Did you know that, theoretically, any food could trigger allergic reactions? Because of that, it is no surprise that about two percent of the global population suffers from this issue according to Womens Health Magazine. In simple terms, an allergy is an aggressive reaction of the immune system to a certain protein found in food, sometimes the body really doesn’t need the protein, but sometimes it misinterprets it for something else.
According to Webmd Allergy symptoms vary, but the most common in women include rash and swelling. Some more serious food allergy symptoms include anaphylactic shock, which is life threatening. We live in the 21st centuries and the medicine is at historical peak, but we still haven’t found the cure for allergies. The best thing we can do for women suffering from food allergies is to ease the symptoms and avoid the triggers.
With no real cure in sight, fighting food allergies is not easy. The safest and the most effective way to prevent them, is to avoid foods that can lead to allergies. As we’ve already mentioned, any type of food can potentially be an allergenic. Still, there are a few foods that are the most common causes of allergic reaction in women. In this article, we discuss the top five allergy’s also recognized by The Food Allergy And Education.
Both fish and shellfish are common allergens. Fish allergy is much more common in adults than in children, and women are affected the same way as men. Once this type of allergy starts, it usually lasts the whole life. Parvalbumin is the name of the protein, which causes it in the majority of cases. Unfortunately, cooking can’t destroy this protein, so the food allergy can occur with any fish product.
When it comes to shellfish, the protein that this type of food contains, which causes allergies is tropomiozin. It often causes allergy reactions and unlike fish and other allergenic foods, shellfish can affect women who didn’t eat it. A person can be affected by it, just by standing close to the food. Luckily, severe reactions are not common and, same as with fish, shellfish allergy reactions include rash and nasal congestion
As many other types of grains, most notably corn and wheat, soy is a food that often causes allergic reactions in women. This allergy is very common among toddlers, but usually goes away after the age of three. However, if this allergy stays, it can make a lot of problems for a person, as soy is one of the most common foods. Almost two-thirds of all processed foods contain soy, so avoiding it might pose a problem.
Luckily, in most cases soy allergy symptoms are mild. Anaphylactic shock cases are close to zero, but some of the most common symptoms of this allergy can be really annoying. For example, the soy allergy can trigger skin reactions, indigestion, mild nausea, etc.
Nuts and Legumes
Although its name suggests otherwise, peanut is actually a legume. This is one of the foods with the highest potential for causing severe allergic reactions, which can lead to anaphylactic shock. Similar is with other nuts and legumes, including walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and Brazil nuts. Still, peanut is the king of allergies – not only does it causes serious reactions; it is also a fairly common allergen.
Peanuts cause allergy in many young girls, but many it goes away in many cases. However, those women that still have the peanut allergy when they grow up, can face some serious issues. As this allergy is potentially deadly, those women need to be very careful about products that contain peanut. Luckily most of the products that contain peanut or traces of it, have warning signs on packaging.
The second most common food allergy among young women is egg allergy. The allergy is very common among young children, but it vanishes in most cases up the age of five. Still, those who don’t lose this allergy will have to avoid products containing eggs, their whole life. Although anaphylactic shock is extremely rare in this case, egg allergy can cause some uncomfortable symptoms. The most common reactions are itchy mouth and throat, skin rash, nausea, asthma, and conjunctivitis.
Egg whites are more likely to trigger allergic reactions than the yolk, which can sometimes be consumed by the person with egg allergy. The proteins that most commonly trigger egg allergy, include ovomucin, ovalbumin, ovotransferin and lizozim, all of which are a part of the egg white. You can’t find these proteins in egg yolk, but it contains some proteins to which certain people are allergic too, although this is very uncommon case.
The most common food allergy in women is the ilk allergy. It is also extremely common among children, who often suffer from allergic reactions to cow milk. There are about twenty different milk proteins that can trigger allergies. Still, the most common allergenic is alfa-s1-kazein, which is abundant in cow milk and its derivatives such as cheese, cream, etc.
Women who suffer from milk allergy need to be very careful as it can trigger all sorts of reactions. To be fair, most of them are pretty mild, but still can be annoying. That’s why it is wise to avoid all foods that contain milk, not only dairy, but also cakes, cookies, shakes and other products that might have traces of milk. Usually, those products will have it written on the declaration.
It seems that the best weapon in the battle with allergies is knowledge. Once you know which food causes it, you’ll be able to avoid it. The scientifically proven fact is that over ninety percent of all food allergies in women are caused by some of these five foods. So, if you’re having any of the symptoms like rash, swelling, itching or something more serious, you should think about removing those foods from your diet. Still, before changing your life completely, it’s wise to visit the doctor and do tests to find out which food is the exact cause of your allergic reaction if you are unsure you can visit the Food and Drug Administration or The Australian Society Of Allergys
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