Achoo Alert

By Melaina Juntti

Do fresh-picked peaches make you sneeze? Does chomping on celery tickle your tongue? Studies show that if you’re allergic to seasonal pollens, your immune system may mistake the proteins of certain raw fruits and veggies for those in pollen—causing you to wheeze, itch, or swell. These proteins live in fruit and vegetable skins, so cooking and peeling produce may help temper reactions.

If you're allergic to You may also be allergic to
Ragweed Cucumbers, cantaloupe, bananas, zucchini
Grass pollen Oranges, tomatoes, potatoes, celery
Birch pollen Peaches, apples, pears, cherries
Mugwort Kiwi, carrots, fennel, celery