If you have a corn allergy, you have what is called a contact allergy. This
occurs when the immune system overreacts to the protein that in corn
producing antibodies that are meant to fight off those corn proteins that are
The protein in corn triggers the immune system to react by releasing
antibodies and histamines into the blood in an endeavor to neutralize the
corn protein. If you have a bad corn allergy, you will need to carry an
EpiPen, which provides you with epinephrine to control anaphylaxis chock.
Whether scratch tests are effective in diagnosing food allergies is still a
bit of a mystery. Your digestive track transforms the food as it passes
through using a variety of chemicals on the partially digested food, which is
much different than placing raw corn protein on a scratch, which is why many
professionals believe it can’t be diagnosed with a scratch test.
Others believe the severity of the corn allergy is what determines whether a
scratch test will work. For example, the scratch test may show a mild
reaction while your stomach cramps are a major reaction.
If you have a corn allergy, you should avoid all foods that have corn such as
cornstarch, corn syrup, cereal extract, vegetable gum, natural flavoring,
gluten, enriched flower, soda, and soy sauce. To be sure read labels.
The only effective treatment for a corn allergy is to avoid foods that
contain corn. Avoidance can be a bit difficult because corn proteins may be
present and yet hidden in many foods. Read the labels carefully for any signs
of corn in the ingredients. Thanks to more recent legislation manufacturers
must produce labels that are so easy to read that a child could understand.
There are many things you can do to help reduce your corn allergy. Vitamins
including an increase in vitamin B, A, C, and E can help, as well as taking
an antioxidant, and glucosamine, which has anti-inflammatory characteristics.
Flavonoids like Quercitin are powerful antioxidants that can boost the immune
system and reduce inflammation, while strengthening the blood vessels and
improving circulation. Always consult your doctor before trying any new
regime to reduce or eliminate your corn allergy. You may require some medical
intervention from your doctor.
However you decide to deal with your corn allergy depends on how serious your
allergy is. But what is important is that you deal with it.