Allergy season is in full swing, and many of us are looking for anything that can give us relief from the headaches, itchy eyes, sneezing, and constant fatigue record-high pollen counts are causing. With that in mind, we chatted with Dr. Clifford Bassett, author of The New Allergy Solution: Supercharge Resistance, SlashMedication, Stop Suffering. He shared the surprising phenomenon that’s making your allergies worse, and exactly how to feel better.

Many people who suffer from seasonal allergies might be surprised to discover that they’re more sensitive to certain foods during allergy season. This phenomenon is called oral allergy syndrome (OAS) and is the most common food allergy observed in adults that suffer from seasonal allergies. OAS is characterized by an itchiness in the mouth and throat after eating certain pollen-interactive foods and is most common in people who suffer from seasonal tree pollen allergy, notably to “birch pollen.”

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