A small percentage of the population has an allergic reaction to corn when it is consumed, and the symptoms can vary from mild to fatal. In this article we look at everything you need to know about corn allergy.
If you suffer from corn allergy it means that you have a contacts allergy, also known as allergy type 1. Seafood and soy are also in this group to name but a couple. The allergy occurs as a result of the immune system reacting to the proteins within corn in the wrong way, a more detailed explanation follows.
This is how the whole process occurs. Once corn has been consumed the immune system is set off by the proteins within the corn. For some unknown reason the immune system sees these proteins as harmful foreign bodies and attacks them by using histamines and antibodies.
The symptoms of the allergy are caused by the chemicals that the immune system has released to fight the so called harmful foreign body. If you are one of the unfortunate people who suffer from corn allergy it is very important that you visit your doctor. He or she will be able to carry out tests that will allow him or her to properly diagnose your condition. Your doctor will then be able to recommend the best treatment option depending on how severe your allergy is, this will be discussed later on in the article.
The symptoms of an allergic reaction to corn include diarrhea, hives, watery eyes, skin rashes, and stomach cramps to mention but a few. In same cases the symptoms of corn allergy can be life threatening. If you suffer from this allergy it is highly recommended that you avoid foods that contain corn such as corn starch, corn syrup and cereal extract. You should also avoid soy sauce, enriched flower and gluten. Avoiding foods that contain corn will mean that you will have to read the labels of everything you eat.
The best form of treatment for someone with a corn allergy is to cut these foods out of your diet completely. This can be very tedious because corn proteins are an ingredient of many popular foods, however due to recent legislation labels must be clear and easy to read, so singling out these foods should not be difficult.
If you do suffer from an allergic reaction to corn, do seek medical advice because allergies tend to get worse with time, and the more contact you have with an allergen the worse the symptoms become. Eventually the symptoms can become so bad that they are life threatening, so it is very important to deal with your allergy.
How you decide to deal with your allergy depends on how serious it is. But what is important is that you deal with it.
This article looked at corn allergy, how it occurs, the symptoms and the best form of treatment for this allergy.
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