Cold Allergies? These foods can flare up your symptoms in winter

Do you suffer from any type of recurring symptoms every year during winters? If Yes, then possibly you are having seasonal allergy which is a serious health concern. These seasonal allergies can get worse, if not taken into consideration for longer times. The reason behind the most common types of allergies during winters like cold and skin allergy is increased production of mucus or phlegm triggered due to infections and viruses in our respiratory system. Some common types of allergies which reoccur every winter are flaky or itchy skin, eczema, sore throat, sinusitis, sneezing, cough, fever, flu, runny/stuffy nose, etc. In order to minimize the negative effects of these allergies, people should avoid certain foods that can increase nasal inflammation, congestion, or discomfort. Normally, allergies last for 3-5 days but these recurring seasonal allergies may last for quite a few weeks.

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There is a misconception that only chilled foods and beverages like ice-creams or cold-drinks can affect your throat or cause lung infections. However, there are a number of other foods as well which can negatively impact your whole respiratory tract system. Some of these foods are listed below which you should consume carefully if you are suffering from cold allergies.

Refined flour and sugar - Sugar is one of the inflammatory ingredients which can weaken the effectiveness of white blood cells which work as infection-fighting agents. Similarly, refined flour which contains simple carbohydrate turns into sugar very quickly and can adversely affect your immunity as well as free breathing. 

Refined flour and sugar


Chocolate - The deliciousness of chocolate is always tempting for children as well as adults, but chocolates are prepared by mixing various ingredients like cocoa powder, sugar, trans fat, addictive chemicals, emulsifiers, etc. These ingredients can affect our immunity and may trigger production of mucus that can directly block the respiratory system. 



Bakery foods and sweets - Generally, all the bakery items like cakes, pastries, donuts, rolls, muffins, and a variety of sweets are considered as unhealthy foods because of the presence of trans-fat, artificial sweeteners, chemicals, and preservative in them. They directly affect our immune system making us prone to infectious diseases. The cream and white flour sticks to our throat making it itchy and sore in the cold weather.

Bakery foods and sweets


Fruits - Fruits are always recommended by health experts, however a few of them might not go well during the winter season. In case of nasal discomfort and itchy throat, people should avoid cooling fruits like banana, guava, pineapple, etc as they increase mucus production and can cause sinus congestion or sinusitis.



Deep-fried foods - Deep-fried food contains inflammation enhancing properties and also acts as allergens causing irritating cough and itchy throat. They also contain more histamine which is otherwise good for our body but during cold and cough, they cause allergic reactions and increase mucus formation. 

Deep-fried foods


Alcohol or any carbonated drinks - Consuming alcohol and carbonated drinks during cold or any other seasonal allergy can be harmful for your health as they impact overall immunity and respiratory system. While alcohol gives you sense of warmth, it can also lead to dehydration, hypothermia (a dangerous drop in body temperature), kidney diseases, obesity, etc.

Alcohol or any carbonated drinks


Dairy products - Milk and other dairy products increase congestion and trigger production of mucus which can block nasal passage and create difficulty in breathing. But, consuming freshly prepared milk items in the form of turmeric milk and fresh homemade curd during the day in a limited amount can be safe. Avoid cheese and butter to suppress the discomfort of cold allergies. 

Dairy products


Note: It is important to note that every food reacts differently and any kind of allergy or symptoms vary from person to person. So, if you want to avoid these recurring allergic symptoms, try avoiding the above foods. If you are suffering from any health condition, then get in touch with a dietician to get personalized food suggestions.

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