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Allergies: gone after going Paleo...now they're back?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 19, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Anyone had any experience with allergy relief after going Paleo?

I was super pleased when my allergies disappeared after starting this WOE. I went from a commercial for Zyrtec in the spring and fall, to clear eyed, open sinuses nature lover in the span of a few weeks.

This year is different however. I can't tell if it's just a horribly bad allergy season this spring, or if I'm to blame and need to get strict with myself again. Disclosure: I drink. Quite a bit. Usually cider, and it's high in sugar. I also "indulge" myself with Hagen Dazs, probably too much. Fructose and immune response...connection?

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on April 21, 2012
at 02:17 AM

any alcohol is a vasodilator - opens up the blood vessels so more histamine will leak out. Histamine gives the allergy symptoms. I tell patients alcohol will make any preexisting allergy worse!

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on April 19, 2012
at 07:43 PM

I'd try this first. My severe seasonal allergies went away after just a few weeks of paleo, but they come back with a vengeance after drinking--especially if I drink beer. If that doesn't work: ditch that ice cream!

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on April 19, 2012
at 06:15 PM

yeah if you drink "quite a bit". I wouldn't consider yourself following the paleo diet, so you can't blame paleo for not working.

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 19, 2012
at 09:24 PM

I wouldn't completely put aside the aspect that allergies are seasonal- that is they can vary, from season to season. I thought my allergies had greatly improved then BAM two years ago a record pollen index, and the year after just as bad. It was just that I was getting less exposure to my major allergens. Could be a pretty sizable factor in your case.

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on April 19, 2012
at 06:13 PM

A hard night of drinking definitely causes flareups of inflammation, particularly with sneezing for me.

Skip the booze for a week. Your sleep will improve and I wouldn't doubt you'd feel better.

8c75fd947f7cece22c0770fa80549cbe

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on April 19, 2012
at 07:43 PM

I'd try this first. My severe seasonal allergies went away after just a few weeks of paleo, but they come back with a vengeance after drinking--especially if I drink beer. If that doesn't work: ditch that ice cream!

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20888)

on April 19, 2012
at 06:15 PM

yeah if you drink "quite a bit". I wouldn't consider yourself following the paleo diet, so you can't blame paleo for not working.

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510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on April 19, 2012
at 06:10 PM

I think you answered your question...were you "more paleo" last year? I know that over the years of doing paleo, I've become a little more lenient on what I eat (after slowly reintroducing things to make sure it's not going to be a problem). It's totally reasonable that you're just less strict then when it was all new to you and you hit something that's kicking off the allergies.

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on April 19, 2012
at 07:47 PM

Looks like your question contains the answer to your problem: sugar, dairy, alcohol! All are very inflammatory individually. Put them together and BAM perfect storm. My personal opinion (i.e. 'guess') is that the sugar in the ice cream and the cider is causing the biggest problem. If I were you, I would ditch ice cream all together. I'd also try to moderate the drinking or at least replace the cider with something less sugary. (Norcal margarita, perhaps? Or just some gin with diet tonic?)

Good luck with the allergies!

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on April 19, 2012
at 06:55 PM

This is my first season without crazy allergies, so I don't think the season itself is necessarily to blame, but I do get a little congestion when I have even the slightest bit of sugar (which was not the case this past winter). For me, I definitely attribute it to the additional sugar.

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on April 19, 2012
at 06:42 PM

I've been doing paleo for about 6 months now and my allergies have gotten way better. However, I still have to take a Zyrtec every night because I get hives. I've been trying to boost my vitamin C intake, but it's doing very little. Any particular foods I should be incorporating in my diet?

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on April 19, 2012
at 06:40 PM

My guess is that dropping the ice cream and any other dairy will make a huge difference.

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on April 19, 2012
at 06:17 PM

yes! I started paleo feb of 2011 and had no asthma/allergies that spring. It was wild! This March I got ridiculously sick, then had bad asthma/allergies for a few weeks. Now I'm back to normal (I hope!). Could have just been stress compromising my immune system and nothing to do with my diet. I think my diet has probably improved since starting paleo. I was 'stricter' in the beginning but I also didn't really know what i was doing. So it probably balances out. N=1!!

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