I’m not entirely sure whether kiwi, banana and cucumber are causing me a problem and need to do some controlled food introductions to test this. Various spices could mean anything and I’d rather not consider this being another thing to avoid
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I would be really interested to hear from anyone who thinks this link could be real. Allergies and intolerances are on the increase but no one knows why. Will we ever have the answers? or will we just find more and more unanswered questions? What do you think?