Spring means flowers, spring break, warmer weather – and for some people seasonal allergies. According to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America, seasonal allergy symptoms can affect up to 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children. That is a lot of sneezing and itchy eyes!

The good news is there are things you can do to reduce your allergy symptoms.

Tips to Reduce Seasonal Allergies

The best thing to do is to reduce your exposure. Unlike with food allergies, where the goal is to reduce your exposure to zero, with pollen allergies the best you can do is minimize the amount of exposure. For example, it is totally worth it to hire a lawn service (or the teenager down the street) to mow your lawn and do other yard work.

Another good practice is to make a “no shoes in the house” rule so that none of that is tracked in. Maybe make a sign as a reminder, and to let guests know too.

If you get Allergic Living magazine, you might want to check out their article as well. It gives lots of great tips, including things like remembering to change your furnace filter. You might want to use these tips to create your own seasonal allergy spring cleaning checklist!

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Seasonal Allergies and Food Allergies

What many people don’t know is that there are certain foods that can make seasonal allergies worse. Certain foods have enzymes that are similar to the pollen that is causing your allergic symptoms. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology has a great list to cross reference as a starting point for your allergies. For example, if you are allergic to ragweed, you might notice some oral allergic responses from some melons and banana. This can be scary for people with food allergies if you don’t know what is causing the increase in symptoms. 

Of course, always check with your doctor for your own best treatment plan, and to ask how food and seasonal allergies may interact with you personally.

Allergy Friendly Spring Roll with Pear Dipping Sauce

Spring is not all pollen though – it can also inspire some fun recipes! Such as this allergy-friendly Spring Roll!

Recipe for Spring Rolls:

-Rice paper wrappers (choose a brand that is allergy-safe for your allergies)

Herbs (chopped or whole leaves):
-1 bunch of fresh basil
-Fresh mint
-Fresh cilantro (optional – some people have very strong opinions about cilantro!)

Veggies (sliced long and thing)
-Mango
-Avocado
-Red Bell Peppers
-Green lettuce leaves

Add any other veggies you like! Feel free to experiment!

Instructions:
Soak the rice paper until soft, layer the herbs and veggies in the rice paper, and roll up

Sauce:

-1 ZEGO Just Fruit Pear bar or 1 ZEGO Just Fruit Raspberry bar
-Juice of 1 lime
-Garlic cloves crushed (1-2)
-Tamari if not allergic
-Coconut aminos or miso
Add everything above to a food processor and blend until smooth

Enjoy!

What is your favorite spring recipe?