Spring allergies got you down? Research suggests that following the right
diet may help ease allergy symptoms in some people.
For example, clear soups can help thin mucus and clear nasal passages. Some
studies suggest that the probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus strain L-92, often
added to yogurt or milk, may help ease Japanese cedar-pollen allergy. Vitamin C
may help minimize many spring allergy symptoms.
WebMD turned to two nutritional experts for their advice on foods to help
Symptoms only at certain times of the year. Your allergies tend to get worse in spring, summer, and fall, when pollen is in the air. If your symptoms last all year, you may have indoor allergies to things like pet dander and dust mites.
Seeing a Doctor
Many people can keep symptoms in check with over-the-counter medications like antihistamines and decongestants. If your symptoms are keeping you from enjoying your life, it's time to see an allergist.
The allergist can do tests to find out what kind of pollen you're allergic to and together you can decide on a treatment plan. It may include medication and allergy shots.
Knowing what triggers your allergies can also help you reduce symptoms. Pay attention to pollen counts and stay inside on high-pollen days. Consider replacing plants that you're allergic to and your lawn with a lower-pollen type of grass.