How To Know If You Have A Corn Allergy?

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

so harmful.

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.