You probably already know that peaches and apples can exacerbate allergy symptoms in people with pollen allergies, but it turns out celery can do the same thing. According to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, both cooked and uncooked celery can cause swelling of the throat, lips, and tongue, so if you have a pollen, grass, or birch allergy, you’ll probably want to steer clear. Plus, be sure you read the labels on pre-packaged foods—celery is often a hidden ingredient in foods such as salad dressings, broths, and soups. This is the worst advice allergy docs have ever heard.
Your trusty contacts can worsen or even cause allergies, says Julie Kuriakose, MD, co-founder of Hudson Allergy. How? The proteins from the tears that bind to the surface of your lenses can irritate your conjunctiva—the thin mucous lining that covers the whites of your eyes and the inside of your eyelids—which can cause redness, itching, swelling, sensitivity to light, large bumps on the inside your eyelids (aka giant papillary conjunctivitis), and discharge. Luckily, you can minimize your symptoms by simply taking good care of your contacts. Use disposable lenses, which prevents that buildup of protein, and never, ever sleep in them (not even once). Your doctor may also recommend that you take a break from wearing contacts for a bit, that you switch lens solutions, or that you use eyedrops. These are other secrets eye doctors won’t tell you.