Can bee pollen cause a persistent dry cough?

I have been taking bee pollen--approximately on and off for about twenty years now. However, during the past couple of years I haven't been as consistent with taking it. About six months ago I started it up again by starting with a few grains and working my way up to about 1/2 tsp. In April I developed a dry hacking cough--usually in the morning, evening and after I eat. I have had this cough for over 4 months now and am starting to get worried as it is not going away. Could the bee pollen be the cause of this cough? Anyone with a similar experience?

Angela's Response:

What I would suggest is to stop taking the bee pollen for a week or two and monitor if your cough improves or not. Bee pollen could be causing the cough - you could have a pollen allergy. But since you've taken pollen for 20 years, I'd be quite surprised if this was the case. But, every body is very unique physiologically so the best thing to do with any supplement is to discontinue use for a short time and monitor your symptoms.

There is also the possibility that you do in fact have mild allergies that didn't 'appear' during the 20 years of taking pollen because you were supplementing and regularly taking it. By stopping the pollen, your allergies may have 'reappeared' during April, which is the peak allergy season for many.

You may also want to record a food diary and examine what/if any foods make your cough worse. The two big culprits I see regularly are dairy and wheat (gluten). Also check your air filter in your house and other potential environmental irritants.

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Jul 06, 2017
Bee pollen and cough
by: Javeed

I just started to take bee pollen and now I am having persistent cough and running nose. Don't know whether it is the bee pollen that has caused. But cough is not the first time. I have had the cough many times earlier.

Angela's comments:

Try stopping for a few days to see if your symptoms subside.

Jul 07, 2016
by: Anonymous

I have a lingering cough and am trying to figure out if it is the raw honey I'm eating. Several years ago a friend gave me a bottle of propolis. After taking it, I realized it was causing me to cough. I threw the bottle away and the cough went away. I love the taste of the raw honey with coffee, but am thinking of quitting it for a few weeks to see if my cough goes away.

It certainly could be, although it is unlikely. Try stopping for a few days and you'll likely have your answer.


Jun 09, 2016
Bee Pollen and mucus
by: Debbie

I was taking bee Pollen for allergies for about 2 or 3 months and ran out for a month until my local store got some more in from the local man they get it from, so I have been taking it for about 2 weeks now and I have been spitting up a lot of mucus. My question is, can it cause you to do this? My thought is that it is getting rid of some infection going on or some kind of impurities. If you would let me know if this can happen, thank you.

Hi Debbie,
Yes, it can cause this. Most likely it is an allergic response to the bee pollen.


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